Former Barking & Dagenham College students focus on photography dream
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A pair of photographers are hoping to snap up more clients as they launch their new website at the end of the month.
Former Barking & Dagenham College students Rebecca Perry, 29, and Nadine Attzs, 26, are aiming to go full time as they celebrate three years in business together.
“We knew how hard the photography industry was, it’s quite a male-dominated area,” explained Rebecca, who lives in Dagenham Road.
“We thought: ‘Okay, let’s try and see where we can go and where it takes us.”’
With A&P Photographics, the duo have built up an impressive portfolio including hundreds of weddings, parties and awards ceremonies.
They have gone from borrowing equipment from the Rush Green campus to owning their own hi-tech cameras, flashes and tripods.
And the new website should re-energise their business.
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“This one will be easier to use, less outdated,” explained Rebecca.
“We have got better at taking photographs and our equipment is better. We are raring to go.”
Currently, the pair both work other jobs to pay the bills – Rebecca at Schuh in Lakeside, Leyton resident Nadine in catering – but their dream is to dedicate their working lives to the business.
“100 per cent we’d love to go full-time,” enthused Rebecca.
“Working in a shoe shop is a bit degrading when you just want to do photography, it’s a bit sad.”
“We spent a lot of time designing our website but now we’re building the clients back up again.”
Rebecca’s love of photography has its roots in her granddad, a Fleet Street printer who developed photos for the Daily Mail in the 1960s.
“I’ve been interested from a young age,” she explained. “I used to love looking at his black and white pictures and was inspired to develop film as part of my degree.”
Corporate and events photography are their bread and butter, but lifestyle is Rebecca’s passion.
“I love capturing my daughter growing up – showing that family lifestyle instead of staging it,” she said.
Rebecca admits there are challenges trying to be a supermum, businesswoman and pay the bills.
“It can be a bit hard with a young child but we get through it,” she added.
A&P Photographics’ new website will launch at the end of this month.month. Visit ap-photographics.com for more details.