Back in Spring I received an email that would ask me to shoot an Editorial for Surf Girl and I could not have been more excited about it! As one of the most renowned surf magazines in Cornwall and a print I’d wanted to feature in for the last two years, this was one opportunity I wouldn’t have missed for anything! Between make-up artist, hair stylist, models and stylist it wasn’t long before an incredible team was set and ready to work their insane talents; all that was left was a location!
I’d been discussing plans, mood-boards and the fact that we were shooting an Autumn editorial with Surf Girl Editor Louise when the sudden brain wave of a recent discovery hit the forefront of my mind and immediately became the perfect location for our shoot. Not only had I met the friend of Kudhva owner a matter of weeks before, but had been following the progress through Mackie Studios of their web development and design, so in one great swoop of timing and coincidence, we were ready to adventure off to Tintagel in a convoy of cars to Kudhva; a site that translates to ‘hide-out’ in Cornish - perfect no?
Speaking of timing, we also managed to pick the HOTTEST day of the year so far to shoot our autumn editorial, so we were super lucky to be covered by a canopy of trees and have an incredible team that battled through the heat relentlessly.
As always, Charlotte & Rosanna did an amazing job with hair and make-up for the shoot (did I mention we had NO electric) and prepped the girls with gorgeous waves, plaits, feathers and dewy skin that would compliment our wild, tribal and autumnal theme perfectly.
Having set up camp in our Australian-esq base with outfits laid out, accessories picked, (Including Kudhva owner Louise’s’ very own belt collection!) with each set/location already scouted and matched to outfits and models we then began to shoot our 10 looks across the Kudhva site!
Donning a thick cardigan and slipping into a pair of jeans isn’t exactly most peoples idea of fun in 30º heat but the girls remained professional throughout while we all hid under the shade and ran for water between sets!
Kudhva really leant itself on this day with it’s secluded and nomad vibe; greens, mustard yellow and slate paths highlighting the colours in the garments and emphasising the rich and colourful tones.
I’m so excited to be able to now share these with you all as it’s one of my favourite all time shoots. The team and atmosphere made the day the success that it was so I’d like to thank them all again.
Stylist: Evie Johnstone
MUA: Charlotte Albert
Hair: Rosanne Abell
Models: Josie Pearce
Sylvia Canorea Botet
Publication: Surf Girl
Have some more BTS for luck ;)
As a fair few of you may already know, I’m a regular paddle boarder and member of WeSUP right here in sunny Falmouth; I’m currently half way through my second season here so wanted to share with you all why exactly I love it, the benefits from the activity and why I think you should all give it a go!
Being part of WeSUP paddle board centre means I’m fortunate enough to paddle with one of the best communities around. Quite often we refer to ourselves as family but that’s because everybody really is! As I mentioned, I’m in my second season now so the same faces that I trained with and met last year are back, as well as loads of new friendly faces who are available to join each other on spontanious trips as well as all the WeSUP classes including a new footwork clinic, sup intervals, run & sup and sup & jump adventures! There’s a super important rule that we have at Gylly and that’s that no-one gets left behind - we paddle at group pace and we paddle as a community.
“How do you manage to stand up on those things?!” Is probably the first thought of a lot of people and most believe the strength in your legs and core will determine your success standing up but let me tell you now; paddle boarding will work out your whole entire body. Fact! Every paddle stroke you take will stem from your shoulders down your arms and around your obliques as you bend from the hip, then with entry, the pocket of water your paddle holds as you glide along will use your core and stability down through your quads right to your toes as you grip. Now, a correct paddle technique will be paramount to your fitness and effective paddling but with lessons from Sean and the team, you’ll be benefiting in NO time; I personally have noticed a difference in my stability, stamina and speed during my time on the water, so I’m sure literally anyone else can too!
If you’re anything like me and enjoy a bit of escapism every now and then, whether it’s a secluded beach or a cliff top walk you’ll love a trip out on the water exploring the coast line on a paddle board too! It was only last week that Hayley (Stoves in Coves) and I took ourselves down to the deep South West of Cornwall, borrowed a couple boards from The Hoxton Special and launched ourselves off of Porthcurno to escape for a few hours. We may not have paddled far and it wasn’t exactly the most hot, clear and sunny day but with the right equipment and knowledge we were away! I do want to reiterate here that you should in no way be doing this on your own if you DO NOT have the experience or knowledge to go out alone - so this, along with fitness actually brings me nicely along to my next point…
Two friends that are responsibly for my paddle safety knowledge, improved fitness and progression are of course;
WeSup - My confidence and SUP ability would not be what it is now without Sean and his dedicated team of instructors (Hi Sophie, Fay, Ben & Ash!). As well as taking part in a refresher induction this year and a fair few excise classes, I recently passed my Safe Paddler Award with Sean that train’s the individual in reading weather charts, understanding the tides, currents and swell as well as ensuring we can complete all paddle strokes and are confident in rescuing and towing fellow paddlers IF they ever required it.
