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“Beautifully Relaxed Photography”

I create premium and luxurious photographs that truthfully and beautifully reflect you, your family and/or your business.

How did it all begin?

After a long and successful TV career travelling the world as a producer and director (most recently for ITV daytime) I left to spend more time with my young children who I had fought a long fertility battle to get. This led me to pursue my dream of starting a photography business to adapted to my new lifestyle. This felt like a very organic transition and now I genuinely feel I have the best job in the world.

After years of producing and directing behind the camera for TV I find such freedom in calling the shots myself and having complete autonomy over the work I produce. My loyal client base is made up primarily of repeat business which I know is due to my connection, trust worthiness, kindness and creativity.

The “why” behind my work is the thrill I get from knowing the images I create for my clients will live on their walls for years to come, cementing their children’s memories and their family stories. Equally for businesses I know my work brings huge value to their brand’s asset portfolio.

What sets your business apart?

Tailor made service
Expert brand knowledge
Professionalism
Expertise
Bespoke product service
Attention to detail
VIP service for high net worth clients
Premium luxury aesthetic
State-of-the-art equipment

What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?

I provide a safe zone of trust where clients can get in front of my camera knowing they will be shown the best version of themselves. It’s my aim to show them a flattering, beautiful, relaxed yet authentic reflection of themselves or their brand.

My premium personal service for time poor professionals and families results in high end portfolios which people can’t wait to show off to the world. The result is I’m giving women the opportunity to finally be present in their family photographs or branding.

My goal is to take the hard work out of booking photo shoots and the product ordering process by providing 1 to 1 viewing sessions, appointments and after care.

Where to next/What is your brand vision?

The future for Kika Mitchell Photography is all about growth:
Creative growth, personal growth, and financial growth. My intention is to have 4 bookings per month consisting of 1 family shoot, 2 branding shoots and press/events work. I would also love to work closely with a creative agency this year for more creative variety.

I plan to expand my press and events coverage in London. My desire is to work with more big brands that fully align with my brand ethos. I’ve already worked with Astley Clarke, M&S, Petersham Nurseries and Olivia Burton.

Kika Mitchell

Founder of

Kika Mitchell Photography

What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?

Self worth, personal growth particularly “Inner child work”, emotional honesty, aesthetic beauty, documenting memories, women in art, family artwork and accessible physical photo prints to boost self esteem for children and families!

Share an example of early life that has shaped you?

I am an only child, with a weird name and curly hair. Growing up all I wanted was to fit in and be like everyone else. I have grown to accept and love my differences and my natural gifts. This has taken lots of work and acceptance and now I nurture all the different versions of myself, the little Kika, the 20 something Kika, mid-life Kika and the future Kika. I want to make older Kika so proud of what I’m about to achieve. I also now respect and admire that I don’t fit in, I’m totally unique and hopefully fairly memorable.

Highlights of your business journey so far?

Various magazine & press publications. Being featured by Vogue Italia.

High end brand collaborations and press events such as M&S, Olivia Burton and Astley Clarke. Where I have met previous TV colleagues knowing I’ve got their under my own steam of my new career.

Key lessons you have learned along the way?

You must be willing to have awkward conversations.
Pricing is subjective.
Family and friends are not your clients.
Don’t compare.
Business is business.

Best piece of advice you have received?

“There’s the quick and the unlucky!”

Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?

Don’t price too low – you will devalue your industry.

Where you are now is the sum of everything you have done before – you are not the novice you think you are just because you are starting something new.

What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?

I’ve had no funding – I’m proud I made this happen all by myself.

Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?


Inner child work has helped me comfort the scared little girl who used to constantly people-please and was fearful of abandonment. I am a work in progress.

Why is it important to support women-led business?

I love supporting other female founded businesses to enable female financial growth and independence. Ultimately if the world was commandeered by women it would undoubtedly be a stronger, more connected and more wonderful place for our children to thrive.

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Kika Mitchell

My inspiration is...

my mother. she is beautiful, strong, kind and always curious.

My greatest fear is...

not being heard.

The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is...

taking a leap of faith and leaving my TV career for photography.

Guilty pleasure?

daytime cinema trips alone.

Mantra you live by?

done is better than perfect.

Female role model?

emmaline pankhurst, we even named our daughter emmeline

Women-led brand you love?

mpowder, reign, stripe and stare

Top productivity tool?

quarterly goal setting sessions with other photographers.

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