Under the Spotlight – Rosie Parsons

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I love sharing the work of photographers and wedding vendors that not only really really rock, but who I definitely think you need to use for your own wedding! Rosie Parsons not only fits into this category but is someone I consider one of the best friends I’ve made since starting Rock n Roll Bride! Not only is she kicking some serious ass in the UK wedding world at the moment (she was featured in the same issue of Cosmopolitan Bride as me this month – with two of her weddings being used and with her taking part in a feature about how to love the camera) but she was also the genius eye behind one of my favourite ever photo shoots (so much so I use one of the images as my profile picture everywhere!) 

Anyway, enough gushing, let’s get on with the interview shall we!?

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Rosie Parsons and I’m a wedding photographer who loves to shoot in a relaxed, creative and unobtrusive style.

Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?

We’ve just moved South Westerly from Bristol and are now based near Exeter in Devon – however I do get booked for weddings all over the country and abroad. Last year I photographed one wedding up in Edinburgh shortly followed by a week long trip to shoot a destination wedding in Lake Garda which were both lovely! I don’t charge travel costs as long as the wedding is in the UK, and if it’s abroad I’m happy to come as long as travel costs and accommodation are covered!

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Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?

Over the last couple of years I have been heavily influenced by what’s happening at the top end of the American wedding photography market. My favourite photographers are people like Bobbi and Mike, Angelica Glass and The Bebbs (in Canada). All of these people have given me the confidence to go for the style of photography that I really love, and to be who I really am rather than trying to fit into the mould of what I think other people expect of me.
 
What or who made you get into photography?

I first got into photography through being a music journalist in my spare time while at Uni. I would go to concerts to do a review and thought it would be fun to sneak in my camera to also get some shots! One show (which was Alicia Keys first ever UK performance at a tiny club in London) I got some surprisingly nice shots and sent them into the magazine (the now defunct Blues & Soul), and my images ended up being used instead of the photographer’s! I was really encouraged and after that point I was allowed to get a photo pass of my own as well as do my reviews. I ended up being able to photograph some of my heroes including James Brown, Destiny’s Child, Kayne West and Kylie which was a great way to spend time at University!