Getting to Know – Serendipity Studio

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Interview With: Christina Webster

Company Name: Serendipity Studio (Now Chrissie Mobile Hair and Makeup)


Location: 77 High Street, Egham, Surrey

How did Serendipity Studio get started and how long has the business been going?

Serendipity Studio has been open since April 2010. For the previous 29 years I had worked in the television and film industry as a Hair and Make-Up Designer/Artist, and had decided that due to conditions in the industry I no longer wished to continue in that direction, but loved what I did. So I decided to offer the general public everything that I did in the industry, in a unique TV and film orientated studio where I could offer a celebrity star service. I have also gained a wealth of experience, tips and tricks over the years that I am more than happy to pass on. I love and have a great passion for what I do.

Serendipity Studio, Hair and Beauty Salon in Egham, Surrey

How many people work at Serendipity Studio?

Currently there is only myself here. I do have a fellow work mate that sometimes comes in to help out on busy days.

Why is the business called Serendipity Studio?

I chose the name Serendipity firstly because it’s my favourite word, and secondly because it means ‘fate’ or ‘making happy chances’, and I believe fate lead me to do this.

Bridal hair and make-up by Serendipity Studio

What products/services do you offer?

We offer a wide range of services: Makeovers, youngsters’ make-up , make-up lessons, MOT your make-up bag, skin camouflage, make-up for fancy dress, threading, hair dressed, hair extensions, temporary tattoos, weddings, proms, St Tropez tanning, wigs for hire, individual eyelash extensions, Xpress eyelash extensions, Bio Sculpture gel nails, MINX nails and children’s and adult hair and make-up parties.

Products sold: St Tropez, I-Lash designer eyelash extension products, professional quality make-up brushes, brush holders and brush cleaner, specialised hair brushes.

Have you always worked in the Hair and Make-up industry?

I was a Saturday girl in a hair Salon at 15. I then left school at 16 to be a trainee at a hair salon for a year, with college day release to get my City and Guilds in Hairdressing. I then took on a 3 year Hair and Beauty Therapy course and got all my qualifications, before working for 6 months in mobile hair and beauty and as a part-time hairdresser. Then in January 1981 I started working as a Hair and Make-Up Artist for BBC Television, where I worked until January 1997. I then went freelance until I opened this business, so 29 years in the Film and TV Industry.

Red Flowered MINX Nails by Serendipity Studio

What sets Serendipity Studio apart from other beauty services?

We are not a hairdresser or a beauty salon; we are a unique Hair and Make-Up Studio. We offer many services under one roof, with 29 years of experience that I gained working in the media industry as well as my Hair and Beauty training. I have a wealth of information and experience that I am happy to share.

Random question… What’s your favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Digestive

Eyelash Extensions by Serendipity Studio

I see you offer a ‘Make-Up Lesson’. What’s involved in this?

We do 2 types of make-up lesson. The first is about an hour long, and we take you through your make-up application and colours to suit you. We do half your face and get you to do the other half. We start with your foundation, then you do your foundation etc.

We also have a more advanced lesson which is about an hour and a half. It includes the above, plus we go through your own make-up bag and see what is correct or incorrect for you, if it needs binning or is a keeper, if the make-up has gone off etc. We also do a diagram of where and the sort of colours used on you for you to take away as a reference.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love what I do with a passion and I love making someone feel good about themself. I love interacting with people as well as I am a people person.

Wedding Hair by Serendipity Studio

What are your top wedding beauty tips?

Don’t go to heavy with your make-up. Keep it fresh, natural and accentuate your main features. You have to feel comfortable with it. As for your hair…go for a style that suits you and your dress. Something that compliments and you feel good with.

Where can I find out more about Serendipity Studio?

To find out more about us you can visit our website or give us a call on 07599 713668.

Getting to Know – Rebecca Wedding Photography

Rebecca of Rebecca Wedding Photography

Interview With: Rebecca

Company Name: Rebecca Wedding Photography


Location / Coverage: Hertfordshire / all over the world

Have you always wanted to be a photographer? Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture and what it was of?

I knew from an early age I wanted to be a photographer and I still love it as much as I did then.

I can remember my Dad giving me his 70’s Canon AE-1 film camera as a child and instantly falling in love with the shutter noise! You can’t beat an old film camera for its shutter noise.

I loved seeing the world through this little window and catching moments others might not have seen. I think my first photos must have been of my Grannie’s cat. I was obsessed with trying to cuddle it, but thinking about it now it absolutely hated it and I’d always come home covered in scratches! So all my first photos were massive scenic shots with a little cat running off into the distance.

Bride and groom holding up LOVE letters - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

What inspired you to follow your heart and become a wedding photographer?

I’m a huge romantic and love the idea of capturing one of the most romantic and sweetest days in everyone’s life. I started photographing friends’ weddings over 6 years ago and now I am totally hooked!

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I’m based in Hemel Hempstead, Herfordshire and I’m happy to travel all over for weddings; this year I’m off to Wales, Yorkshire, Scotland and Italy!

What do you feel sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

For me I think it’s my relaxed approach to our meetings and photography on the day; nothing is too serious or stuffy, that’s just not me. I like to get to know each couple so I can capture those natural, romantic and fun moments from the day.

Bride and groom kissing under an arch - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

What’s been the best thing about the job?

Really it’s got to be meeting so many lovely, funny, interesting and cool couples; it’s been brilliant! The cherry on the top is when they actually want to hear about my wedding photography! (I do go on about it bit too much you see)

Bride and groom kissing on a bench with their faces covered by a heart - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

Do you have a specialist area or style of photography?

My style is really relaxed and romantic; lots of natural lighting and slight vintage colours, nothing is too serious or forced, just lots and lots of fun.

What packages do you offer to couples for their wedding?

I don’t do the usual packages, instead I have more of a breakdown price list and let my couples have the opportunity to choose what they’d like, with no pressure – this has been really popular so I’m very pleased.

Bride and groom stroking a horse - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

Who/what are your influences?

I get a lot of inspiration from films. I used to work in a video store and watch all kinds of films from all over the world – I love cinematography. I’m also a big day dreamer so my mind wanders and I like to envision photographic ideas and poses.

Bride and groom laughing - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?

I have so many favourite photos so it’s really hard to pick one, but I love this image from a recent wedding I photographed in the Bedfordshire countryside. The couple were so sweet and comfortable with me and I had this idea for the bride to hug the groom and rest her head on his back – it worked so incredibly well – this photograph make’s me smile and feel relaxed.

Bride resting her head on her husband's back - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

What is your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

My top tip would be to choose someone you feel totally comfortable with and who you can best communicate your super ideas to. It’s also definitely a good idea to see a range of full wedding pictures to get an idea of all the photos you’ll receive. I personally love it when my couples ask me questions and my opinion; I want you to feel totally happy and confident in my skills.

Random question… Starbucks or Costa Coffee?

Starbucks for the Hot Chocolate and Cake Pops! Yum….

Bride and groom walking holding hands - Picture by Rebecca Wedding Photography

Where can I find out more about Rebecca Wedding Photography?

I would Love it if you could Follow or Like me – then you can see photos from recent weddings, new products and exciting news! X

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