Mouse About Town celebrated her 1st birthday last week...and what a year it's been!
I've an established wedding photography business that I run through www.gillthomas.co.uk, but Mouse About Town began, (like all good ideas) over a glass of wine, (or two!) towards the end of 2013. My son's wooden ride on mouse was parked up in the corner of our snug lounge and it got me thinking about names. Seeing him on it whizzing along the pavements of Cheltenham town inspired the name Mouse About Town.
In January 2014, coincidently at about the same time as I finished breast feeding our daughter, work hormones must have kicked in. I burned the midnight oil designing and building the website and then in March I launched Mouse About Town on Facebook. In a year I've hit over 1,150 likes and had so much support from everyone, it's been incredible.
One of the real highlights of last year was opening The Mousehole, my new photography studio, which is located in The Suffolks in Cheltenham. It's small but perfectly formed and ever so cosy and quirky. It's bursting at the seams with vintage props and brilliant car boot finds. My children often find toys of theirs that I've quietly snuck out of the house while they were watching Peppa Pig!
The studio has opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me and was the perfect venue to host my birthday party! We celebrated in style with two FREE cake smash marathon events. It was brilliant to share my birthday with all the little ones, who all had enormous fun smashing their cakes, bashing balloons and generally making a complete mess! I even had a cake waiting for me when I got home, made by my fabulous Mr Mouse!
Looking ahead, one of the highlights of this year is the new collaboration that's in the pipeline with Winston's Wish. It's a charity very close to my heart and I'm excited to see how things develop.
For now though, here are two photo shoots from Saturday...
Happy Birthday to me x