Image © Paul Talbot Photography
Image © Paul Talbot Photography
Interview with: Ruth Merrington
Company Name: Red Door Photography
Location / Coverage: Based in Surrey, covering Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and beyond
Red Door Photography is Ruth Merrington and Debbie Stevens. We met whilst working in a high street photolab, and were starting to feel like we were stuck in a rut. We had been talking about setting up a business for years, and when Debbie had her first child and I was made redundant, we decided to go for it; we haven’t looked back since.
I always had an interest in photography, I got that from my dad, but it wasn’t until I was looking through college courses I realised I could actually study it.
My first real memory is from a trip to Australia when I was finally allowed to use my Dad’s AE-1 SLR; I couldn’t wait to get home and get the films processed.
We mainly cover Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire, but have travelled further; we are more than happy, to travel.
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Interview with: Victoria Fawkes
Company Name: Victoria Fawkes Photography
Location / Coverage: Kingston and surrounding Surrey area
In 2004, I was offered the chance of voluntary redundancy from my Event Management job in the City. I decided this was an amazing opportunity to go back to college and re-train to fulfil my dream of becoming a photographer. I enrolled on the Professional Photography Practice course at The London College of Communication and haven’t looked back since. I predominantly work alone, but do have some amazing assistants that come to help on the larger weddings.
Yes, I was always the one with the camera at every party! I think I may have got the bug from my mum, who made it a personal challenge to always take a photo of every single person at her parties; this job was then passed to me. It’s great to have all those memories of great times!
I can remember taking a camera on a trip to Prague. I was 16 and my grandma decided that I should spread my wings and see more of the rest of the world. We spent a weekend getting up to all the normal touristy things – exploring the Charles Bridge, visiting cathedrals… I vividly remember taking photographs of protesters that were on hunger strike, as the country had only just come out of communism. I still have those photos squirreled away in one of my many albums.
I am a Kingston based photographer and try to keep my work within a 25 mile radius, but do end up travelling nationwide sometimes!
Sherie and Daniel’s wedding, photographed by Modern Vintage Weddings, took place at Winkworth Farm in Wiltshire, a venue that was perfect for their vision of a ‘vintage wedding with a British summer theme’. They were married in a civil ceremony in the sunken rose garden, and then enjoyed a reception in the renovated Cotswold stone barn. For the full wedding story, keep an eye on The Wedding Community’s ‘Real Wedding’ section next month, where this wedding will be our ‘Wedding of the Month’ for November.
“We had a vision of having a vintage British summer type theme, and we decided early on that if we were going to get married then we go full out and make it to as close as what we both really wanted, rather than what was convenient.
“We saw a number of venues before we had even heard of Winkworth Farm. A lot of the venues we were looking at were very generic and not appealing to either of us and what we wanted to do with our wedding. The first time we went to Winkworth Farm it was a very wet and grey Saturday morning, but we instantly knew it was the venue for us.
“The venue had so much room and different areas where people could relax between the formalities, and with a good number of children and ‘childish adults’ this was perfect. We knew that just by adding our own small touches we had the perfect venue for our British summer wedding; all we were hoping was that we’d have one of the good few days of British summer weather!”