Photography for the Wellbeing of People and Planet

I am available for private commissions as a professional photographer within Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, Bristol, the South West, London and beyond. 

I create photographs of the heart of what I see, feel and experience - in an intimate, conscious and mindful way.

I work in the fields of climate change, sustainability, the environment, health and wellbeing, and arts and culture, helping businesses and organisations to look again and tell their authentic visual story.

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph many pioneers for a better future, from international Earth Lawyer Polly Higgins, Extinction Rebellion, actor and campaigner, Jeremy Irons, leading British environmentalist and writer, Jonathon Porritt, three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Scilla Elworthy, CEO of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport, activist Satish Kumar, to Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennett, former leaders of the Green Party. I’ve also worked on a European-wide Photography for Wellbeing campaign for Canon, the NHS, The National Trust, and The Lloyds Foundation.

Whether you want documentary photography of your events for marketing and PR purposes, profile photos for your organisation, or a book or more ambitious project, get in touch and let’s talk about how I can help you. 

Based in Stroud, working mostly in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire and available for photography commissions nationwide.


Tribute to internationally renowned visionary and legal pioneer Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins died peacefully on Easter Sunday at Leckhampton Court Hospice after being diagnosed only a few weeks before with a rapid and pervasive cancer.  She was 50 years old. I was honoured to be the photographer at Polly’s Funeral.

Polly's mission was taking forward an international crime of Ecocide to stand alongside War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity at the International Criminal Court. She advised many governments, and inspired audiences across the world with her passion and refusal to compromise.  

Please continue to support Polly’s work by signing up to be an Earth Protectors on Thank you.


CANON: mindful photography for wellbeing commission

“On behalf of Canon for a European wide PR campaign, we commissioned Ruth Davey from Look Again to provide 10 tips and eight photographs explaining how people can discover mindfulness in photography, to help them slow down, focus on the present and improve their wellbeing and mental health. We are all delighted with Ruth’s creative approach to mindful photography. She has been a joy to work with and we highly recommend her.”
— Matt Davis, Account Director, VCCP PR

Pioneers for a better future


Profile photos

“I asked Ruth to create a range of profile photos for my business. She made me feel relaxed and at ease. I am so pleased with my new images, which will help to portray myself much more positively and professionally.”
— Jason Conway

Rising Women Rising World, FemmeQ Summit, Berlin

Rising Women Rising World is a transformational organization that exists to inspire women AND men to pioneer new possibilities, rise to their full capacities, and build a world that works for all. At the first international FemmeQ Summit 140 people united from 15 countries. As a photographer and member of the Media, Arts and Creativity Constellation, I was asked to document this event.


The Art of Applewood – from Hospital to Homes
by Ruth Davey and Lis Parker, foreword by Kevin McCloud

The Art of Applewood charts the evolution of a much-loved piece of land in Stroud, Gloucestershire, once a derelict hospital, now a vibrant new community. The book tells the story of the Cashes Green Hospital and the local people who once worked there. More than a story about bricks and mortar, it captures the spirit of place, looking at the relationships between people, and a connection with the earth.

“This book records the passion of people who’ve poured their souls into a building project and staked their professional reputations to it. Equally importantly, it brings together remembered events from people who have a long association with the Cashes Green hospital site. That makes it properly rich and resonant.”
— Kevin McCloud, HAB Housing
“Ruth understands our vision and has ensured that the photos represent what HAB Housing is all about. Her work is being used for promotional and PR purposes. Ruth is an absolute pleasure to work with. She does what she says she will, is organised, creative, a great team player and communicates with genuine understanding and love of people. We could not recommend her more highly.”
— Sahra Gott, Brand and Communications Director for Kevin McCloud, HAB Housing

The National Trust - a commission for the centenary celebrations in Stroud, Gloucestershire

“We commissioned Ruth to take photos to celebrate the Minchinhampton centenary. The photos represent everyday life on the common but with a twist. Ruth made us look again at the common and has captured how special it is to all who visit.”
— Nathalie Bradley, Outdoor Visitor Experience Manager

The Lloyds Bank Foundation - annual awards ceremony, the Welsh Assembly, Cardiff 


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

“Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust commissioned Ruth to spend a day with a team of volunteers and staff while they were carrying out work on the River Coln. Ruth was a delight to work with on the day, fulfilled the brief and was quick to send us a selection of photographs from the project. We look forward to working with Ruth in the future.”
— Sue Flook, Communications Manager, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Mindsong - providing services for people living with dementia

“As a charity that works with vulnerable people with advanced dementia it’s hard to find ways to document what we do. We needed a photographer who would take intimate, sensitive images, in natural light, without disturbing therapy sessions.
“Ruth’s experience with other vulnerable groups allowed her to be invisible and to take the most amazing images, capturing fleeting moments of connection and pure joy. So, a lovely person, a delight to work with and a fine photographer. There is joy, humanity and dignity in her photographs. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
— Karen Lawton, CEO, Mindsong

Saving energy with Severn Wye, ‘Build to Low Carbon’ EU conference

“Working with Ruth never really feels like working. She intuitively understood our requirements, captured vibrant, candid images and delivered photographs that beautifully communicated the energy of our event. All done discreetly, with charm, and turned around in a matter of days. Could not recommend more highly.”
— James Clarke, Head of Marketing at Severn Wye Energy Agency