One of many NH photographers, I specialize in helping creatives share their work with the world! I love helping creative brands come to life and tell their stories through their images.
Last Saturday I had the privilege of spending a few hours with Rebekah of Quill & Ink Studio. Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve met Rebekah! She was actually my daughter’s first-grade teacher a few years back — so she was already near and dear to my heart! I always consider teachers to exist on a higher level of talent, because the Lord knows I wouldn’t have the patience to teach little button-pushers all day long! 😉
Then, as if that high level of amazingness wasn’t enough — queue her creative side, the grad school calligraphy hobby turned side hustle and Quill & Ink Studio was born!
A Calligraphy Brand Photoshoot
When Rebekah reached out to me about doing a brand photoshoot I was so excited!! I could already see gorgeous sunshine streaming into a workspace, maybe a desk strewn with pretty little pieces of handmade paper and ribbon. Of course, Rebekah and her beautiful strokes were the stars of the show.
Photographer-finding tip: When you’re comparing NH photographers, be sure you look for someone who understands your business and expresses a vision for your shoot.
Let’s get to know the talented creative behind Quill & Ink then of course be sure to check out her beautiful new brand photos.
How did you get started in calligraphy?
I started calligraphy while I was in grad school and working full time. It was a creative outlet that allowed me to completely zone in and focus on something that was fun and not stressful. It requires you to go slow which was a drastic and much-needed change of pace during that time.
Who are some of your favorite calligraphers you look up to?
There are so many amazing calligraphers out there! My top three would have to be: Becca Courtice with The Happy Ever Crafter, Lindsey Bugbee The Postman’s Knock, and Molly Suber Thorpe.
Becca has so many incredible YouTube videos that range from any calligraphy project you can imagine to watercolor and doodling. She’s also very entertaining to watch and never fails to have a good dad joke!
Lindsey has amazing blogs for all things calligraphy. Fun fact — my husband gifted me all the supplies to get started in calligraphy based on her website!
Molly has several incredible books that have changed the game for me, especially The Calligrapher’s Business Handbook and Mastering Modern Calligraphy. All three are huge advocates for making calligraphy more accessible through books, videos, and affordable online classes.
What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve ever made?
My favorite projects are custom commissions and working with a client to bring their ideas to life. I had one client inquire about creating a quote for a housewarming gift. The thoughtfulness that this client brought to the table flowed through every minute of working on the piece. We made it an 11×14 inch ivory paper and black ink quote. You could tell the client knew and loved her friends so well which just made it all the more beautiful to create.
I also had a client ask me to create 5×7 cards to frame for her younger sisters. She asked me to write “Empowered Women, Empower Women.” I love supporting other women-owned businesses. Encouraging opportunities for other young women to have a seat at the table warmed my heart to create.
What are some of your favorite tools in your arsenal of calligraphy goodies?
There are so many great tools out there but it really depends on the project.
My #1 is a Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen. These are perfect for throwing in your bag and taking it with you on the go. I also love my wood oblique pen. It was a beautiful gift but it’s my favorite thing to grab when I am working on a dip pen project.
And you can’t bring up dip pen calligraphy without naming your go to ink. My favorite ink for any dip pen project is Dr. Ph. Martin’s. The colors are beautiful and it was an easy ink to learn how to use when I was just getting started. But for any project, whether it’s with a brush pen, dip pen, or it’s faux calligraphy, I have to have my laser square to keep those straight lines.
What project are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on mastering Procreate for the iPad and creating digital pieces. I have been working on some greeting cards to post to Etsy and my website for digital download. If anyone is like me, they wait until the last minute (or super late) for a gift or card! Being able to print from home, I’ve got your back (for all the procrastinators out there)!
What should people do if they want to hire you for a piece?
Check out my website: www.quillandinkstudio.com to fill out an inquiry form, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, OR send a DM on Instagram @quillandinkstudio. I look forward to chatting with you about your beautiful ideas whether it’s for a commission, special celebration, or your wedding!
NH Photographers for Creative Businesses
If you’re looking to curate some intentional and gorgeous images for your creative business, be sure to contact me for your next gallery! NH photographers are unique in their ability to capture the wildly creative and free spirit that comes with living in our gorgeous state. I love coming alongside other creatives in the tri-state area to bring your creative moments to life!
** All images © Alyssa Joy & Co. 2021