A BARNSLEY woman who was a school drop-out and teenage mum is looking to expand her commercial photography business after winning support from the Prince's Trust.

Rebecca Sykes says ten years ago she spent her time visiting her boyfriend in prison and grappling with being a teenage mum - but now she runs Blush Photography, has met royalty and is looking to expand. When Rebecca was 17, she left home, moved in with her boyfriend and abandoned her ‘A’ levels. Then, when she was five months pregnant, her boyfriend was sent to prison for four years and she began to feel she had thrown her life away. She said: “I had thought of myself as a bit of a rebel, but then I was so depressed and ashamed. I hated taking my baby to prison on visits.

“I had always dreamed of being a photographer. So I decided to take an ‘A’ level in photography at Barnsley College and then a HND in photography at Leeds College of Art and Design.” Rebecca set up Blush Photography in 2008 and is doing so well she's considering employing an assistant. Her client list includes RBS Insurance, Love2Eat, Greenflag and the Prince’s Trust.