I thought I would write a bit about our Team here at Red Bow Boudoir Photography. So firstly there is Alison who owns and runs Red Bow her love of photography started when she was 11 years old when her Dad bought her a polaroid camera. Alison was over the moon and couldnt stop taking photos, it had begun, her obsession with creating images that to this day she still cherishes.
Alison didn’t pursue photography as a career but when she was 38 she decided to take a career break from Investment Banking, yes you read that right, and became a full time Mum. As her children grew she wanted to re-train and photography became her life again. Alison’s husband bought her a gorgeous Canon MK1 camera and the practising began she started photographing her friends children and her own kids and then moved into Wedding Photography.
This is when the heavy studying started. Alison did a Diploma in The Art of Photography, attended many courses all over the country and set up her business which was going fab until Breast Cancer hit in 2010. This as you can imagine was an awful time but it allowed her to reflect on what she wanted to do when she had recovered, because she was going to recover. Two kids, she was going nowhere!!
So Boudoir, how did that happen? Alison had a gorgeous bride ask her to do a shoot for her as gift for her new hubby and they had so much fun she knew this was what she wanted to do. Alison had gone through so much ugly, sadness, fear from the Cancer treatment that she knew this was what she was meant to be doing. It was all a gift!!
Juliette is our Hair and Makeup Artist. She’s the one with the amazing blonde hair. Juliette had always loved make up and beauty up to the point where she almost got expelled from school for perming her friend’s hair in the toilets!
Like Alison she also worked in the City for many years in Finance in an International Sales position which involved lots of European travels. She left the City when she had her son and her started her own business in Whitstable as a Hair and Makeup Artist specialising in Wedding make up. She has been with Alison almost since day one and is responsible for transforming our lovely ladies for their boudoir shoot.
Marie is the latest member of the team. Marie and Alison became friends thirty odd years ago through their mutual best friend Donna when they all lived in Essex. Marie has had a rather varied life, funnily enough she also comes from an Investment Banking background in the City where she temped for decades in between spells of travel and a few years living in Sydney. Marie moved to Kent after leaving the City to bring up her three children and has literally done every job under the sun to work around her kids. Including making jewellery, doing clothes parties, cleaning, working in a Fishmongers and waitressing until she threw herself a 50th Vintage Tea Party. After her party her small business Me Old Vintage China was born. Most weekends Marie is off around Kent providing vintage crockery and afternoon teas for Weddings, Hen Parties, Baby showers you name it. Marie works a couple of days when she isn’t baking for Alison as her Marketing and Social Media Manager.
So that’s us the Three Musketeers or could it be the Three Stooges!