Based in Kelso in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Aspinall Ink provides professional writing services.
When I was 10 years old, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Without a moment's hesitation, I said I wanted to become a writer. By the age of 20, my writing was being published in a range of local magazines.
After graduating, I started a career in local government, but I continued writing arts and music reviews as a hobby, and got my 'big break' writing for The Big Issue.
In 2011, I suffered sudden profound hearing loss in one ear which, coupled with existing hearing loss in the other ear, rendered me unable to confidently carry out my customer-facing job. Richard and I then decided we wanted to be our own bosses and to work together. And so, Aspinall Ink was born.
I'm now a freelance journalist whose articles have been published in LandScape, Coast, Your Dog, Dog Friendly, and Dalesman magazines. I also write editorial copy and digital content. My areas of interest are the Scottish Borders, travel, food and drink, dogs, artists and makers, social media, hearing loss, disability, and access issues.
I'm a brand ambassador for Phonak, and writer, community manager, and social media manager for their brand Hearing Like Me - the number one lifestyle blog for people with hearing loss. In 2015, I founded #HearingLossHour - a live monthly Twitter chat for people with hearing loss. It takes place on the first Tuesday of each month.
As a freelance journalist, I have written for a range of publications including, The Guardian, Diver, Coast, Dalesman, Yorkshire Post, Your Dog, and Reefs.com. The topics I've covered include marine conservation, wildlife, natural history, science, and travel.
I'm also a professional photographer whose images have been featured in magazines including Home & Gardens, Elle Decoration, LandScape, Coast, Diver, and a range of Japanese design magazines. One of my images can be seen in the coffee table book Stripes by Linda O'Keefe.
I'm available for photoshoots in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, and for underwater and travel photography commissions worldwide.
To see my portfolio, visit my website, richardaspinall.com.