Summer inspiration: we talk to influencers about their art and favourite women in music. Meet London-based photographer Talitha McQueen

  Talitha McQueen, Image supplied

Talitha McQueen, Image supplied

Welcome to Summer in Australia, and the first of our inspiration series where we chat with artists and business owners about their craft and how music motivates them. Our first profile is Talitha McQueen who founded her photography business Ruby and B when she moved to London from Sydney. Ruby and B has built a loyal following due to Talitha's incredible talent for capturing London, Paris and other beautiful English and European cities, towns and sights. Her social media and blog feed is filled with travel, food and lifestyle content that will instantly transport you to the Northern Hemisphere, and is fresh as beautiful English daisies. Plus, she has transformed her beautiful photographs into pictures and home decor. Talitha took some time to talk about her approach to art and photography, how much music means to her life and business, as well as curating a special playlist. 

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Music is attached to so many of my memories. I also appreciate how talented musicians are. I definitely cannot sing or play any instruments, so I’m in awe of the talent that is in the world!
— Talitha McQueen, photographer and founder of Ruby and B
Talitha McQueen

Who are you?

I'm Talitha McQueen an Australian living in London, and mother of three. 

Tell us about your biz/art/work life?

I worked in media sales and strategy for ten years in Sydney. After the birth of my first child I started to pursue creative interests - drawing and painting. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do but I knew my time in media was limited. I wanted to spend more time with my children. In 2013 we relocated to London. Our second child was only 11 months old so I decided to take a few months off to settle in. We explored our new city and I realised I was never without my camera! 

After only a few months I had a huge collection of photographs from London, Paris and Italy. I decided to open an Etsy store to see if there was a market for travel prints. The business [called Ruby and B] grew from there! We now ship to customers worldwide via Etsy, Hard to Find, Not on the High Street, Wayfair, and Amazon. Pursuing this passion has been a dream come true. I'm doing something I love and I can also work around my kids. I now also work with brands across social media - styling shoots, attending events, and promoting on my own Instagram account.

What does music mean to you?

Music has always been a huge part of my life. My father worked in the music industry for my entire childhood and music was always blaring from his giant speakers in our living room - mostly Pink Floyd or INXS! I grew up listening to so many different artists. I worked at Triple M and 2DAY FM for ten years and so music was part of every day life there for me too. Music is attached to so many of my memories. I also appreciate how talented musicians are. I definitely cannot sing or play any instruments, so I'm in awe of the talent that is in the world!

What does being a woman mean to you?

Being a woman means creating the life that I want and empowering my daughter and other women to do the same. Forging a career that is fulfilling. Being part of the growing movement of female entrepreneurs who are doing things on their own terms. Being an example for the next generation of women who choose to be mothers or are looking for flexibility in their working lives. In photography, I really rely on my female eye to create the style of images that I love. I feel that I put a lot of who I am as a woman into my art and I hope that comes through.

Follow Talitha on Instagram, the Ruby and B Blog and peruse her studio store at www.rubyandbstudio.com

Check out Talitha's Ruby and B playlist on Spotify

1. Sia - Chandelier

2. Lorde - Royals 

3. Robyn - Hang with me (Acoustic)

4. Adele - Set Fire to the Rain

5. Lana Del Rey - Video Games

6. Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful

7. Florence + the machine - Shake it Out

8. Alicia Keys - New York

9. Camille - Paris

10. Blondie - Heart of Glass