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Mid-Shoot Selfie with Molly!

Mid-Shoot Selfie with Molly!

Earlier this month, I was thrilled to have my own photo shoot! Yes - photos taken of ME! It was so good to understand what my clients go through and what it's like to be on the other side of the camera.

It had been a couple of years since my last professional photo-shoot (yes I know, so long!). SO MUCH has changed for me and my life and business in the last 6 months, let alone in the last two years! It was most definitely time to refresh.

As the date of my shoot came closer I felt all sorts of things come up... Excitement and nervousness to become more visible, fears around how I would look in the photos, what to wear and a few worries about 'getting it right'.

All of the stuff that came up for me was relevant and needed to be heard so that I could move forward without resistance, but not all of it seemed helpful! I acknowleged the feelings that came up, recognised what was true and useful and what was just ego rubbish that I could let go of.

Photography in business communicates so much of who you are, what you're like, how you work, and creates an emotional response with your prospects when they see it in your marketing. I KNOW the power that it has in branding, so I wanted to prepare well and be confident about the locations/outfits/props I was going to use.

So leading up to the shoot, I worked through the process that I use with my clients to get clarity on my personal brand and what I wanted to communicate through my photographs. As I felt into my desires and goals for the next 6 months, I thought about where I specifically wanted to use photographs of myself (website pages, blog posts, mail-outs and social media), and it helped me to decide on the various locations, outfits, and props that I wanted to use with each look. I feel more confident than ever about the process I've created for my clients!

Molly shooting me in the blossom!

Molly shooting me in the blossom!

The shoot was fantastic, I worked with wonderful Molly Matcham who came down to London from Cumbria for our time together, and we had SO MUCH FUN! I have followed her beautiful work for a long time, and was thrilled to get infront of her lens and creative eye for this shoot. I can't wait to see the photographs when they are ready!

It is so valuable to walk your talk and set the example for your clients and those around you, and since my shoot I've been able to use my many learnings during shoots and consultations with my clients.

Writing this post feels a bit scary and vulnerable, but I want to be real with you, and you always grow in the process! So here are a few of the personal learnings I made from my own photo shoot experience.

Be kind to yourself

A week or so before the shoot, I found myself worring about looking bad in the photos... Whether it was looking a bit podgy or spotty or ugly or whatever. It was not helpful, not real, but it is something that came up, and a worry that comes up for my clients all the time. I'm not generally someone who let's themselves slip into this way of thinking too much, but knowing that I was going to be photographed made me feel like there was some kind of finality about that.

I reminded myself of the truth I tell my amazing clients; The purpose of your branding photography is to help you become highly visible. To connect with your people. To tell a story about who you are and what you do. To acknowlege yourself and step into your greatness, and have fun with that! To STRENGTHEN your personal brand, which is ultimately YOU.

Acknowlege these deep feelings and send them some love. They're trying to protect you, but they will keep you small if you let them.

Recognise what you DO have to be grateful for about your body, whether you can walk or talk or see or hear or think or feel or inspire others. Be thankful for all that you are... Release these worries about how you look.

This negative-self-talk/visibility topic is HUGE and there is so much to say, but what also helped me to get back in my power and forget about the ego-rubbish was to remind myself that I absolutely LOVE the work I do, that the way I work with my clients is unique and transformational, and that I am available for new and existing clients.

So, I need to be VISIBLE for my ideal clients to find me, and I need to have new photographs to help to connect. Step out of your own way.  The work you're here to do is SO MUCH GREATER than any of the negative self talk.

Be seen for who you really are and you'll connect with your audience and ideal clients on a much deeper level.

Behind the scenes pic from one of our last looks on the shoot!

Behind the scenes pic from one of our last looks on the shoot!

Let go, let go, let go.

I can be a perfectionist, and I worried too much before the shoot about the things that WERE within my control... What are the PERFECT locations/outfits/accessories/makeup for the message I want to communicate? I didn't want to get it all wrong.

These pieces are very important to consider, but I was over-thinking and I caught myself. So when I realised what I was doing, I imagined what I say to clients who are in this position, and reminded myself... Aren't these photos about making a REAL connection with people online? Isn't the most important thing that you're being AUTHENTIC and relaxed? Yes.

So relax, and choose your looks and locations based on what you'd REALLY wear, and where you'd REALLY go. I told myself - this photo shoot is not going to define me for the rest of my life! I told myself to lighten up!! This is all about having fun, and being who I am.

It was also especially important as a photographer to let go and trust Molly to capture me. I honestly didn't feel too concerned about this, because I really do trust her and had asked her to photograph me because I love her work. Before the shoot I'd already shared with her what I was looking for,  I knew she got where I'm at and I could relax about that. It was a wonderful experience to totally surrender and trust her to capture me! I can't wait to see the photos!

If you're feeling held back by fears around visibility in your business, know that this is something we can navigate together. If you're considering using photography in a bigger way to help tell your story and attract more of your ideal clients, send me an email at  becky@beckyrui.com and let's speak!

Destination Photographer - Shooting in Lanzarote

It's been amazing to spend a few days in Lanzarote and so wonderful to do two photo shoots there with two very inspiring entrepreneurial ladies!

