Hello there, I’m Rebecca and I live and have a lovely office in Ashford, Kent. My days are completed by my husband Mark (an übermaths geek) and our cute cat Misu and two kittens Atlas and Solar (if you’re wondering, their names are inspired by my favourite pudding Tiramisu and our geek streaks for geography and the sun!).
What totally makes me tick is telling a story and this starts by putting you at the heart of what I do, hearing about the dreams for your big day and how you would like my photography to be shaped around that. You could say this is my mission, to capture you, being you having the best day of your lives.
I love capturing love. It is a total treat to work with folk to create elegant, soft, natural images with a creative twist. Photos are so important, the still frames that are our connection to our past and our legacy for the future.
One of my first jobs was processing 35mm film at Lawn’s in Broadstairs so photography and I have had a long history! I am lucky enough to teach folk photography and advise on employability in higher education.
I love walking in deserted woodland and I am easily distracted by nature, birds fascinate me (not-so-closet RSPB, National Trust & Woodland Trust member!) and I adore being outside, seeing, listening and just being. I did a geography degree so being good to our environment is important to me. I am a coastal bird and have a beach hut each summer to enjoy spending time the coast, ice cream in my hand and paddling in the sea. My favourite colour is turquoise and all shades of soft minty blue – I love the colour of blackbird eggs!
I have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 100m2 of new native woodland, which I am delighted to see certified today. In time this will absorb at least 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping me to reduce my business carbon footprint. By calculating the business milage I do and looking at my office space use, 4 tonne is more than double what I estimate to produce so I wanted to buy more that I needed to really offset and put back. You can read more about this by clicking here.
Music is my life blood. I always listen to spotify (click here for a list of my favourite tunes to edit to), sing and play piano and sax. Mark and I play in The Railway Swing Band, raising money for local charities and had a ball playing in a function band too! Our first dance was one of the first songs we play in the band we met in, Billy Joel’s Just the Way you are and we walked out of our ceremony to Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson – happy tunes!
You could say I am a cardigan-wearing-craft addict, always crocheting, sewing and making which includes my handmade packaging. It is made from sustainable sourced materials and one of my albums is completely eco-friendly too!
My work has been featured on leading wedding blogs (RocknRoll Bride, Rock My Wedding, Boho Weddings, Love My Dress, Offbeat Bride, Whimsical Wonderland Wedding, Bloved, English Wedding, Wantthatwedding, Under The Vintage Veil, The Natural Wedding Company, Creative Brides and French Wedding Style). Mollie Makes (an international craft & DIY magazine) published some of my work in their wedding special in 2012 and in Pretty Patches Magazine and The Sewing Shop in Canterbury commissioned a day of documentary photography of a fabric shopping trip in Paris. The Times Newspaper featured an image of a couple in their wedding announcement section and locally my work has been recognised by Your Kent Wedding who used my image on their Nov/Dec 2012, May/June 2013, and Sept/Oct 2013 covers as well as feature work within the magazine. Kent Bride magazine has used one of my images on the cover of their 2013/14 publication and featured Katy & Simon’s Port Lympne Wedding. Kent Life has also published Yuan & Phil’s beautiful wedding and some sunsets images too.
I have been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Kent Wedding Awards 2013 and I am totally delighted to have made it through to the Regional Finals in The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Photographer – London and South East. This means the world to me as it is feedback from couples that I have worked with that has led to the Regional stage of this national Award.
I am really lucky to have worked with so many lovely couples at such beautiful venues and I am delighted to be a preferred photographer at Preston Court, The National Trust’s Scotney Castle, Odo’s Barn, Chiddingstone Castle, Kingshill Barn at Elmley Nature Reserve, Aspinall’s Port Lympne Mansion House, The Ferry House Inn, The Secret Garden at Mersham, Marleybrook House, Wadhurst Castle and The Great Barn at Rolvenden.
I am an obsessive Yorkshire Tea drinker so if you want to meet up at my office in Ashford and chat, just drop me a line and the tea is on me!
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