So for my first wedding blog of 2018, I give you one of my last weddings of 2017 - I know, I’m behind on blogging but I promise to keep up from now on!
And WHAT a wedding to share. This was my second American/English wedding but the first time I had most of (if not all) traditional Amercian elements; I’m talking masses of bridesmaids and groomsmen, Mum revealing daughter for first-look to the bridesmaids, groomsmen walking everyone down the aisle before the bride enters, individual portraits, garter removal and finally garter toss! All before I saw them all hit the dance floor and ooohhhh MY they know how to party! I had an absolutely amazing day with these guys and I only wish I was able to see them all more often as we got on so well! I was promised a ‘horseback’ riding tour across 100’s of acres from one of the ushers farms in America as part of the ultimate cowboy experience (hat and all) so maybe I’ll have to take a trip! Aha
Cornwall did it’s typical October thing and drizzled for most of the day but we persevered, running inside and out all day grabbing moments and use of the grounds when we could - one of those tasks we Wedding Photographers in Cornwall know all too well! With the whole day spent at Falmouth Hotel it was a shame Falmouth didn’t put on it’s best show of weather and clear skies for everyone who flew over from America but hopefully they could appreciate this beautiful town, even with it’s muted tones and grey skies.
Having everyone on one site that day meant not only did I get to spend the morning with the bridal party but I caught up with the groom and his team too! It was great to meet everyone properly and catch up with the family as being a local wedding you tend to know a fair few of the guests - especially as on this day in particular I had been recommended by a friend who was also attending!
Watching on throughout the day it became incredibly clear how close Veryan and Will’s family had become over the years she’d spent working in America and living so far away from her own home here in Cornwall I can only imagine how grateful she is for the relationships they all formed and how they are all now family of her own too! The same goes for Will and his family over here in the UK - they’re going to have so much fun traveling back and forth between two super sunny countries making memories and creating storied that hopefully I can keep up to date with!
I also HAVE to mention their incredible wedding hashtag of the day. #willisveryanlove has to be the best and most clever name combination to date; the bar has been set…it’s been raised…and is now set. Props to who came up with it.
I could have shared So so many highlights from this day but contained myself and my image sharing to these below.
I wish you the best on your English/American chapter and hope to catch up when you’re back in Kenrow. Veryan & Will, THANK YOU!
Make-up: Charlotte Albert
I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you all this beautiful jewellery shoot yet but as my first proper post of the year, here we go!
Having met Sadie a few times, and shot with her jewellery for my Lost Girls Bridal shoot I’d not yet shot specifically for her own sea-glass jewellery collection so was super excited and 100% on-board when she asked if I could capture her latest handmade pieces!
With our oceans depositing pieces of sea-glass all over the Cornish coast, Sadie’s brief was built around the sea (naturally) and so she came up with a whimsical, mermaid inspired mood-board that included sequins, glitter, loose wavy hair, beads and generally metallic, soft and dreamy tones all to be captured in my photographic style.
Being fortunate enough to have quite a following on Instagram and with a keen eye for new faces to work with, Sadie got in contact with the beautiful Ali Russel and Ellie Hill (Ali & Ellie - a business venture needs to happen here? Chat show?) who were automatically on board also, and so with Charlotte Albert back on make-up we were all set to go!
As for the location, Sadie had already spied out and planned for the most PERFECT spot; we both love a good variety of tones and textures as well as a beautiful tidal pool and cave, which for this shoot leant itself beautifully to compliment the life of the ‘mermaid’ and the symbolic elements which inevitably create each piece of sea-glass.
We were up against it with the weather that day which you could say was typical for Cornwall but I think it only emphasised the power of the sea and weather that makes the jewellery as unique as it is. Working through the cold and wind, we moved around the beach using multiple ‘sets’ adding variety and more of a story to the campaign. The rocks were a great contrast again the styling and colours, the sand and sea spray became a beautiful soft backdrop and the caves and pools formed shadows, reflected light and provided the perfect platforms.
The resulting images were exactly what we were after, if not better than we imagined. You may notice, some look like multiple exposures, or that parts have been duplicated and that is because I took with me my prism! Again, it was something we discussed before-hand as I could use it to mirror parts of the frame, creating something unique for Sadie, almost exaggerating the ‘myth’ and fairytale of the mermaid.
Thank you so much again to Sadie Jewellery, Ali, Ellie and of course Charlotte for their hard work, smiles and constant entertainment that day.
Bit of a late start to my year of blogging and super late to round up my 2017 BUT fear not, it’s here and I’m very proud of it. It’s been another amazing year collaborating and working with old friends and new, traveling across Cornwall, and further pushing my work and style. From repeat content creating for brands and bloggers to commercial work, shooting campaigns and celebrating new businesses I’m so proud of everyone I’ve had the pleasure of sharing this journey with!
