Ria Mishaal's
background & experience

Now a professional photographer for 14 years, I built a renowned wedding and portrait photography business and I have been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.


My photographs are published widely, in print and online from BRIDES magazine to to the stunning coffee table book ‘Flowers art and bouquets’ published by Assouline.


I am passionate about visual communication & personal style in photography and run courses and coaching programmes for photographers and creative entrepreneurs.



I decided to pursue science rather than art at University. I was awarded the highest grade in Oxfordshire for my A-level photography art project, which in retrospect indicated that art was not going to be left behind.


I achieved my Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society, the first of 3 distinctions.


Studied for Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge University, England, achieving 1st class honours.


I lived abroad in Calgary, Canada and Tucson, Arizona for a year doing research placements and spending lots of time in photography museums.


I returned to Cambridge to do my Ph.D. in Neuroscience. During my Ph.D. years, I
was Photo Editor for the University Student newspaper ‘Varsity’. I taught a range of natural science topics to undergraduate students in small groups throughout my PhD.


I shot my first wedding for friends, on film, and began to get word of mouth referrals. Shot a few weddings for small amounts over the next few years. Among other photographic displays, my photography was part of an exhibition celebrating forests in the Zoology Museum.


I got my first dSLR and began the move from film to digital photography.


I started my first Postdoctoral Fellowship at Leicester University, lectured undergraduates and supervised laboratory projects (I continued in the postdoctoral role until 2011). I started shooting weddings professionally in my spare time. I became content editor for a blog, The Photography Parlour, producing video interviews many of my heroes in the wedding industry.


I achieved my Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, the second of 3 distinctions


Studied with a business coach, to explore the idea of pursuing my photography business full time. I shot around 10 weddings a year.


I went full time with photography and left science behind. I moved to Oxford after marrying my husband. Over the next few years, I formed close relationships with venues that have a similar ethos to me, most notably Babington House in Somerset and Barnsley House in Gloucestershire. I also taught posing and interaction techniques to photographers at in-person workshops.


We moved to Southampton. I started teaching the ‘Business for Photographers’ Course for
the Royal Photographic Society which I have been teaching every year, once or twice a year ever since. I was a photographer in residence at Jay Archer Floral Design’s Flower School, which continued for 4 years.


I had my daughter Emaya. My life got richer. I did 20 weddings, which I believed was my limit in a year.


I did high-level business coaching and took my business to new heights, increasing the number of weddings I did a year to 30.


I built my beautiful home studio in our wild garden. BRIDES magazine online listed me as one of the Top 15 wedding photographers in the UK, saying: "On the top suppliers' list for some of the UK’s best venues, Ria is a firm favourite with modern brides looking for truly timeless images with emotion behind them. Using natural light, she captures all of the moments you knew you wanted, as well as the ones you didn’t!"


I started my fine art portrait studio and developed my Project Animalia for which I was awarded the prestigious distinction of Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society (the last and most accomplished of the three distinctions). I wrote and self-published a 150-page full-colour book ‘Photography for Florists’. I developed and taught in-person Photography for Florists workshops throughout the year at my studio and at Barnsley House in Gloucestershire.


I launched my online group coaching programme for creative entrepreneurs, and my signature 1-2-1 coaching programme for developing professional photographers.


Had my second daughter, Talia. Life got busier and I got more efficient!



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Based in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

Ria mishaal portraits

chandlers ford, hampshire