Hi my name is Ruth Finan. I started taking photos about 25 years ago - but it was just a hobby and I don't think I ever really knew what I was doing with my camera. If I got a fabulous photo it was purely by accident.
I started taking it more seriously when my eldest daughter took up showjumping and I used to go and photograph her attempts around the course. I also showed dogs and practiced my art on a multitude of dogs - including on the green carpet at Crufts.
I started taking dance photographs when my youngest daughter (pictured to the right) starting dancing approximately 9 year ago. Initially I concentrated on my efforts in my makeshift studio at home and at dance events. I slowly improved my technique and the understanding of lighting and how to get the best out of my camera
I now am lucky enough to have my own studio in central Wakefield, West Yorkshire. And I still love doing location photography around the local area and further afield. Please have a. look at my portfolio to see some of the work I have done.
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"My daughter has had a few different types of shoots with Ruth, studio, outside and headshots. The photos are always amazing and Ruth makes the experience so much fun. I would definitely recommend."
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"Daisie has had many photo shoots for dance and has enjoyed all of them but nobody has got out of her what Ruth got from her on her shoot. She was totally relaxed and understood exactly what Ruth was asking her to do. We were there for two and a half hours and could of quite happily stayed all day she was having so much fun. The photos we have received totally blew me away and I can not recommend Ruth enough. For any young dancer wanting a phot shoot Finan Photography is definitely your lady. Can’t wait for"
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"My daughter has been lucky enough to have had 2 photo shoots with Ruth (so far), one studio shoot and one location shoot. On both occasions Ruth made my daughter feel completely at ease and had such creative ideas, as well as giving me some much needed advice on what to wear. She had so much fun and came away with such beautiful photos as well as great memories xx"
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"Booked a dance photoshoot for my daughter despite doing dance for years she is still very/shy lacks confidence , Ruth instantly put cerise and her friends at ease , even to the point cerise felt comfortable enough to dissappear with Ruth to get some surprise shots for mamma 😍the photos purchased where incredible ,I was lost for words so much time and effort is put in by Ruth *and meg , and all the girls had a fantastic time *and mum did too"
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"I highly recommend Ruth. She knows her stuff as she has a dancing daughter herself and owns a beautiful studio above her dancewear shop Jamzz in Wakefield, which is always a pleasure to visit. Ruth is friendly, professional, reasonably priced and you give ideas for shoot concepts or let you/your dancer take the lead with ideas and be creative. 5 stars from us."
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"Ruth is an amazing photographer who captured some amazing pictures of my daughter. Can't wait for our next shoot"
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