I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Ringwood, Hampshire, in the beautiful New Forest. I am passionate about photography and I love capturing special memories of real people, whether it be a wedding, special occasion or a family portrait. I find that there is nothing more gratifying than capturing a personality in an image and a special moment in time. Your wedding day is your special day and my aim is to create beautiful memories which tells the story of your day that will be cherished for life.
I began my career as a photographer in 2010 after a very successful career as a registered nurse in the NHS. As a nurse I had the skills to calm, reassure and put people at their ease, - skills which are transferable and essential in my role as a photographer. I have always loved taking photographs and when I left nursing in 2010 it was my opportunity to train as a photographer and to devote my time to developing my skills. I undertook formal training in photography at the Bournemouth Arts University and Poole College.
I would describe myself as a fun loving, sociable person with a zest for life. The most important thing in my life is my family and every moment with them is precious. I know only too well the importance of capturing and preserving family memories.
Charity work is very important to me - I am an approved Butterfly Wishes Photographer. (The Butterfly Wishes Network is a not-for-profit organisation made up of UK-based professional photographers who offer their services free of charge to families of children with life-shortening conditions). I also photograph for the Bournemouth Hospital Charity and have covered such events as The Twilight Walk for Women, March for Men and Light up the Prom.
I also work commercially, taking property photographs for a local property agent and a travel company, Bookings for You, specialising in holiday rentals in Italy ().
In my spare time I love to travel and I enjoy street photography and photographing wildlife and nature. As you have gathered from reading this, photography is an important part of my life and a day without a camera in my hand is very rare.
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Ann Aveyard Craftsman Guild of Photographers, QGWP LSWPP LRPS ASINWP QGPP
Runner up Natural World Photographer 2019 (Guild of Photographers)
3rd place in Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019 (Guild of Photographers)
Awarded Craftsman of the Guild of Professional Photographers 2018
Runner Up Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018 and 2017 (Guild of Photographers)
Runner Up Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 (SWPP)
Runner Up Bird Image of the Year 2017 (Guild of Photographers)
Awarded Qualified Guild of Photographers Wedding Photographer Jan 2017
Landscape Photographer of the Year (SWPP) 2014,
Awarded the Guild of Photographer's Bar (award for professional skill and consistency) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
Guild of Photographer's top ten photographer open genre 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Approved Butterfly Wishes Photographer
Guild of photographer's top ten photographer for children, family and lifestyle photography 2014
Guild of Photographer's top 5 all round photographer 2014.