Paddle Logger - Dave has produced not only the perfect app to track your trips but has a beautiful line of clothing to accompany you out on your journeys too! Having the ability to observe my pace, trip time and distance has been super handy when watching my development and also for planning trips and reading the coast line! Whenever I head out alone, I always have a target I set myself, whether it’s reaching a destination in a set time or simply paddling in one direction for half an hour then heading back after so it’s great to track these and add to lists that I can refer back to later.
Above all, paddle-boarding, its community and the trips I go on are fun! From my very first few lessons to navigating Porthcurno, taking Moka (pooch) out in Falmouth and all the adventures in between I’ve been creating memories and moments shared with so many amazing people that truly make the sport what it is. So thank you all for making a hobby I picked up last year, something I’ll be doing for the rest of my life!
If I’ve inspired any of you to head out, do please let me know as I’d be more than happy to accompany you out around Falmouth :)
So after surviving my THIRD trip to Glastonbury, I thought I’d share with you all 5 highlights from this year. If you’ve been before, you’ll know this applies pretty much every year; and if you’ve never been, maybe this will encourage you to try it..?!
1. Getting stuck in
There’s no way you can go to Glastonbury if you don’t like crowds, although saying that, there are definitely ways of avoiding them and it IS family friendly so depends on what you’re after. And this is where I’m about to tell you that getting right on up toward the front is an absolute must at some point over your weekend. Yes, it’s a pain to get in and out of, yes it gets pretty cosy but down by the crowd control barrier on Saturday night watching Foo Fighters it was the best place to be. I can’t describe how much more you’ll feel absorbed in the music and atmosphere than when you’re tucked up a matter of meters from the stage surrounded by flags. THEN when you think it can’t get any better, you’re hoyked up onto a pair of shoulders where you can REALLY see the scale of the festival - so imagine this then add the 100,000+ lighters/phones/torches lit up across the Pyramid stage while you’re sat way up high and THIS becomes a forever highlight from Glasto while you watch the fireworks and gaze in awe at what you’ve just become a huge part of. (I would share with you a video but it’s a tad blurry, a tad bumpy and I may have been a bit loud)
2. The people
And there are a LOT of them, but never have I once come across anyone who is doing anything less than having a great time. (for one reason or another!) I don’t think I’d be the only person to say this either. No matter what area, how late and dark it is or how long you’ve been trekking around the site, everyone’s in it together. Queuing for the compost toilet, not a problem; I’m sure you’ll enter some discussion with the lady or man behind you. Making your way across the WHOLE site to Shangri-La and becoming crushed in the one way system, also not a problem; while you’re vertically spooning the 5 people around you, no one’s going to get shouty and you’ll most likely end up walking with them to said destination after. Everyone wants to see the same thing, do the same thing and get to the same place, so embrace the experience and the people around you - they’re a hoot!
Check out this map from Glasto’s website for reference - just look at the trek from Pyramid to Shangri-La (bottom right), it only took us a mere HOUR and yes, we really were almost crushed getting through.
3. Pyramid on a Sunday
Setting up base on Sunday in the sun, sat far enough back that we weren’t trodden on, we watched the sun set, drinks in hand with a line up that consisted of Chic, Biffy Clyro & the one and only Ed Sheeran. Now I’d actually seen Ed two years ago at Glastonbury in the day but nothing will ever compare to seeing anyone live on that stage in the evening when the lights, songs and atmosphere FILL the entire field and ohhhmyyyggaaaaad, he did an incredible job! Known for his talents with a loop-peddle, it’s no secret that he can’t own the stage alone but witnessing it for yourself, set after set of relentless effort and energy was really something else. It’s also why I’ve now booked tickets to go see him again next year too!
We. Had. Sun. All weekend. Can you believe it?! Okay, so it was drizzly and a bit wet once but I had a wellie-free glasto this year and it was amazing! Having experienced the infamous Glastonbury mud and tirelessly trudged through it back and forth in previous years; being able to walk around in vans this year (thanks to Leesh) was a dream! Sitting down between sets, also becomes something to appreciate when you’ve had years where that’s just not been an option. But regardless of the rain or sun, the weather isn’t something you can control and so you have to just grin and bear it sometimes. Pack wellies, pack a coat and you’re good to go!
