A RUTHIN photographer who travels for her work to the likes of Norway and Florida to capture her photography has made a prestigious top 50 list.

Tash Jones, 35, owner of Love Luella Photography originally from Corwen, was named among the best wedding photographers by Professional Photo Magazine which featured some of the brightest photography artists in the UK.

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Picture: Tash Jones, owner of Love Luella Photography​

Ms Jones began photography part-time seven years ago after leaving her role as a customer services assistant at Tesco Ruthin. The role helped Ms Jones grow in confidence to coordinate wedding parties at venues such as Tyn Dwr Hall, Llangollen and Soughton Hall in Wrexham.

In just seven years she has built an international reputation, shooting weddings, family and lifestyle photographs as well as sitting on panels and staging Let’s Talk with Tash workshops with fellow industry professionals to discuss racism and holding open and honest conversations online in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.

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Picture: Tash Jones, owner of Love Luella Photography

“Coming from a small town in North Wales it was very unexpected as we do not usually get much recognition here,” said Ms Jones, who is of Welsh and Jamaican heritage.

“I am always drawn to emotion and I focus on people in my photographs, looking for the smiles, the embrace, the fleeting glances etc. They are the subtle moments that capture life and once they’re gone they are gone.

“I sincerely care about what I do, the final result, my clients being happy and that my children are proud of me, that matters more to me than any other recognition.”

Ms Jones, a mother-of-two, said there has been a noticeable change in the photography industry following the rise of the Black Live Matter movement, since which she has been invited to discuss her experiences as a Black woman and photographer at events held by agencies such as Phlock - the community for women in photography and Conference and Chill based in Canada.

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Picture: Tash Jones, owner of Love Luella Photography

Tash also exhibited at the UK Black Female Photographers exhibition where her work Dŵr Du (Black Water) was republished in the Guardian.

The exhibition was the first Black female exhibition in the U.K.

“There aren’t many Black female photographers in what is a very saturated industry, so it was amazing to meet people from all over the UK to share our experiences, there was a real sense of community,” said Ms Jones.

Ms Jones also talked about previous photography workshops and conferences.

“In previous years panels have featured one person of colour to tick the box, but I don’t want to be a tick box exercise, I want to be present based on my skill and expertise,” she said.

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Picture: Tash Jones, owner of Love Luella Photography

“There are not many Welsh photographers recognised by organisations so I feel extremely proud to represent Wales and of course Denbighshire in photography.

“I want to show my sons that there will be times when things feel out of their reach, so hopefully they will see that they can achieve whatever they choose to do and put work into.”

Ms Jones hopes this representation will help inspire the younger generation to push forward despite any barriers that present themselves.

The Free Press ran an article on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 with the headline Wedding photographer shoots onto top 50 list.

We would like to apologise for errors made in this article as well as the use of an incorrect photograph.

We would like to make it clear that the picture featured as part of the article on October 14 was not Tash Jones.

We are pleased to clarify this matter and apologise to Ms Jones for any distressed caused.