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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

Portrait Session with Carly Hope

It was fabulous to work with entrepreneur and beautiful mama-to-be Carly Hope back in January! Carly is an amazing sales coach and mentor based in Birmingham, working exclusively with women to empower them in their own successful businesses. In the last year I have been lucky enough to have a couple of coaching calls with Carly and have attended two of her sales workshops.

I gained SO much insight into the sales process and the psychology of it all... How to really connect with potential clients on a deep level, how to connect with what you charge energetically, really value your worth, and how to get comfortable about sharing the price of what you offer with potential clients.

With her down to earth approach and ethos, what she teaches just makes total sense, and is always in my mind when I have sales calls or meetings. I strongly recommend her to all female entrepreneurs, particularly if you are looking to gain sales in your business!

It was a total joy to work with her on this exciting and colourful shoot, and it's great to work with clients like Carly who really recognise the value and importance of great portraits in your branding. Is it time to update yours?

I loved seeing how Carly used the images on her sparkly new website and on her products below!

Keep up to date with Carly for news on her upcoming workshops, seminars and freebies on her Facebook page and website.

And if you're thinking a refreshed portrait is what your business needs right now, get in touch with me at becky@beckyrui.com or give me a call on 07846 351449 and we can have a chat!

Vicky & Ben | Engagement Photography in Wokingham

It seems fitting to share this gorgeous engagement session I did last month with you, on Valentines day! Let me introduce you to Vicky and Ben. I first met Vicky about two years ago at a networking meeting, she's a sports therapist at her company Ocean Sports Therapy. I was thrilled to hear about her engagement when she got in touch with me a year later, and enquired about wedding photography.

They are such a fun and lovely couple and are getting married in Oxford in April. I am so looking forward to capturing their special day.

We did this engagement session a frosty January afternoon at the California Country Park in Wokingham, a few minutes drive from where they live, the sun was shining and it was a really fun shoot!

It was so lovely to spend some time with them before the wedding, catch up again and hear how all their plans are going, before Vicky headed off for the bridesmaid dress fitting!

Soulful Business Portrait Sessions

I always find it so exciting to hear about my clients businesses, get them feeling all the amazing things that they have helped people to achieve, and encouraging them to connect with their ideal client throughout the shoot as they look through the lens! Here are a few of my favourite images from recent business portrait sessions I have had the pleasure of doing with local entrepreneurial ladies, Caroline, Debbie and Lesley.

Caroline Ashlee is a gorgeous Forever Living Products distributor based in High Wycombe. If you've not heard of them, FLP is a company who produce amazing aloe vera based products, from skin care, to aloe drinking gel, to kitchen products! I love using their stuff as they are a company with great ethics, eco awareness and integrity. Aloe is also pretty much one of the best things you can give to your body. Check out her website here to find out more.

Caroline also has other businesses that include training people to use social media more effectively, and has a floristry business, specialising in beautiful gothic arrangements for weddings!

Debbie Sakal is a marketing coach and consultant at her company The Success Shop. She also runs courses using the Get Clients Now! strategy, which I actually took part in back in May. It's a 28 day marketing program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches which Debbie runs using the Get Clients now! book and worksheets with small groups.

I found it to be an empowering way of understanding how to market my business better, look at what was working for me, what wasn't. I would really recommend it. Debbie has since become a great friend and has been so inspiring and supportive to me in my business.

Lesley Beattie is a decluttering coach, working with women to help them live the life they desire from a space that they love! Whether she's helping clients to clearing out their home or office, she's passionate about helping her clients to feel clarity in their environment so that they can focus on what they really want to achieve. Find out more and get tips on decluttering on Lesleys Facebook page.

I received this wonderful testimonial below from Debbie after she received her images

Becky is truly creative and really knows her business. She put me at my ease expertly and quickly, and the photo shoot was fun. The photographs she produced for me are exactly what I need and she delivered them to me in a timely fashion. I would highly recommend Becky to all my colleagues and friends. In fact, I have used her twice now. Thank you Becky.

Caroline and Lesley had their shoot at DeVere Venues Uplands House in High Wycombe, and Debbies session took place at The Chiltern Hotel in Saunderton.

Model Portraits - Priya Hirji

It was wonderful to photograph my beautiful friend Priya Hirji, actress and model at the beginning of the year.

Since we last hung out in January 2012, she's moved to Mumbai and has been busy with a variety of creative work including modelling, acting and working as an assistant director in Bollywood movies. It was fascinating to hear about her new life in India before she jetted back off the very next day!

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