Although Lanzarote is usually thought of as a holiday destination, they have both left their lives in the UK within the last couple of years and relocated here, continuing to run their successful businesses from the beautiful island. It was inspiring to hear about that journey, and great to remember that you can run your business from anywhere in the world!

It is always a privilege to work with women who are passionate about making a difference in the world and changing lives, and helping them to engage with their people through new photography is such an honour.

I also loved getting out to shoot some personal work while I was there, and can't wait to send off my film to the lab! For now, heres a few phone pics!

Check out more from my Instagram account here!

Behind the scenes on my Paris shoot!

It was so great to head back to shoot in Paris earlier this week... I love this beautiful city and it is always such an honour to get to travel to meet my clients at their dream locations!

I had such a fun day shooting with my beautiful client around some stunning settings (we are spoilt for choice in Paris!) and I'm so excited about the photographs we created!

Behind the scenes shot from my amazing shoot in   Paris   this week with beautiful client Kendall. Doesn't she look amazing! Hair and makeup by the lovely and talented  Allison Depriestre !

Behind the scenes shot from my amazing shoot in Paris this week with beautiful client Kendall. Doesn't she look amazing! Hair and makeup by the lovely and talented Allison Depriestre!

Heres a quick video I made after our time together.

Where would your dream photo shoot be? Where do you plan to travel this year? How would portraits of you taken in that location serve you?

I would love to join you there. Email me at becky@beckyrui.com and let's explore the possibilites!

Happy New Year!

As we come to the end of the year, I'd love to thank you for your business and support and share a few of my highlights with you!

February saw me flying across the world to join an amazing photography-business workshop with photographer Jonathan Canlas in Hawaii! It was a huge step up for me to achieve this goal, which at some times felt totally out of reach... But I made it, I learned so much and made some great friendships with other photographers around the world.

How wonderful to be chosen to be the wedding photographer for some awesome couples in Oxford, London and Surrey. It was an honour to capture more beautiful weddings and special moments for my amazing clients and their families.

Including an impromptu wedding harlem shake...!

On a hot and sweaty day in July I found myself in a London studio shooting a cover for an online magazine with Vince Kidd, an artist from the first series of talent show The Voice.

Loved shooting more fashion work for the worlds leading modelling agencies with talent in London and Los Angeles!

And shot some of London Fashion Week!

I photographed more charity events for Handbags-For-Hospices and AIDSArk which included shooting an intimate fund-raising dinner at Graham Nortons London home!

I was beyond thrilled to be invited to shoot abroad this year! I travelled to beautiful Paris for a special family portrait session with one of my cherished 2012 wedding clients - it was such a pleasure to catch up with them and capture the next part of their story with their gorgeous baby boy, spending the whole day exploring their favourite parts of town!

I also shot a really cool up and coming band Wild China in Fuerteventura! It was so great to shoot in a totally different kind of environment and do something so creative... It was so inspiring and I can't wait to be able to share the photos! I'm excited to have been booked for more destination shoots next year! Yay!

I worked with more fantastic entrepreneurial men and women, capturing soulful and engaging portraits for their businesses. I love helping my clients to relax into the session, taking the fear away from being photographed and bring out the passion they have for what they do... Creating photos that they are proud to use!

So what have you been up to this year? I'd love to hear your highlights!

You can keep up to date with my offers and adventures on my blog here, or you can find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the new year and wish you a beautiful 2014! xxx

Radio Appearance on Marlow FM

Earlier this month I was invited to come in to Marlow FM to join Sarah Hunt on her late morning show with co-host Sue Ing-Simmons! It was a last minute thing and I was really excited to step up and come in for my radio debut! :) The theme of the show that week was 'The Outdoors', so on the day Sarah asked me to share a few tips with her listeners on how to get the most out of your shots when working outside.

In almost all of my work I use natural light, either working outdoors or with window light, so I had lots of insights and ideas to give from my experience, and we had a chat about lots of other things photography related in between.

Click the link below to hear the fab show, and my inappropriate choice of song request! ...I am defending my love of Hot Chip here - I just said to Sarah off air "play anything by Hot Chip" which may not have been totally appreciated by their listeners when 'Careful' came on! Oh god...)

Thanks so much to everyone who tweeted, texted and typed to us on Facebook, I was so grateful for your support after I mentioned that I was on Marlow FM on my twitter and Facebook page!

Click here to listen to the show!

Above - Sarah and myself taken by Sue.

Behind the scenes with Pepsi and Shirlie at an OK Magazine shoot

Last month I was excited and honoured to be invited by Pepsi and Shirlie to go behind the scenes at their OK Magazine shoot. These beautiful 80s pop icons have been busy preparing for the promotion of promotion of the release of Wham! The Final CD, that marks the 25th anniversary of their farewell compilation album from 1986. Theres a great article about it all on the Shapers of the 80s blog here.

The shoot took place at The Shoreditch Studios, London. The room we were working in was a large versatile space, even with a stylish kitchen at one end! I've not been to a studio like that before!

I could see myself doing any kind of shoot there... Its a vibrant place with many studios that a lot of magazines use... I didn't know who I was going to bump into next!

The photographer for the shoot was Lorna Roach, styling by Bronagh Meere and hair and makeup by Jolanda Coetzer. The spread is in the current copy of OK magazine now!

Here are some of my behind the scenes photos!