From Vogue to Most Curious: Introducing A Thing Like That, our photography sponsor
There’s a reason Rebecca from A Thing Like That is our photography sponsor for the show: actually, there’s a few, and her incredible documentary style wedding photography is just one of them. She’s worked as Picture Editor for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar (where’s the nail emoji when you need it?!) but on top of that, she’s an exceptionally kind-hearted, creative soul who above all else just bloody loves a wedding. We talked crying at weddings (I feel you on that front), photographing musicians, and flashing grannies to show you exactly why you need Rebecca as your wedding photographer…
A little about your business and you
Hi, I'm Rebecca. I'm a photographer who loves long walks on the beach with my dog; making dens out of sofa cushions with my toddler, eating tacos with my husband and lazy Sundays watching films with all three. I come from a background in fashion and media, formerly Picture Editor for Vogue.com in London and Picture Director for Harper's Bazaar in Dubai. In 2014 I moved back to the UK to launch my own photography company. I spend my busy seasons travelling around the country (and sometimes the world) shooting the weddings of some of the coolest, creative, stylish and above all the most welcoming, down to earth and super awesome couples. My style is predominantly documentary; my aim is to capture the authentic, natural moments rather than the posed, structured methods of a fine art or traditional wedding photographer. However my editorial background working in fashion magazines has helped shape my style of photography and I am always looking for interesting moments combined with creative angles and beautiful light.
The coolest/best moment of your career so far
There have been so many cool moments where I've had to pinch myself; outside of weddings I regularly work with magazines and I've had the honour of photographing some of the most wonderfully inspiring artists, film directors, actors, and musicians. But truly, my favourite moments are when I receive feedback from my clients. When you put your everything into making your wedding galleries perfect, as I do each time, and my couples tell me I have exceeded their expectations, it means so much to me.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything! Forgive me for totally stealing someone else's words, but one of my favourite quotes is by Ansel Adams and it pretty much sums this question up for me;
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
But, more specifically, my husband and son come joint first in inspiring me. Since having a baby I get to experience the world through someone else's excited eyes every day and that is pretty awesome.
What do you love most about your job?
In short, any time that I'm holding my camera is the absolute best part of my job. Having the freedom to be creative for an entire day is fuel for my soul!
What's the most curious thing about your business?
I think I'm the only wedding photographer I've met who sometimes (read: more often than I’d like to admit) cries at weddings. Perhaps with the exception of my second shooter Heather who is also a blubber. No matter how many weddings I photograph, I still get emotionally invested in my couples and often have wet cheeks during the vows or speeches (please note: I'm not that person snorting loudly into a hanky).
What's your top advice for couples getting married?
Remember the things that “go wrong” on the day are usually the BEST stories and the ones that you'll tell your grandchildren, so just go with it. Yes, granny's dress blew up over her face when a sudden gust of wind hit, but at least she was wearing excellent pants.
Want Rebecca’s kind heart and great eye at your wedding? Buy your tickets now from our shop and you can come and see her magic in person next March! March 1st-3rd 2019, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.