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Shop Local ~ Catrina Duthie, Wedding Planner of Love Cat D Weddings & Events

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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This time Sarah’s speaking with the uber-organised brains behind Love Cat D Weddings & Events, Catrina Duthie!

Love Cat D Glasgow Wedding Planner Interview

Have you thought about wedding planning?”, her boyfriend Andrew (now husband) asked. She hadn’t, until now. It played to all of her strengths; her love of organising (I totally get this, love me some organising ~ Sarah), her desire to help people and her soft spot for being part of such a happy occasion.

Cat’s a born and bred islander. Growing up in Mossbank, Shetland meant “complete and utter freedom as a kid. As long as you’re home for your dinner, all was well.” Ah, island life… With two younger sisters, Cat has always been the organised one (or the bossy one as she says); always trying to help her wee sisters “learn faster” at school. Her adventurous streak saw her leave Shetland at 16 and head off to study performing arts at college in Coventry. It was here that her confidence to speak to new people was founded.

Love Cat D Glasgow Wedding Planner Interview

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Shop Local ~ Joe & Steph of The Bygone Photobooth Company

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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Next up we have Steph & Joe, the masterminds behind The Bygone Photobooth Company

It all began when an East End boy met a West End girl. In Bloc. And it was heart shaped eyes at first sight… At least for Joe anyway. His persistence when it came to wooing Steph soon paid off and he whisked her out on an amazing first date. It even featured, at Steph’s request, a homemade mask; a sign of things to come perhaps?

When I asked who inspired them to set up their own business Joe is quick to answer, “Steph, 100% she is the brains behind it all”.

“It was a team effort”, says Steph.

“Bollocks,” says Joe, “Steph is always pushing to be better, and up her game, always pushing us to be better people.” Steph is getting a bit misty eyed at this, it’s all too cute.

They didn’t know what kind of business they wanted to run, they just knew they wanted to make it on their own and be self-employed. In Steph’s own words to Joe, “I want to start something, are you with me?”

Joe naturally said “Yes!”

After completing a black and white film class at Glasgow School of Art and having fallen in love with vintage film techniques; the ball had begun rolling on their photo booth idea.

Bygone Photobooth Vintage Cameras by Fotomaki Photography

Their collection of 4 vintage cameras, one was even made in St Vincent St, Glasgow!

To make their dream a reality, they decided to start saving hard. To finance ‘Bygone’ they worked 5 jobs between them and stayed in Joe’s parent’s conservatory on a mattress. Dedication level: maximum! They started sourcing all the equipment they would need, one piece at a time. Despite large boxes being delivered every week and then piled high in the conservatory (for what would become The Bygone Photobooth Company), they somehow managed to keep everything a secret from their friends and family initially.

The planning stage lasted for a year and everything was meticulously organised. And still, nobody knew what they were up to. How they kept it a secret for so long, I do not know. Behind the scenes, they had all their social media and website waiting to be launched and a grand unveiling was planned at ‘Blitzed’, a 1940’s themed club night at The Old Hairdressers. It was the perfect accompaniment to the vintage themed affair. Their photobooth was a runaway success and on the 28th of February 2014, ‘The Bygone Photobooth’ was born!

The Bygone Photobooth Company

Top left picture from their first outing at Blitzed from ScotCampus.com, Bottom left photobooth set up picture by Martin D Barker, Main photobooth picture supplied by Bygone Photobooth Company

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Shop Local ~ Lisa Franchetti of The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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Let’s kick things off with Lisa Franchetti; founder and owner of The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow.

The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow interview by Fotomaki Photography

The idea for The Little Cake Parlour was formed in January 2006, on a trip to Amsterdam. Lisa was mesmerised by a kitsch little cake shop and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place like this in Glasgow?”

“You should do it!” said her boyfriend, Declan. It’s all his fault apparently.

Lisa had always felt at home in the kitchen. In fact, she had a talent that been passed down through the generations from her Grandmother. And so the adventure began. The seeds of what would become The Little Cake Parlour had been sown and on her return to Glasgow she would see her Mum and state proudly “I’m going to be a baker!”

In the humble beginnings of her parent’s home, the planning of Lisa’s exciting new business began. She started selling cakes and cookies to local cafes and hosted a stall at weekend farmer’s markets. I don’t know how their oven wasn’t worn out as things took off fast! Her specialty was cupcakes, which at the time were quite new to the UK, and people loved them. Wedding cupcake orders began flooding in as brides were keen to stand out from the crowd with their chosen cake. The Little Cake Parlour was ahead of the curve on this one, maybe even the cupcake trendsetter. Things progressed quickly and Lisa found herself doing less wholesale and more bespoke orders. In 2008/2009 she did 60 cupcake wedding orders alone! In need of more space to bake and a place to meet and consult with all her new wedding clients; in late 2009, The Little Cake Parlour shop in Pollokshaws, Glasgow was opened.

The cupcake craze was at its peak at this point. Due to the success of the shop, Lisa was run off her feet with queues out the door. “It was mad”, she says. The dream of opening a quirky cake shop in Glasgow had been achieved. And she doesn’t just make cakes for the ‘average Joe’ either. Providing the cakes for the MOBO awards has been a highlight of her career with My Chemical Romance, McFly and Ed Sheeran also featuring among her star-studded clientele.

The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow interview by Fotomaki Photography

Some of Lisa’s beautiful cake creations on display at her studio.

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