Behind the lens, who is Bev Ridyard?
Mum first. Always.
It was my first born, Joseph, who inspired me to leave my career as Head of Airline Marketing at Manchester Airport to follow my dreams and increase my happiness ten fold by becoming a Saddleworth Family photographer. Joseph and Victoria are my whole world. Putting other Mum’s first is also top of my agenda as being a Mum is the hardest but the best job in the world.
Then I love a good meal around the table, chatting with my fabulous friends and family, a good life quote and chocolate (obvs!).
Savvy marketer, growing entrepreneur and Oldham and Saddleworth family photographer second.
Becoming an Oldham photographer is joyful. Whether it’s prospective clients say they love my bright and airy style, new clients telling me that they can’t pick a favourite to frame or clever returning clients who come back for more, it’s always fun. At the core of my business model is affordable photography with all edited images received plus a sprinkling of inspiration to help you become a better photographer yourself.
I love making crafts too so I sell a range of personalised scrabble frames too. 🙂
Loves helping others grow.
I’m a Trustee for a Multi Academy Trust and Chair of Governor for an Outstanding Special Needs School plus I’m a proud Alumni member of The Marketing Academy, which recognises top marketing talent.
A contribution from each booking is given to my top charity, 52 Lives, a charity which looks to change someone’s life every week of the year. It fits with my belief that people are good and if we work together we can change lives for the better.
Always trying to be brave.
If you truly want it, you can achieve your dreams. Being a Mum and a business owner is hard but being brave, taking risks and never standing still is at the heart of everything I do.
What others say is much more important than what I say….
“We recently had an outdoor family photoshoot with Bev and want to share how fantastic it was. She is extremely friendly and really good with children. I was a little apprehensive before hand as I have a 5-year-old son and 2-year-old twins. I was expecting the session to be a little stressful but it wasn’t at all! Bev was fab with all my children. We now have some beautiful family photos that I love, but more importantly we had some fantastic memories from the session that we will cherish forever. In the past, me and my husband have stayed away from professional photographers, after a few bad experiences. We had fallen in love with photos after being offered ‘free photoshoots’, but then the photos costing an extortionate price that we just couldn’t afford! I had to double check with Bev that she had heard the price correctly when she was telling me hers, she really is the helpful affordable photographer! We will definitely be back in the future to update our family photos again.” Rachel, Ashton Under Lyne
We had the most amazing experience with Bev for our sons 1st birthday cake smash shoot. It was so relaxed, friendly and everything we imagined. We all just ‘went with the flow’ with no time limits, in our parents back garden, a perfect scenario for a 1 year old boy. The end result is amazing, with all the photos to hand we have been able to sort thank you cards, birthday and Xmas presents way in advance. The most memorable day! Thank you so much! Amy, Saddleworth
I mulled over having bump/baby photos for ages, hating having my photo taken and not wanting to be forced to pose in awkward stances in a studio. Then I came across Inspired By Joseph and found what I was looking for; someone who would take natural photos, and come to us. I am so glad I came across Bev as she really lived up to her word; both the maternity and baby shoots were so laid back and fun. Bev really made us feel at ease and worked around us; what we liked/disliked and with me being pregnant and then having a new born, how I was feeling on the day. Now we have lots (another huge plus point) of relaxed, happy photos documenting an amazing time of our lives. I would highly recommend inspired by Joseph for any families looking for some laid back photo shoots! Claire, Oldham
Thank you so much for making my little girl’s 1st birthday extra special you have done an amazing job with the pictures and would highly recommend to everyone. You do a fabulous job Bev, thanks. Abid, Oldham
Bev’s warm personality and patience is what makes her such a pleasure to work with. No tantrum is too big no person is too small. She captures lovely natural moments by making you feel totally at ease. I have had 2 sessions with inspired by Joseph now and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. I would certainly recommend her. Debbie, Saddleworth
Bev gave us a fabulous experience we are usually shy when it comes to photos but she made us feel at ease the whole time. The whole experience was child centered with no rushing or pressure excellent choice for families! Bev had time to talk to the children and made them feel special. We would definitely use the service again. Leanne, Oldham
We had a family shoot in our home. The whole experience was filled with fun & laughter.. Thank you so much Bev for making the experience as memorable as possible and for making us all feel at ease. Sue, Saddleworth