Name: Nell Mallia of Nell Mallia Photography 

Where are you based and what do you do?

I’m a natural light photographer based in Larkhall, Bath.

What inspired you to start your business?

When our eldest was a baby and I was writing my blog, I really loved the style of family photography a lot of American and Australian bloggers I followed had, and wished there was someone taking photos like that in the UK – relaxed, natural photography that really captured the magic of everyday life with children. That style inspired the photos I took of our daughter for my blog and readers started asking if I’d be interested in photographing their family as no one else was doing that sort of photography in our area. I decided to give it a go and launched my business.

What do you love about running a business in Bath?

As a photographer, it’s an incredible place to shoot in, with so many beautiful corners of the city and countryside to use as locations. The families and couples I photograph are so lovely and so many of my bookings are recommendations – plus there are lots of brilliant small businesses looking to work with other creatives based in the city. It’s a really supportive community.

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?

Can I grab a salad instead of a sandwich? The food at Mokoko Coffee in town is so good, I’ll always head there if I want to grab something yummy.

Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?

I really love Boston Tea Party on Alfred Street. It’s really big so you can always grab a table and lots of yummy food and drink on the menu. It’s such a bright, relaxed and friendly place – I think it reflects the type of laid back photographer I am.

Which bar do you head to after a tough day?

You’re much more likely to find me in my PJs, in front of the TV with a massive bar of chocolate!

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?

That’s a tricky one, because there are so many amazing local women who I think are doing awesome things, but Sleepy Doe is brilliant. It’s a beautiful brand with an amazing ethos, and my girls and I all wear and love their PJs.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

Get on Instagram and start following other small businesses and bloggers who are based in Bath. It’s the best way to meet people and find out about events and communities that can support and develop your business. Bath is such a creative place with so much happening here – get out there and introduce yourself! So many people find out about me via IG – it’s the best platform for my business.