Best London documentary family photographer

about me

Hi I’m Rachel – a published and multi award-winning photographer and film-maker.

I cut my teeth over 25 years ago as a photo-journalist and now specialise in capturing real life stories of small businesses and families. I’m a mum, artist, campervan enthusiast, music-lover and sea-seeker amongst other things. Originaly from Northumberland I now live in Malton in North Yorkshire, after 20 years in London.

So here’s a few more facts about me, that make up my story (and a photo of me in a Scottish loch with blue hair!):

  • I adore the sea in all weathers (though not necessarily in the sea come blustery winds and rain!). For me a beach isn’t really a beach without crashing waves, long empty dunes and touch of the bleak about it. It’s the Northumbrian in me.
  • I could probably quite happily live on a diet solely comprising cheese. There’s really just not enough cheese in the world (apart from Wensleydale – the world can keep the Wensleydale!).
  • And wine. Really good wine. And the occasional (ok not that occasional) single malt.
  • Lazy sunny afternoons where the kids entertain themselves with a sprinkler and a drippy ice cream; digging in the dirt; or rock-pooling are the best.
  • I’m a little bit obsessed with my campervan and in my head would love to escape it all on a round the world trip. In reality we’d probably realise it was a prison on wheels before we got much past Dover!
  • I’m an enthusiastic allotment plot holder and avid chutney maker with the produce.
  • Sting used to be a teacher in my primary school! 
award winning london family photographer


best family photographer London at home on yellow sofa with children reading

Rachel Rimell is a photographic artist based in North Yorkshire. Her practice spans documentary and conceptual genres exploring themes of identity, transitions and liminal spaces alongside the transient nature of human experience and place in the landscape.  She trained as a photojournalist in 1997 under the National Council for Training Journalist at Sradbroke College in Sheffield, following graduation from Hull University with a 2.1 in History and History of Art in 1996. She had a long career as a journalist, editor and in government press and communications as a chief press officer, deputy head of marketing and communications and head of internal communications before returning to a photography and art practice in 2013. She graduated with distinction in an MA in Photography from Falmouth University in 2023.

Her work has been nationally and internationally exhibited and has received a number of accolades. 

Her work was recently exhibited at the RPS Summer show in 2023 as well as being shortlisted for the RPS IPE165. Other recent exhibition highlights include her solo show The Handworkers at Ryedale Folk Museum Gallery in 2023; Lies a Calm Along The Deep, a multi-media solo show installation at Dalby Forest 2022;  Format 23 as part of Performing the Photobook group show with her sculptural phonebook Fragments;  Transmutation at Margate School 2023; Motherhood & Identity solo show at Platform for Sydenham Arts 2019; and at Shutterhub group exhibitions Everyday Delights (nationwide) 2020, Postcards from Great Britain (Europe-wide) 2021, Your Body Belongs to You (France) 2022, and the current To The Sea (France) 2023-24.

She was a winner of Portrait of Britain 2020 and her work was shown in the national exhibition of the same name and published in the accompanying book. Her artists’ book Ebb|Flow was shortlisted for the Belfast Photo Festival 2022; Lies a Calm Along The Deep was shortlisted for Photo North Emerging Artist 2023; and she was a finalist in The Guardian’s Women Behind the Lens in 2019. Her work has been published in Portrait of Britain Vol 3 and Rankin’s This is Britain book and is included in the upcoming publication Stir The Pot by Overlapse Publishing, as well as being featured in Source Magazine,The Guardian, Vogue Italia, FujiLove, Motherdom and the BBC. 

Awards & Achievements


Shortlisted for Royal Photographic Society IPE165 2023 | Shortlisted for Photo North Emerging Artist 2023 | Shortlisted for Belfast Photo Prize 2022 | Shortlisted for Rural Arts Emerging Talent 2021 | Portrait of Britain winner 2020 | Documentary Family Awards finalist 2019 & 2020 | National Photographic Society Gold and Silver Awards 2018 | Family Photojournalist Association Pro Gold, Silver and Bronze awards 2018 | Professional Photographer of the Year shortlist 2017 | The Guardian and Picfair Women Behind the Lens finalist 2019


Fragments, limited edition handmade sculptural book 2024 | Stir The Pot, Overlapse 2024| Portrait of Britain Volume 3, Hoxton Mini Press 2020 | Rankin’s This is Britain, Photobox 2017 | Motherhood,  KDP 2019 | Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboos, KDP 2019

As seen in:

Source Magazine | ArtDoc | Vogue Italia | The Guardian | Huffington Post | FujiLove Magazine | The Documentary Movement | BBC | Motherdom Magazine | The Selfish Mother | Ministry of Shadows | 28 Days of Isolation Art project | Six Feet Apart project


To The Sea, Shutterhub, France (group) 2023-2024 | Wintertide, Mandy Apple Collective Scarborough (group) 2023 | Format 23, Performing the Photobook (group) 2023 | Transmutation, Margate School, London Alternative Photography(group) 2023 | The Handworkers,  Ryedale Folk Museum (solo) 2023 | Lies A Calm Along The Deep, Dalby Forest (solo) 2022 | Your Body Belongs To You, Shutterhub (group) 2022 | Portrait of Britain, BJP (group) 2020 | Postcards from Great Britain Europe-wide, Shutterhub  (group) 2021 | Women Behind the Lens, The Guardian & Picfair (group) 2019 |  Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboos, Sydenham Arts (group) 2019 | Everyday Delight nationwide, Shutterhub  (group) 2020 | Through the Lens, Sydenham Arts (group) 2018


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