I started the year of with my regular client Azura Bay shooting their pre-spring range with non other than their English muse and model Corinne Evans! It was on this shoot that I met the wonderfully talented Charlotte Albert too which I’m super pleased about. It set such great tone for the rest of the year as we then continued to shoot their Spring collection across two locations as well as their Autumn/Winter pieces that again we decided to cover indoors and out!
Another regular and favourite friend to shoot and catch up with is Abi from A Country Lady. With lots of content, products, news and lifestyle elements to talk about on her equestrian blog we capture as much as we can between each shoot so that she has plenty to share over a few months. Plus, I get to spend time with her between the yard and Marazion which is never a bad thing!
As I previously touched on earlier, January saw me working with Charlotte Albert for the first time and so with her being super brand new and fresh to the freelance Make Up world, we collaborated on a number of Bridal shoots with Ro Abell, who I also met for the first time through Charlotte to create some beautiful Bridal imagery to promote us all throughout the Cornish wedding industry. These two have become vital contacts to me and between us we’ve shot most of this year’s fashion work together which has been super fun. Having a reputable relationship with those you work with is what makes this job for me and I’ve built some of the best friendships this year because of it.
Charlotte, Ro & Bridal
Despite Corinne Evans certainly not being a new contact, her latest sponsor Ann’s Cottage is, and so this year was spent shooting their Spring/Summer, Born by the Sea, and Autumn/Winter collections which has proved to be a great success for them as a brand to have cohesive images of their own to promote across their stores as well as feature in various publications including Cornwall Living (we got two covers!).
Having these connections and regular work has been great for me this last two years but I always try to shoot a few times a year pulling in new models and creatives to shoot work for myself. A chance to just try something new and develop my skill set further. This, as well as my first Fashion editorial turned out to be two of my most favourite shoots to date as they were both so different and had such great teams working together on them. As mentioned in my previous blog, working with Surf Girl this year was a great achievement and one of those days that I’ll never forget.
Much later in the year and although we’d met before, it was great to finally get the opportunity to work with Sadie to shoot her latest collection of beautiful hand-combed cornish jewellery! I haven’t yet shared with you all the images so will make sure to do that with you all in a new post very soon! Again though, this is another favourite of the year as despite the freezing conditions and awareness of incoming tide everything went perfectly!
As well as working with local fashion brands it was also a privilege to get an email asking to shoot a piece for Tatler!
The wonderful Lady Martha Sitwell had recently produced the most beautiful equestrian collection that would make anyone feel as glamorous off their horse as it would sat side-saddle galloping across the countryside with the Beaufort Hunt. I spent the day shooting with make-up artist and writer Neita Walker as well as her friend and Eventer Beanie Sturgis adapting the looks which would then feature online alongside the press release and editorial!
And last but by absolutely no means least, all my beautiful couples, brides & grooms I’ve met this year! As a wedding photographer in Cornwall I get to see a whole host of beautiful locations from converted barns and fields to beaches, boats and sea front properties, so as you can imagine it’s a super fun and beautiful part of my year! It was great to re-visit Nancarrow Farm this year as well as a first time visit to Trevenna Barns and the infamous Bisofksy-Pope crossing from St Mawes to Falmouth. I also had three engagement shoots, all of which were beach side (naturally) that saw us on empty stretches of sand, adorable cobbled streets and navigating IMMENSE crowds on Kynanance Cove mid August.
I’d like to thank every single couple, business, model, creative and family that I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year; you’ve all made me the happiest person and I’m forever grateful I get to spend so much of my time with such talented, friendly, positive and beautiful people.
Engagements & Weddings
From concept to shoot in 8 days. Just how to get a job done.
A few people now have asked my what this Project is about and what the t-shirts are for so I wanted to explain a little about The Noah project.
It was the brain child of four new Mums who were enjoying their first ventures into parenthood. Through local mother and baby groups they became aware of one mother who was fighting a daily battle to feed herself and her children. As any parent knows, we will do anything to protect our children and with that sense of unequivocal determination to help this poor mother and others like her, the four embarked on a personal mission to make their lives just that little bit easier.
Fast forward from 2014 to 2016 where the Noah Project not only has a few fresh new members, a new identity and even more passion and commitment to fighting a great cause for so many others but have the added bonus of the Noah t-shirt. Here’s where I introduce you to Johnny Pearce. Wanting to push the project further, the next step was to become a registered charity; and to do this, apparently you need to have raised at LEAST £5,000. So Johnny took it upon himself (and his team) to accept this challenge, go out there and raise the money all before Christmas. Except when you’re Johnny, ‘months’ is too long; what he did it in, was in fact a few WEEKS. He wanted another direction to this campaign, another element that would not only boost support but help with donations too. So the t-shirt was born. Less than a week after the concept of T came around, he was on the phone to me planning and discussing the shoot. It was Thursday (I think), the tops would be delivered to him on Monday, we wrapped up the shoot with our fabulous model friends on Wednesday and the campaign was live that weekend.
