Snapshot of success

FAMILY SUPPORT: Whyalla 2020 Businesswoman of the Year Amy Quist (front) with her husband Matt and family members Gareth Molyneux, Carrianne Molyneux, Rick Molyneux and Pam Molyneux.
FAMILY SUPPORT: Whyalla 2020 Businesswoman of the Year Amy Quist (front) with her husband Matt and family members Gareth Molyneux, Carrianne Molyneux, Rick Molyneux and Pam Molyneux.

For the amount of time she'd spent capturing other people's special moments, Friday night was certainly a special moment reserved for Amy Quist.

The 2020 Whyalla Businesswoman of the Year, Amy Quist didn't initially get the same chance to celebrate her accomplishment as previous recipients of the award because of coronavirus restrictions.

However Enterprising Women held a meet and greet at the Middleback Arts Centre (MAC) on Friday to ensure Amy got her time in the sun.

Ms Quist said it was a great opportunity to celebrate her accomplishment with the community at a social gathering - something that COVID-19 has made a rare occurrence.

"Ryan Sutherland and the team from the MAC did a really great job of thinking outside the box to comply with COVID restrictions and it was just a really nice night to get together and meet like-minded business people," she said.

"This whole experience has been really humbling, even to just be nominated was really excited because there are so many talented and driven businesswomen in our town.

"This has made me realise that hard work does pay off, running a business is not easy especially for mums, because when you become a mother you tend to lose yourself a bit."

Amy's business, Bubbles of Sunshine Photography, provide a vital service in the community by giving new families the opportunity to get photos of their newborn babies.

However her business was hit hard by coronavirus, particularly in the early stages of the pandemic in March and April which forced Amy to close her studio.

But it also gave her the idea to create a mobile version of her business - which led to the creation of the Front Porch Project, where Amy would hit the streets of Whyalla to take photos of families on their front porch.

The initiative proved immensely popular with the community, and saw Amy covering over 60 streets around town and photographing hundreds of families.

"It was really good for families who were in total isolation due to medical reasons, and it gave me an opportunity to capture a changing time within our society."

Now Amy is back in her studio taking newborn photos, with the only part of her business currently 'up in the air' being wedding photography.

"It's great to see locals still supporting small businesses, especially during this time," Ms Quist said.