Rebecca Parker explains how she captures the model photograph by Chloe Hodge


portrait and bridal fashion photographer Rebecca Parker shoots stunning gowns in the rural British countryside, using the shallow rolling hills of the midlands as her studio and classical English beauties for models.

Rebecca has taken an interesting pathway into her profession, and is entirely self-taught: spending her childhood taking photos on her family farm, then moving on to people and fashion once she recognised her sharp eye for composition. Although now working with fashion, Rebecca is very much a fine art photographer, expressing herself through the lens of a camera and only working only with dresses which she is truly passionate about.

Location is also a vital part of Rebecca’s shoots; she is always on the lookout and says that you can often ‘find the most fabulous locations just off the side of a road.’ There’s no pretence or need for a swanky studio. Rebecca’s work is real, down to earth, and simply presents exquisite gowns at their best.

Her work in fashion began seven years ago – having a memorable first shoot with make-up artist, hair stylist and designer Suki Miles. The designer made by hand a heavy black gown to contrast the crisp white wedding dresses she’d borrowed for the shoot, and the two spent an exhausting eight-hour day  shooting on location in Wales with no less than five dress changes – luckily Rebecca works exclusively in digital so there were at least no film changes to add to the madness!

As well as her work in fashion and portraiture, Rebecca had brief spell as a wedding photographer which ended two years ago when she realised that she is more suited to lengthy shoots – caring too much about each individual photograph to keep up with the snap-happy approach of weddings. However, this experience shines through in her recent works which are delicate, emotive and celebrate a moment of beauty rather than solely showing off the dresses.

Although working for a whole host of designers, Rebecca is particularly keen on The Couture Company, whose bespoke alternative and retro wedding gowns really allow her to set her creativity free – recently constructing a shoot based on Charles Dickens’ Miss Havisham, complete with surreal floating props, a ragged ebony dress and gothic make up.

Rebecca is a bridal photographer with a difference: her photographs are not generic ‘perfect day’ images, but instead each presents a distinct idea of a special day, unique and forever memorable to the bride that finds herself slipping into one of these stunning silk gowns.

Rebecca Parker Photography
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