5. Pylon Tribe
Every year I’ve been to Glasto we’ve always pitched up in pretty much the same spot in the same field underneath the great Pylons (you get used to the hum!) and each year there’s been a different group size and tribe. Whether it’s the group you tent with or the friends you make and spend the whole weekend with because you’re pitched up meters apart, the group really really make the weekend, and i’m fortunate enough to have spent a fabulous weekend with a beautiful, entertaining and energetic bunch of ladies that made this year another super magic & memorable one. So cheers guys!
What do you do when Falmouth gets a mini heatwave and you have a fabulous model and make-up artist at your disposal, you go shoot fashion in tropical gardens like you’re on a campaign in Bali…naturally!
In all seriousness though, I’d been wanting to work with new faces, shoot some fashion and let myself be inspired and challenged to shoot something completely different! I love the relaxed vibe of so many other photographers from all over the world that are super fortunate to be shooting in Hawaii, Australia and Bali so wanted to bring that to our collaboration.
With our team all set and a beautiful tropical gardens located in my hometown, Falmouth, we decided that faded denim, bleached out hues and beach wear would really help set the tone and feel of the shoot perfectly so pulled together a few outfits from Yana’s incredible wardrobe whilst she was having her make-up done!
The phrase ‘dress for the job you want’ is a statement I find myself coming back to over and over again recently in relation to my work and where I want to be because lets face it, if you’re not putting yourself out there and testing where you want to be, you’ll never make it. I recently shared with a friend that I’d love to go back to Australia and it would make the trip so much more special if I could book some shoots whilst out there too, so I stared to imagine what that would look like. Whilst shooting recently, the location (and heat!) couldn’t have looked more like Australia, which sparked that vision and goal in me again - it felt like I was already there! Moments like this are important when driving yourself forward in your career and I guess, is what this shoot was all about. We all have a place we want to see ourselves in, have a style that defines us and a clientele that you pinch yourself over; so shooting with Yana & Charlotte, we pulled these visions together, as a team and put ourselves in a place we hoped to continually be in the future.
And with that, we changed sets, outfits, mixed up the composition a bit and ended up shooting one of my favourite fashion stories, to date…in Cornwall…although we really could have been anywhere in the world.
I guess where I’m going with this and what I want to share with you all, is to chase those dreams, manifest those goals and ‘dress for the job you want’ as you never know where it may take you, or who you may meet in doing so.
Model: Yana Griffin
Make-up: Charlotte Albert
I’m so excited to now finally have the long awaited blog post for the incredible wedding of Kia & Harry! You’ll probably recognise them both as only a few weeks ago I posted their engagement blog from our session in beautiful St Mawes, but my goodness, I couldn’t wait to shoot their day after discussing plans, decor and images to capture.
Now, Kia & Harry’s wedding wasn’t quite what you’d usually expect as they had not one, but two ceremonies! This is purely down to there not being a suitable time for the registrar to visit (as Cornwall is just super busy with weddings!) so they had their ‘official’ ceremony with a small gathering of their wedding party and family then headed back to get re-ready for take 2 - their celebratory ceremony surrounded by a much larger group of friends that all came down from London with special effort to one guy who flew in from San Fran!
I have to say, having two ceremonies was a great way to break up the day and it also meant constant grazing throughout the day with FIVE food courses throughout.
Between lawn games, a photo board, props, drinks outside the barn, canapés and a characaturist there was entertainment and a brilliant atmosphere from start to finish with the sun beaming down on Nancarrow’s stunning grounds.
With couple shots, group shots, family portraits and informal shots finished I popped into the barn before the wedding party descended for their wedding breakfast to capture the gorgeous interior detailing that was fluent through the whole day. Each guest received a succulent favour (dreaaam!) which created a minimal, clean table that was complimented with similar tones from the white roses and eucalyptus draped along the beams above. From their confetti cups to the cake and signed print every single detail was well thought out and suited the couple perfectly. A modern, country take on classic sounds a little confused but trust me, it was all perfect.
With this being the third time I’d seen Kia & Harry and second time meeting some of their friends and family it was so easy for me to slip into conversation with everyone there. They were all so welcoming which made the day so much more special, creating such a lovely relationships that ease the atmosphere when snapping away; as lets face it they have to put up with me following them allll day.
I have to say, I got a tad emotional when finishing this set as it’s been the most lovely journey meeting these two and being involved on their big day. Kia & Harry, you’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with and I genuinely consider you all friends. I hope that after your wedding and honey-moon blues that the wait for these images has been worth it so that you can all, once more, re-live the very start of the next chapter in your lives. I wish you both a lifetime of health and happiness and can’t thank you enough for having me.
Dress: Half Penny London
Hair: Rosanne Abell
Make-up: Genevieve Dey
Flowers: George Mackay
Cake: Georgina Davies