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 20 years ago as a photo-journalist and now specialise in capturing real life stories of small businesses and families. I’m a mum, artist, northerner living in London, campervan enthusiast, music-lover and sea-seeker amongst other things.

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 Northumberland 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

Awards & Achievements

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

Awards:

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

Publications:

Portrait of Britain Volume 3 published by Hoxton Mini Press 2020 | Rankin’s This is Britain  published by Photobox 2017 | Motherhood, published by KDP 2019 | Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboos, published by KDP 2019

As seen in:

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

Exhibitions:

Portrait of Britain 2020 nationwide on JC Decaux screens and billboards | Women Behind the Lens at The Guardian, Picfair 2019 | Solo exhibition Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboos, funded by the Arts Council | Shutterhub Everyday Delight nationwide 2020 lockdown window exhibition nationwide | Paxton Arts Centre | Sydenham Arts Through the Lens exhibition

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