Courtney Adamo is co-founder of Babyccino Kids and mama of five in Byron Bay
Tell us about Babyccino Kids.
Babyccino started more than ten years ago as an online diary, a blog between three mum friends. We shared our discoveries as new mothers – everything from craft projects to recipes, new must-have products to handy parenting tips. Over the years, it has grown and evolved. In addition to our daily blog, we also have a shopping portal representing more than 400 independent children’s brands and boutiques. We also have kid-friendly city guides for six hip cities, and we host our annual ShopUp events in London, New York and Los Angeles.
How has instagram helped grow the business?
Instagram has been a wonderful tool to help gain exposure for Babyccino. I think people love to see the behind-the-scenes of any business – it helps for people to relate and connect when they feel a personal connection, and this has certainly been true for our company. We also love that Instagram has helped connect us to other like-minded mothers, bloggers and businesswomen, and we gain so much inspiration from these other women. Because we work with so many wonderful brands, it’s also a great way for us to highlight them and give exposure on this level.
Lastly, my business partner, Esther, and I wrote a book last year and Instagram was a great way to promote the book and to see photos of families from all over the world enjoying it.
Your feed is beautiful. How do you get the perfect shot and what inspires you?
I normally grab my phone when my kids are doing something cute, and I feel inspired to document it – anything from playing together on the beach, or building a tower of blocks in our living room. Often they don’t even know I’m snapping a photo (I find the best photos are the candid, natural shots). I’m also inspired by nature and our travels and find that Instagram is a great way of quickly documenting places and moments I want to remember. Because we live so far from our extended families, I often view Instagram as a great way to keep our families up to date on the children’s milestones and family adventures. It’s a very personal feed, but perhaps this is why people feel they can connect so easily.
What’s next for you and your business/family?
On a family level, we have now settled in Byron Bay, Australia. We connected really quickly to the local community here, with many thanks to Instagram and the connections we made through it. We are staying put here in this beautiful corner of the world for now.
On a business level, we would like to continue to grow our community. We’d also love to bring our ShopUp events to Australia – I’m hoping to organize an event in Sydney this year.