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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!