We decided that we’d shoot at Fistral, the beach ‘hub’ of Newquay and had the most amazing clear skies and low sun because of the time of day - and so with that wondered through the dunes, onto the beach and across to the rocks with 3 children and 4 adults. No problem. I’m super super happy with the shots we captured as I wanted a fuss-free, informal and fun approach to the shoot and believe that’s exactly what I got. The images have a look and feel like no other charity t-shirt campaign I’ve seen and that was exactly the point.
The Noah t-shirt works incredibly well for 2 reasons… 1. Their fresh new branding and high-end quality create a great product in itself to own, but 2. The proceeds go directly to The Noah Project. So purchasing just one t-shirt will not only provide them with a healthy donation but you’ll be showing your support while wearing a beautifully designed and super comfy T!
Now available to purchase via iCandy Clothing so go show your support and grab one!
Donations are also still welcome over on their JustGiving page too.
All in a days work.
Leigh didn’t think he ever wanted to get married - until he met Hayley. Hayley wasn’t 100% sure of what her life in Cornwall would look like, until she met Leigh. They both complete each other and push each other to succeed further; fate brought these two together and I couldn’t be more happy for them.
I couldn’t be more happy for many reasons but the first is that fate didn’t just bring Hayley and Leigh together, it brought Hayley and I together too. When Hayley decided to leave London and move to Cornwall…alone…I offered a friendly chat over coffee to discuss work and life only to realise that I’d met a friend for life; who became a catalyst for so many other events including the opportunity for me to capture and attend her wedding day with one of the best groups of family and friends I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. So let me introduce you to the Bisofsky-Pope Wedding. A day like no other.
I’d like to start by quoting part of Jo’s speech from their ceremony and say that Hayley is never “only Hayley, or just Hayley” and anyone that knows her will understand exactly what this means, so you can imagine that when it came to her wedding day it would be nothing short of perfect. And that it was. Storm included.
I started the day up in the Penthouse of The Star & Garter where we sipped on coffee, discussed plans and admired Hayley’s dress and flowers whilst the hair and make-up stations - complete with sea views across the harbour - were occupied on rotation.
The ocean was definitely a theme for the day, highlighting Hayleys’ reasons to move and providing us all with incredible views as it wasn’t long before I then met two 1950’s coaches that collected myself and the guests outside of the Greenbank hotel ready to transport us all to our next location. We hopped on and drove over to the Roseland via the King Harry ferry (so that we could see the sea again) to the incredible St Just church - a stunning 13th century building that sits nestled into the hillside surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, directly on the estuary.
Following on from a beautifully personal and perfectly chosen service with additional vocals and instruments played throughout it was time for some group shots, confetti throwing and quick chats before the impending rain. We all made it back to the coaches just before the heavens opened which then took us down to St Mawes and parked up on the pier so we could then make a dash for the Ferry that sat…I say sat, it swayed….swayed waiting for us to embark on a crossing non of us will forget. I’ve described this trip like that scene in Titanic where the choir plays through the surrounding chaos to calm the situation, but in our case, it was a group of good old shanty singers! Despite the fact that no one could stand and drinks were spilling they clutched onto anything they could in the corner and sung their little hearts out whilst we all screamed, laughed and (some) threw up. Once over the initial bumps a few of us decided that it was worth taking a trip to the top deck - so with my camera tucked under one arm and the other clinging on to the hand rail half way up the stairs, the captain shouts “hold on to anything you can, I’m about to turn”….all I could do was scream with laughter as I watched Hayley and Leigh in front of me stood with a wide stance, holding onto each other as well as the bench along the centre of the deck. This was of course only made better by half of the boat then joining us to pour a prosecco or 10 as we made a safe arrival into Falmouth!
A short walk later, soaked through every layer we all arrived to The Star & Garter where Marissa had done an amazing job decorating and dressing the room with more of her beautiful floral creations. Eucalyptus swept around the pillars, a single succulent perched on top of the menus and name cards that demonstrated beautiful hand calligraphy sat at each place.
It was then time to be seated for some of the best, most entertaining speeches ever, (complete with an emoji prop) three courses of S&G’s infamous dishes, lashings of drink, dancing, photos and a one-man-band sensation that set the tone for the evening. I’m not sure half of the guests made it to dessert as the dance floor remained full post second course but that’s what made the evening so fun!
Hayley and Leigh I cannot thank you both enough for having me as a guest/photographer for the day, it was the best fun and witnessing the pair of you take the first step in your next giant chapter was an honour. Thanks also to your family and friends for welcoming me in and taking the time to make me feel like one of the gang.
Here’s to the healthiest, happy and ‘project’-full lives together.
Dress: Eliza Jane Howell from St Ives Bridal room
Make-Up: Suzi Winter
Flowers: Flowers with M & Toro
Location: Star & Garter