Ruth Davey - professional, natural, unobtrusive and sensitive photographer. Celebrate your business and your life. Look again and tell your story.

Commercial   charities   Portrait   Weddings   Family    Funerals   Events   Books

Based in Stroud, working mostly in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire.

Give me a call on 07789 958895 or email

As a photographer, I work with you to clarify how you want to be visually represented in order to effectively tell you story - from profile shots for your social media, documentary photography of your events for marketing and PR, to longer projects for books, blogs, websites etc. I pride myself on my ability to mindfully and sensitively communicate and connect with my clients. My style is natural and unobstrusive, I like to keep things simple and shoot using natural light.  I love working with clients who share my vision for a greener, fairer and healthier world. 

Prices vary depending on shoot time, location and usage requirements. I have special rates for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Please ask! 

Portrait photographer for business, social media, and family

I asked Ruth to help create a range of new profile photos for my business website and online profiles. I had a great time with Ruth during my photoshoot as she made me feel relaxed and at ease. I am so pleased with my new images, which will really help with my marketing activities and help to portray myself much more positively.
— Jason Conway

Celebrate your life: wedding, funeral, family and event photographer

Celebrating life through ritual, events and ceremony is a really important part of being alive. I believe it helps us to live our lives in a more meaningful way. As a photographer I love recording beautiful moments in a natural and unobtrusive way. 

Celebrating the lives of people who have died can be an important way of remembering them and telling their story and for the safekeeping of generations to come. A good friend Dave said to his wife Chris, shortly before he died: “I wish I had given myself more time to stop, look, and see". I remember him with fondness and gratitude.

Above is a small sample of wedding and funeral photography I have been commissioned to take. I have many more examples.

Contact me if you would like me to help you celebrate any aspect of your life!

Ruth was our wedding photographer. She was recommended to us by a friend, and after we met with her to discuss what we wanted we knew she would be perfect for us. Ruth was calm and professional on the day and captured many special moments, both formal shots and ‘less scripted’ ones, before, during and after the ceremony. Thanks Ruth for being for being such an important part of our special day. You were the proverbial ‘safe pair of hands’ to whom we entrusted crystallizing the memory of our wedding day, so that we would have something to ‘look again’ at long after our own memories have faded. We would unreservedly recommend Ruth for your occasion, whatever it may be.
— Mark and Anna Corcoran

Rising Women Rising World, FemmeQ Summit, Berlin

Rising Women Rising World is a transformational organization and movement 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. I hope to contribute to a world where creativity is communicated in a form that empowers and enables its audience to take positive action. 

Satish Kumar, The Resurgence Trust & Emergence's 'Being an Earth Pilgrim'

I was honoured to be commissioned by Emergence to photograph Satish Kumar from the Resurgence Trust for 'Being an Earth Pilgrim', a landmark documentary series of six, hour-long conversations with Jane Davidson that chronicle and celebrate the life and work of this teacher, peace activist and leader. Other photos above document the Resurgence Summer Camp at Green and Away.

Pioneers for a better future

'The Art of Applewood - from Hospital to Homes', book by photographer Ruth Davey, published by Look Again, with foreword written by Kevin McCloud

As co-author with Lis Parker, photographer and publisher of this book, I am very proud to present Look Again’s first publication, with the foreword written by Kevin McCloud. This book 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 stories of local people who used to work there. I capture the demolition and the building of the new Applewood housing development, focusing on how the designers, architects, government, housing association, builders, and other contractors have engaged with the local community and the ecology of the site. The story is not only about bricks and mortar; it is about the ‘spirit of place’, the relationships between people, and a connection with the earth.

This book records the passion of people who have poured their souls into a building project and staked their professional reputations to it; but equally importantly, the book 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 & Communications Director for Kevin McCloud, HAB Housing

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

“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 at the Welsh Assembly, Cardiff 

More testimonials

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 that we provided 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
There is joy, humanity and dignity in Ruth’s photographs.
As a charity that works with some very vulnerable people who have advanced dementia it is difficult to find ways to document what we do. We needed to find a photographer who would take intimate, sensitive images, in natural light, whilst remaining in the background and not disturbing therapy sessions. Where to find such a mythical creature?
Luckily I met Ruth at an Arts & Health forum and knew immediately that we would work well together, her empathy and mindfulness were spot on for our project. Ruth’s experience with other vulnerable groups allowed her to be invisible and 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
Look Again offered a new perspective to how we see our business.
— Greg Pilley, Stroud Brewery
Ruth has been a great help to Stroudco. She made a big effort to get to know us and worked sensitively with us to set up and take some great photos which have been used widely in all our publicity and on our website. They are even been used by Rise and Triodos Bank to help promote social enterprises in the South West. We would thoroughly recommend Ruth to anyone wanting to work with a professional and friendly photographer.

— Nick Weir, StroudCo
“Through using the Look Again approach, Ruth really helped me realise how I want people to see me and my business. My vision of the business is now much clearer and I have some great photos!”
— Lesley Young, Lesley Young Bespoke Framing