About - Creative Success Coach

Emma O'Brien I Business & Life coach

I'm also a mum to 1 human, multiple dogs
& a parrot called Richard.

I'm an award winning photographer, coach, creative, mentor & reformed 'busy' addict. 

After getting divorced in 2008, I moved from the UK to South Africa. This was an opportunity to start afresh, make work that lit me up (hello rescue dogs!) and business build with some actual strategy. I soon gained a client base and guess what, became super busy, again, because frankly, I didn't know any better. My reason for creating took a backseat as I took on more and more work. Ironically, despite working all the available hours I could, I was broke.

then i moved continents in 2009

I became a photographer 18 years ago because I wanted to use my skills to make a difference in the world. But I had a young daughter to care for and I needed to earn money, so instead of making work that mattered to me (at the time I knew nothing about ideal clients, business strategy or setting goals) I took on any and every job that came my way.  If busyness was an olympic sport, I'd have been a gold medalist (client acquisition & marketing have always been my forte) and I burnt myself out working 24/7 to survive.


Struggle, overwhelm, stress & anxiety were my reality for the first decade of my journey as an entrepreneur.

Jane, one of my many dogs.

I've been coaching clients alongside my photography business since 2019 and as well as being a certified HeartMath coach I have a wealth of  entrepreneurship experience to share.

I believe in helping my clients design careers and businesses around their life & family goals in a joyful and meaningful way.


"always remember that your success begins inside you:if you can't see it first, no one else ever will." - chuck norris

My own journey taught me that success is an inside job. It's impossible to make positive changes when you lack the confidence, self belief or strategies needed to take the first few steps towards a new way of being.

The work begins with you and I'm here to help.

When we feel better, we do better.

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