Rachel Hayton has spent most of her 20's modelling for fashion and retail brands. Over the last few years, her passion for photography has come to the forefront and flipped her from being the subject matter to behind the lens. That knowledge and experience, as well as having amazing creative, artistic flare has made this a natural progression. Not only does her photographic ability come natural to her, but also her vision and styling ability on shoots makes her very unique.
Rachel gives us a very modest insight into her world...
Tell us a bit about Rachel Hayton Photography?
Rachel Hayton Photography was born out of a love of photography and a desire to work for myself. I am absolutely, totally passionate about photography. I shoot beautiful weddings and images for small and interesting businesses.
I always carry a camera as I know from experience that if I didn't I'd kick myself, photographic opportunities come out of nowhere, especially living in the Lake District where the light and land is so beautiful.
How did you discover your passion for photography? Did you go to university or were you self-taught?
I went to London to study Graphic Design at Central St Martin's, we had a photography department that I spent a lot of time in but only really dabbled with the film cameras and the darkroom. However with the advent of digital, I could afford to practice and see instantly what the many settings would do to my images, eventually I was able to produce the kind of images that I saw in my minds eye.
I then moved back to the Lake District and began working for Aspire Photography Training, I learnt so much from the seminars in the assisting role that I had that the natural progression was to set up my own photography business.
What inspires you?
Nature inspires me, the patterns, colours and textures of flora and fauna... and the sky, it's the most important light source for one thing! My preference is to shoot with natural light. The sky also gives me one of my favorite subjects... a beautiful sunset at dusk will have me staring in awe most evenings, I have countless shots of the sky in my archive. Alongside nature, people inspire me.
Photographers past and present, to name a few, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sally Mann, Charlie Waite, and the people I meet, it's very important to emphasise that my subjects inspire me, I couldn't do what I do if I wasn't interested and invested in the couples, stylists, make-up artists, bakers, 'crafters', artists and designers that I am working with.
I'm also inspired by old photographs and the stories attached to them. Looking through old albums and boxes full of photos from a time gone by, seeing those that may not be here anymore and how they evoke so many nostalgic feelings; hopefully happy emotions.
What is the best part of your job? What is the most challenging part?
THE BEST: It's always lovely to get happy feedback when you give a client their images, there's nothing like it!
MOST CHALLENGING: Business and marketing, that side of being in business doesn't come as naturally as the photography part, I know I need to be more proactive putting my work out there for people to see and not worrying about being judged.
Do you have any exciting events/plans for the near future?
I plan to spend more time in London, I'd love to break into the market down there.
Describe yourself in three words:
Artistic, natural and sincere.
See her lovely work here... www.rachelhayton.com