As most of you will know, my instagram tends to be a pallet of white and black neutral tones mixed with hints of colour, but always with a prominent reminder of Cornish blue, so when the brief for this shoot was dark, gritty and grainy I was actually pretty excited! Don’t get me wrong, I love the bright, clean and crisp images I produce - I wouldn’t be me without them - but having the chance to produce something unique and individual to Juliet meant I had to approach the whole shoot with a different mindset and I loved it! Of course, light was still the main focus…or should I say lack of it but my goodness it made the movement, posture and positioning of Juliet Bailey even more beautiful.
Juliet is a fantastic pilates instructor who contacted me with a mood-board and vision in mind for what she wanted to re-create on her own website and so that’s exactly what we did! With navy and salmon-y colours within her brand identity we wanted to keep the shadows strong with navy hues and slithers of light highlighting the shapes and form of Juliet as I observed her working through a routine that’s so regular to her.
I never like people to feel uncomfortable in front of the camera so I simply sat, stood and lay in various positions inside the most beautifully large and slightly run down hall with the most amazing windows that illuminated my subject…from behind…! By documenting in this way, what we produced were gorgeous, un-intrusive images that are neither commercial or too staged. They show pilates in almost an art form, which I suppose it is. I was mesmerised watching Juliet flow so effortlessly between each pose, taking deep breaths then floating into her next position; it was like watching a dance performance - on my own! Aha
So feast your eyes on a selection from our day and do feel free to contact Juliet of you’re interested in booking a class.
This session certainly made me re-think my fitness as well as shooting yet more film and letting myself create more dark and gritty images.
Delicate and chunky with a nod to the equestrian lifestyle, these pieces of jewellery are individual and unique as the next. It was an ideal pairing in that case for Abi from A Country Lady to feature in our informal lifestyle shoot which captured them all just as Abi and I would wear them. Stacked up or worn alone, Victorious jewellery is the perfect addition to any outfit and personal style.
Based up in Yorkshire nestled in the countryside lies a quant studio where maker Viki crafts each piece and where the whole collection was sent for us to have a peak! We were fortunate enough to not only have lovely preview of all the items but produce images for use on our blogs and Victorious website too; so go follow the links and check out this unique jewellery collection.
Here are a few of my favourites!
Who knew that one of my most last minute shoots (booked 48 hours before arrival time) would turn out to be one of my most favourites…ever. The reason for this? Luke proposed to Felicity at Kynance Cove only ONE week to the day previously so wanted to celebrate with some engagement images in the exact same spot before they headed back to Dubai that same week! And who am I to turn down ANY of the above..?!
The weather looked incredible so we were all set an excited for the day ahead….except one small problem; we were in one of the most beautiful spots in Cornwall in the middle of the summer holidays. Now, despite Kynance being a spectacular spot, I’d never previously had problems parking up there — until this day. I had to queue going down to the Lizard and queue off the turning straight into the first overflow parking field on my right…at the end of a very long walk down to the beach. Great. Fortunately Felicity & Luke got there just before I had and spotted me arriving otherwise problem 2 would have been imminent as the plan was to meet at the bottom! The real problem ‘2’ was in fact that with this phenomenal amount of people all descending on the beach we were going to struggle with space on the beach to shoot. With some quick thinking and a few ‘location’ changes with some clever angling though, i’m pretty sure we almost managed to make it look like we were the only ones on the beach!
I had the best day shooting with Luke & Felicity as we wandered around and snapped away. We spoke on the walk down about how they wanted to go for a very relaxed and informal approach to their shoot with nothing too staged or fussy so that’s exactly what we did. I documented them with a couple of suggestions of which way to walk, how to stand and where they should look but apart from my small amount of direction, we kept it very social and fun. Perfection!
Another suggestion I make to couples is to consider their outfits for the day; you’ll usually want to go for something fairly neutral, simplistic but complimentary towards each other and I have to say, Felicity’s choice was all that and more. Having a dress emphasised the crazy winds we had that day which created beautiful movement and fluidity to the images as well as a feminine touch. Using the rocks, stones, sand and ocean as different backdrops, the tones and textures really pulled to the colours in the outfits too which I absolutely LOVE.
All in all, theres nothing I can fault about this shoot and I’m incredibly grateful to Felicity & Luke fro trusting me to capture their session just how they imagined it. Even if it was windier than we anticipated - I think it only added to the day!
Zara. My beautiful Mensa Bride, thank you so much for having me capture your special day with Dan; I’ve never seen such a regal couple and feel honoured to have been part of your day!
I was fortunate enough to spend the whole day with Zara, Daniel, their family and friends at The Alverton Hotel where I documented not only the Bridal prep but the Grooms party all preparing themselves in the beautiful new courtyard at the top where personal and unique touches to the wedding were certainly evident…which I love; especially when it involves a storm trooper mask kindly gifted by the best man!
This kind of set the tone for the day which was not only full of traditional and classic wedding elements - including red bridesmaid dresses, cravats and roses - but so much fun from the family with children running on the lawn and guests basking in the sun along the terrace.
And speaking of children, I feel like I have to mention here that as far as Usher duties go, I have never seen anyone round up children, organise guests, pass on messages, ring for gin, keep to timing AND help me like Dan’s brother Rob; he was a machine that day and has definitely set a high bar for Ushers! So thank you, you were a star.
I should really thank everyone for being so so accommodating throughout the day. I know it can’t be easy having a stranger around but hopefully you all felt like I was a friend by the end of they day!
With the sun starting to set after dinner, Zara, Dan and I managed to sneak off for a few more images alone before the infamous bouquet throw then on to the first dance! This is where the perks of having a performer as your Best Man came in handy as Sam opened the evening of entertainment with a beautiful, intimate set of his own with Rob coming in (yet again), to play the drums for a few songs!
What a way to end a special wedding in the most gorgeous building and grounds.
Thanks again to Zara & Dan.
Not only do I find a good coastal walk to be the perfect antidote for the soul but a good catch up and ‘offload’ to fellow creatives to be just as effective too! Combining the two, Olivia, Anna and I all headed off to Zennor, parked up at Wheal Chance tin mine and went for a little explore along the coastal path, armed with our cameras to chat, admire and document - I love days like these.
If you’ve ever heard me talk about my favourite spots in Cornwall before then you’ll know that Zennor sits directly on one of my favourites stretches of road from St Ives down to Lands End. This route curves and falls along the North coast, through the most stunning villages full of Cornish charm. Stone hedges, narrow roads, old farms and cattle grids mark the isolated and untouched views across the valleys where signal may just be a problem. But it’s perfect. The very first time I came here I was genuinely a tad in awe of how ’untouched’ it all felt - like going back in time; but I knew I’d quite happily spend the weekend in a quaint B&B, with no service just wandering the fields, coastal paths and live the good old Cornish life.
There are plenty of paths to clamber down and explore all along the coast so we dove straight in, picked a route and just wandered. Being three photographers though, it didn’t take long before we all stopped to take photos, got each other to stand in for some shots and discuss how beautiful it was. Imagine this, then times by 8…there were SO many beautiful spots! Remembering that of course, we are in Cornwall, we then contended with a pretty large grey sky that was heading straight for us so our ‘walk’ turned into a hurried half-run (after some empty-road shots) back to the cars!
Our plan was to then pop in to The Gurnards Head for some lunch as we’d all heard exceptional things about it, but because it’s obviously so exceptionally good, there were no tables! This means we’ll all just have to head back again…and maybe head east up the coast for a change of scenery. If anyone fancies joining us, do please say as I always think the moore the merrier. See what I did there ;)
Check out Annas’ & Olivia’s blog for more!