On one of the hottest days of the year so far and with Cornwall looking a spitting image of the Med I was lucky enough to spend 5 hours on Crantock beach shooting for Ann’s Cottage! Not only did we shoot their own lines ‘Born by the Sea’ and ‘Saltwater Seeker’ but also captured a variety of brands they stock including Roxy, Seafolly, Passenger & Billabong.
Born in Polzeath with stores now across the whole of Cornwall, Ann’s Cottage represents everything about that life-by-the-sea; those long beach days, bbq nights, a weekend surfing, paddle-boarding with friends or just a long walk along the coast, so this is exactly what we wanted to capture!
So in crazy heat, on a super windy day, we managed to shoot TWENTY outfits that ranged from summer bikinis to winter hoodies making sure we had enough content to share across the year promoting fresh brands across all social platforms as well as their Ann’s Cottage website.
We started at midday when the tide was at its lowest enabling us to get right down to the rock pools and empty shoreline which I have to say, I’d never seen before! Despite visiting Crantock copious times previously for walks, shoots and beach days I hadn’t actually explored the whole permitter and certainly hadn’t been SO far down the beach at it’s lowest tide — it’s something I’d definitely recommend you all doing; I’m pretty sure no one recognised it at first from my Instagram snaps and it sounds like it’s not often it’s seen as low and as clear!
Working our way up from the shoreline, between the gullies, along the rocks, beach and into the dunes we avoided the incoming tide, snapped a huge variety of shots and watched the gannel fill ready for our last outfits of the day in the most bright, crystal waters I’ve seen in Newquay. It really was the most fun and I can’t wait for you to see all the images we captured over on Ann’s Cottage Instagram across the year. So without giving away toooo much, here’s a taste of what we got up to!
Ambassador & Model: Corinne Evans
Here also are a couple behind there scenes from our shoot!
Sometimes a shoot can be for no other reason than to collaborate with your favourite creatives, and that’s exactly what we all did!
Having worked with Charlotte Albert for the first time on our Azura Bay shoot back in January, we’d since discussed collaborating on a Bridal shoot to boost our content and portfolios so we then set about to pull together a team for our styled shoot!
We were both keen to shoot Ailsa Munro’s beeeaaautifull wedding gowns so it was amazing to finally get my hands on two of her pieces to shoot in a location that hadn’t been seen in previous editorials or weddings. Jen from Twigs & Greens was also an easy choice for flowers and with Charlottes friends Ro & Lucy available for hair and modelling, we had a strong team ready to go!
Knowing we wanted to steer away from a location that had previously complimented Ailsa’s dresses, we had a think about our options of houses, estates, gardens and grand buildings and decided that we’d head to one of my local ‘attractions’, Trebah Gardens. It actually has to be one of my favourite spots as the garden is so diverse; boasting so many beautiful backdrops, filled with colour and texture, I knew we wouldn’t be short on places to snap away on an overcast spring day.
With most Bridal editorials, you’d expect to see bright, clean and soft images that portray that of a wedding day - selling that idyllic, floaty and pretty gown, but I wanted to shoot Ailsa’s beautiful pieces with more of a fashion approach than bridal, capturing moody and atmospheric frames.
So with two dresses to shoot around the garden we started up at the top in front of Trebah house and worked our way down through to the incredible giant bamboo ‘forest’; which has to be a favourite of mine - I’ve popped a Bride & Groom in there before and will happily do it again! Aha
If you’re planning a wedding yourself and are looking for any suppliers then do not hesitate to check out this lovely tribe below. It was only a few weeks ago that Ro & I worked on a wedding together and Charlotte and I will see each other later in the year for another as well as for copious fashion shoots (that you’ll see asap!)
Hope you all love the images as much as I do and if you have any questions or are looking to collaborate yourself, then do get in contact!
Model: Lucy Frost
Gowns: Ailsa Munro
MUA: Charlotte Albert
Hair: Rosanna Abell
Bouquet: Twigs & Greens
Location: Trebah Gardens
Life coaching? So what is it and what do you do?
