I'm on a Podcast! - Adulting With Ebonie

I had so much fun on Ebonie Allard’s amazing podcast @adultingwithebonie, of which I am a huge fan! Podcasts are one of my go-to’s when I’m working on photos from my computer, road tripping or cooking, and are one of my favourite ways to receive information, get to know about people, learn, and be entertained!

Each week, Ebonie and her guest discuss what it means to be a kickass and kind adult in our modern world, share personal stories and ideas about how to navigate that and explore the most fascinating and important topics such as sovereignty, creativity, privilege, intimacy, love and more. In this episode we talk about:

✔️ Age. And the ways it is and isn’t important
✔️ How taking risks adds value to our lives
✔️ The fluidity of identity
✔️ How our environment affects our sense of self
✔️ Where to start with creating an environment that works for you

Plus, we talk about learning to trust and take great leaps of faith in order to grow and evolve our identities out of their comfort zones.

I’ve known Ebonie for a few years and love our friendship and our creative brand photo shoots, and it was a real honour to collaborate on her podcast!

Listen to the episode on iTunes or any of your fav podcast providers. Link to the show is in Ebonie’s bio and at www.adultingwithebonie.com.

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Patti Buttrick - Rapid Therapy - London Personal Brand Shoot

What a joy it was to photograph beautiful Patti earlier this summer. She was looking for a series of portraits for her website as she launches her London based Rapid Transformation Therapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy business.

We explored her WHY, what it is that she most loves about this work, how powerfully it transforms the lives of her clients, and through their journey with her allows them to really live their life in all it’s wonder. Do go and find out more about her amazing work here if you’re curious!

Personal branding is so much about building relationships, and for your photography to be effective, it must be honest and in alignment with the work you do.

One of the most important things about the pre-shoot process and the shoots I do, is to get clear about who your ideal clients actually are. When you know who it is that your business is here to serve, we can feel into the energy of where those people might be at right now, how they’re feeling when they’re looking for the support they need (in this case, to overcome the fears, challenges and anxieties that hold them back), and therefore what energies we need to tap into on the day of the shoot and capture.

Personal branding is so much about building relationships, and for your photography to be effective it must be honest and in alignment with the work you do - with a sense of connection that helps the people you love to work with resonate with you. It should assist your ideal clients in getting to know you, feeling truly safe to reach out, connect and work with you.

I loved learning about her personal journey and experiences that led her to create this business, and the values of integrity, respect, efficiency and enjoyment that shine through her work and personality, and the results she gets with her clients.

We had such a fun time creating a variety of portraits and story telling shots and I am thrilled to see how she’s using them. See what Patti had to say about her experience of the shoot here.

If you’re looking to launch a website for your business or want to step up your visibility online and need photos to match, email me at becky@beckyrui.com and let’s explore your brand and photography!

Time to update your brand photography or getting ready to launch your own website? Email me at becky@beckyrui.com and let’s explore your best shoot!

Client Feature - Kim Morrison & The Art of Self Love

It’s so beautiful to see some of the ways my dear client and friend Kim Morrison has been using the photos from our Paris photo shoot - and amazing to see the launch of her new book The Art of Self Love!

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I am honoured to see one of our photographs on its cover - it just glows with her beautiful energy as do the magazine spreads below.

It’s such a joy to follow my clients journeys after all we do together, to be a part of capturing it is a real pleasure! Kim is one of the kindest, most inspiring and beautiful women I have the pleasure of knowing 💙 You can see more photos from our shoot on the blog here.

I believe if you’re really wanting to increase your visibility and attract quality PR opportunities it’s so important to have a bank of personal brand photography ready that you feel confident with so that you’re all set when they come along, to share your message and story.

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Is it time to invest in your photography and be seen, once and for all? Email me at becky@beckyrui.com.

Ozora Festival on Film - 2017

I didn't share these photos of my time at Ozora Festival last summer last year. It was such an intense 10 days and I just didn't have the words to describe it, and even this will be brief - I'll let the photos tell the story.

A year has now passed and I've been thinking about it, so finally am sharing the festival through my eyes. I do love these photographs - being immersed and capturing the story of a place and time, the people and the culture is one of my faaavourite things in the world!!

There were so many absolutely beautiful, alienating, magical, terrifying, weird and wonderful moments which I journaled about a lot about at the time... I learnt a lot (mostly that I just cannot handle any length of psytrance), had new perspectives, met some amazing people, some I am still friends with and who I see as real Earth angels.

All photos were shot on my Nikon F100. It was mostly 35mm Portra 400 and some 35mm Revlog Kolor film, which you can buy here (these are the ones with the funky colours going on). I prefer the Portra shots because it's just my favourite film type, and the ones on Revlog came out a bit muddy and I don't love the tonal quality of them. In some ways they add to the effect though, and it was definitely cool to try it out anyway.

You can see more of my personal work here, images taken on 35mm film here and more blog posts from my travels here.

Event: Find the Courage to be Visible with Your Brand

It's such an honour to be speaking at the next Brighton & Hove Therapies event: Healthy Business Hub on Wed 25th July 2018!

I'll be sharing about how to use photography to create real and meaningful engagement with your audience, what it means to 'be yourself' in your brand and have a clear message, finding the confidence to be VISIBLE, and why it matters so much.

Being self employed is an incredible journey and can trigger so many of the questions and doubts we have about ourselves and who we are to show up with what we have to say - this talk is going to bust some of those fears that can hold us back from our most authentic expression, we'll look at how photography and storytelling impact your brand and how you can use it to grow your business soulfully and attract more ideal clients.

I've looooved this regular high vibe meetup since I moved to Brighton and am so excited to for this next one!

Come join us, tickets here.

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Which version of you are your clients and followers getting?

Which photo of yourself are you currently using on Facebook, Instagram, on your website etc? And also, which photo of you is showing up when your mailing list subscribers get your welcome email? 😱 What about on your call scheduling system? On WhatsApp? Your Fb Page? Skype? Twitter? Email banner? LinkedIn (yeah I kinda forgot that was a thing for a minute too...)!

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Are they all aligned and up to date? Or are people still getting that headshot you had done like, 5 years ago, before you moved away and cut your hair?? (...just me?)

When I get new pics I aim to update them across all the platforms and touch points I have with my clients and followers, so that the version of me they see is aligned across all of the places, and a true reflection of where I’m at.

It’s important because:

  1. It shows I’m active and present on my social/Skype/emails/site (which is vital to show if people want to get in touch but aren’t sure if you’re still using that profile)
  2. Shows I’m up to date on what I’m doing, growing & evolving over time - in my craft & physically
  3. Shows I actually care about how my biz is evolving over time, that I’m excited to share it! If I genuinely believe in my work and am excited to share from my heart, my ideal clients will feel it too. ❤️
  4. As you move up to the next level in your work, using photos that are current & high vibing REFLECTS that shift. When your imagery and branding is on point with this new step up, you’ll attract clients of a new calibre
  5. It’s interesting and fun for my peeps to see new pics and keeps it engaging for the right reasons
  6. Part of the message of my own biz is about keeping your life, work & personal brand fresh and true, so for me to role model that feels important. Do you share these values?

SO. Where’ve you forgotten to update your photos?

When will you make time to get them all aligned?

It’s super fast to swap the pics over to new ones & will help to create a much more congruent and consistent brand identity.

Let me know what you do! (Or how old the pics were that you had up!!)

P.S. Are all of your brand images just plain out of date? Message me at becky@beckyrui.com and let’s plan your new shoot to support you in reaching your dream clients. 2 spots left in June for U.K. (and maybe Paris???! Wanna join?).