This is something most people have asked me since hearing of my retreat and if they’ve not yet, are probably thinking the same; so this post will hopefully answer your questions as I fill you all in after my wonderful Sunday spent with Hayley and Helen - Ignite Life’s’ amazing instructors in yoga and life coaching!
For anyone who sets goals and targets to help manifest their ‘life by design’, you’ll know the importance of a positive mindset and a clear vision. Ignite Life retreat helped me re-evaluate and re-track my vision as well as push me to take bigger steps in making an outrageously ‘out there’ decision seem totally achievable. Now I’m not just talking about work here, I’m talking about life. Your location, lifestyle, hobbies, passion and traveling are all pieces of a much bigger picture that is completely attainable if you just break it down and work on it!
Within Hayley’s coaching workshops I was able to look back at my past and eliminate elements that have potentially been holding back my confidence and highlight any strengths and attributes I’ve gained because of it, which felt amazing. Now let me just stress here that in NO way do you have to be in a ‘bad place’ or need ‘help’ in life to attend these retreats. By booking on you shouldn’t feel like you’re packing your bags for a big therapy session but it bridges the gap between a chat with a friend, and someone who will pull out the necessary positives from your life and help you keep on track to achieving what you want from your future. It’s a cleanse; a focus on GOOD and an escape from day to day life to re-coup.
Helens yoga then emphasised loss of negativity and focus on these positives throughout her sessions that were split between Yang to Yin, Yin and finishing with the most incredibly relaxing Yoga Nidra that left me feeling well and truly restored!
After fire-side chats with cake and a herbal tea, we sat around as a group discussing the day and how genuinely happy we all felt! Sometimes we all get so caught up in work, routine, gossip and what other people think of us that sitting back and looking at our very own journeys can remind us of how resilient we all are.
So if you’re looking for a day retreat surrounded by some fabulous females who share the same go-get attitude then you really need to book on to the next day Hayley and Helen have to offer! I can’t wait for their weekend long trip to appear!
My first ever camera was film and I absolutely LOVED it. Okay, so it wasn’t your usual 35mm SLR and it was automatic, but I had to load film myself and getting my negatives/prints back without having a clue what they’d look like was the best. For a long time I’ve wanted to shoot more film (having been digital for 5 years) so I started to purchase and gather some film cameras to get me going which began with a polaroid One300 and non-other than an underwater Canon A1! After snapping away for the last year or two I decided to get more serious; I decided to not only capture day to day life, but to capture film for my client shoots too!
During this whole process and following fellow photographers who also shoot film, it dawned on me how much I truly love the craft, the techniques and its evolution over the years; so I’d like to share with you my reasons why you should all shoot film, (or at least have a go at it!) and what it can teach you:
1. Fundamental - Light - drawing. It’s the epitome of film photography. Capturing an image on light sensitive film and processing the negatives. If you’re a photographer starting out, or just want to practice the art then understanding that light will control everything about what you capture is key. If you can shoot film, and know what will be suitable for what environment then I can guarantee you’ll have a better understanding when using anything! Manually adjusting settings to get your exposure spot on will be your starting point.
2. Patience - It’s currently far too easy to snap away taking multiple shots of the same thing, ‘just in case’ (guilty), to auto-focus, or ‘straighten up later’ but with film, from the moment you load, adjust your settings and develop it takes a huge amount of patience and this is something I think we all need to practice! Slow down, stop, and think. What is it exactly what you want to capture, because you’ve only got 24-36 frames on your film! Whether it’s your models positioning, dust shifting through morning sunlight or waves shattering into a shower up the cliffs your timing, patience and setting are key. You really have to get it right, or you’ve lost another frame. This has helped me hugely with quality and composition as I have no shots to waste. You want to capture the best, not the most, after all you want to nail it it one shot, not 50.
3. Style - Playing with your settings will allow you to understand your camera better; do you love a shallow depth of field with those soft backgrounds? (yes!) Do you love the particular colour in a certain film? What is it you want to capture and share? I shoot with a low aperture ALL the time - that’s what gives me my own identity, and I love working with Kodak Portra 160, Ektar and TRI-X. The muted tones, perfect blue and contrast in black and white film are all what I look for so experiment, try new things and enjoy the process!
4. Theraputic - If you’re lucky enough to have access to a dark room, I cannot tell you how therapeutic, relaxing and satisfying it is to develop and enlarge your own work. Watching the shapes and faces emerge from a blank piece of paper is like watching magic. It’s the true craft of photography!
5. Nostalgia - If not for anything else, just do it for the nostalgia! Remember the excitement of collecting your prints, or rifling through the attic looking back at childhood memories? The grain and colour that screams authenticity and a period of time you remember as true as the moment it was taken. No photoshop, no filters, just a captured memory in a truly original form.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not hear to preach or claim I’m a film expert, but having fallen in love with it all over again, I hope that’s exactly what I become!
So on that note, I’d love to share with you all some frames from one of my recent shoots with Corinne Evans for Azura Bay.
If I’ve inspired you to dust off your SLR, purchase some Kodak or practice on your polaroid, then please do share what you’ve captured with me! Tag me on my Instagram or send me a message!
I was lucky enough to spend my weekend at St Ives Food & Drink Festival for the second year running (covering the event) and this year was like nothing I’ve seen before on Porthminster. The crowds were HUGE with roughly 7,000 people coming through each day and you can see why when there were over 30+ food stalls, drink stands, local produce and an incredible line up of performers and chef demos to keep the whole family entertained in the sun. I mean, what can be better than a food festival, in St Ives, on a beach - my favourite things all in one place!
Wondering around the site, you’re nothing short of options whether you’re looking to sit in the sun with some Tarquins or take front row seats for a spot of shanty singing (my favourite) but the main highlight of the weekend has to be the calibre of chefs that were on-hand for demos ALL day each day. From fresh linguine, gluten free muffins or Korean prawns, there was something for everyone to follow or relate to in the kitchen. Winners of Masterchef AND Great British bake off made an appearance as well as local chefs and influencers across the country so if you’re a food lover, consider yourself a dab hand in the kitchen or wish you were then there’s no excuses not to have come down to check out their talents.
So with the sun shining, the stages set, and the gates open, it was all go!
First demo dish of the day was created by Ben Tunnicliffe from Sennen Cove
Fish and asparagus dish by the wonderful Nathan Outlaw.
It was great to see Steve Backshall make an appearance between filming as well as meeting and chatting to the multiple produce and artisan creators inside the tent. I also managed to catch up with Ben Quinn from Woodfired Canteen as he took over the beach for his incredible fish taco demo, showing us all how easy it really can be to eat fresh, outside!
Crab rolls by Mitch Tonks from the Seahorse, razor clams by Jack Stein and fresh linguine from Jeffrey Robinson at the New Yard restaurant, Trelowarren.
Sunday morning saw the sun make an even bigger appearance as the food stalls prepped and dressed ready for the new day ahead, creating a sensory overload as I wondered around the site first thing.
Singapore Lobster by Simon Allott from Rick Stein, Porthleven.
Gluten free Muffins by Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire.
Beautiful looking dishes of wild garlic and cockle linguine, sticky Korean fried prawns and tuna poke by Gizzi Erskine & Sophie Michell.
And to finish we have the incredible Simon Hulstone from Elephant Restaurant in Torquay with his colourful plates. None of this line up would have been possible without Kim Somauroo and Laura Field so a huge, huge thank you to them both for pulling together and styling such an amazing set with inspirational recipes. I cannot WAIT to see what is produced next year but I have a feeling it’s going to be bigger and better than ever so keep up to date and follow all news and events over on the official St Ives Food & Drink Festival website.