A few weeks ago the lovely Emma from Live Life Honestly came down to Cornwall for the weekend so we could shoot some beautiful new imagery for her website and social pages; we were fortunate enough to set up base at the beautiful Seavista B&B for our healthy, coastal living vibe that worked even more perfectly than we could have imagined!
Emma and I wanted to capture bright, clean and crisp images with a nod to natures’ healthy, botanical goodness. Not only would this portray her ‘green’ lifestyle it would provide her with attractive, brand appropriate frames with complimentary colours that suggest life!
So with a rough mood-board of colours, tones, textures and outfits, we worked in and around our self-catering lodge at Seavista for that ‘lived in’ vibe that would give Emma’s audience an idea of how her average day would look like. Smoothies, colourful dishes, blogging and a healthy relaxed atmosphere was key and I’m pretty sure it’s exactly what we captured!
Considering this shoot was the first time Emma and I had met, we instantly clicked. It was like we’d known each other our entire lives; conversation was SO easy, our work ethic complimented each other and we pretty much just shared the same enthusiasm, ideas and positivity for our futures and…well, life in general.
As a photographer, it’s so so great that not only do I get to meet so many awesome people, but that an amazing amount of them are like minded, have built their own businesses and have an inspirational amount of grit and passion for all that they do. I’m proud to call these people my friends and look forward to meeting many more of you as I continue to create content, capture your lives and share stories with you all!
To celebrate Emmas’ soon-to-be new website, I’d love for you to all check out her very own e-book of recipes she created in just 48 hours so you can get a taste (get it) of what’s to come when everything goes live! You can find it here or follow the link direct from her instagram!
And some behind-the-scenes snaps too!
With shorts, summer dresses and sandals now at the forefront of our minds I’m super excited to share with you all some floral, spring vibes to inspire you from my latest shoot with Corinne Evans and Azura Bay for their S/S17 collection!
I think we can all agree that Spring time in the UK is a pretty significant time; blossom appears, magnolia flowers and with a whole host of colour, palms and that smell of fresh-cut-grass we all seem to forget about the winter, dig out our flip-flops and plan for warmer climates. And so with this, we decided our spring inspired shoot should portray exactly that!
Where were we going to find a garden that boasted a typical British tea-party aesthetic AND Med Vibes? Corinnes’ Gran’s house, of course! And I’m not kidding when I say this garden had it ALL. Chair swing? Check. Mediterranean corner? Check. Giant palm…..uhhh, check! Having this diversity meant we had no trouble arranging and planning each piece and outfit so that it had it’s own ‘set’!
Once again, Aura Bay supplied us with the most beautiful lingerie that is not only ethically made but comfortable, flattering and well, classy! I really think that all women will love this collection as there is honestly something for everyone! I’ve already got my eye on a few pieces and have considered buying the pyjama shorts to wear in the day. I mean, why would you only wear them round the house?! Ha!
For the shoot itself we didn’t exactly have the sun on our side which actually worked in our favour; the overcast sky providing us with gorgeous diffused light that’s so familiar to us all on those fresh spring mornings where there’s a chill in the air and that low mist that you just know will burn off into the hottest day!
So now imagine yourself, waking up on that morning wearing a beautiful silk pyjama set, prepping for the day ahead with a coffee in hand and a croissant or two!
Imagine hoping on the ferry from your home town across the bay to St Mawes to meet a couple that feel like life long friends; then spend the next few hours hanging out and snapping photos of how adorable they are. Well THAT was exactly my day a few weeks back! It’s days like these were I realise how utterly lucky and happy I am to not only live in Cornwall, but to be working here too meeting amazing people and capturing their lives whether they live here or are just visiting.
Kia & Harry have been visiting Cornwall for years - taking advantage of any bank-holiday and spare weekend they can and staying with Harrys’ uncle in St Mawes. So it only seemed fitting that I met them in the idyllic little coastal town on the South Coast to trace their steps from past trips and capture the beaches, streets and seafront that have now become a part of them as a couple…almost a tradition perhaps.
St Mawes really leant itself to the shoot and despite not having the sun that shown its face for two weeks straight previously, we still had the most beautiful pastel canvas behind us and a calming atmosphere as we walked between each spot that had been suggested and discussed over coffees first thing.
Keeping the shoot relaxed and informal - with only slight direction from me here and there - Kia & Harry not only have some beautiful candid shots of them in their favourite little Cornish corner, but were able to practice and get a feel of what it’s like to be in front of the lens before their wedding day (Can’t wait to see you in June guys!). So apart from the fact that they were absolute naturals, they now know how I’ll be working on the day, what kind of poses we’ll be capturing AND it’ll feel so much more relaxed having met me and hung out for the day.
So here they are! The most fun loving, friendly and genuine cool cats you’ll meet!
That last image! When your friends walk round the corner so you have a quick group shot.
You may or may not know that over the last year and a half I’ve been running a couple of studio workshops with the students covering some basic portrait set ups and a little re-touching; so two weeks ago I returned with something a little different!
The second years are a such a great group and have achieved SO much in the last year alone that I wanted to go in with something that they could play with and develop themselves; so after creating a simple mood-board for my model and make up artist, we popped into the studio! Taking with me four sheets of coloured card and a couple of palms I’d bought/plucked it gave the students the option of four colours to shoot in front of and the choice of incorporating props or not all while having a bright, clean and tropical vibe (I’m trying to manifest some sun, okay).
Maisie is such a great model to work with as she knows her angles and is super confident in front of the camera, so I knew it would make the portrait session relaxed as well as fun without there being too much pressure over posing and direction. Make-up is also a key element when arranging a shoot - it pulls together the whole look and creates the most beautiful tones in your images as well as enhancing the models facial features. A great make up artist will save you a huge amount of time in post production by creating a flawless face with correct colour and coverage, and this is exactly what Charlotte Albert did!
I’m so so pleased with what the students captured as they each made it their own, and that’s what I’d hoped! Having props and a brilliantly supportive group around them, I watched as they bounced ideas of each other, encouraged one another, tried something different and asked questions to help further their knowledge and interest.
As a fellow alumni and great friend of mine, Philip Trengove was also there for the morning as he quite often pops in too. It was great for him to also offer advise, suggest techniques and get the students thinking about what it is they were looking for in each of their shots. Maybe, Phil and I will offer these workshops out to the public soon too; you never know ;)
So after a great session, I also took some shots to share with you all as well as some of what the students produced!
Thanks again to Marcus Way for having us all!
Model: Maisie Tooley
MUA: Charlotte Albert
Images below by Emma Coster - Love these!
You’re getting married YAYYYY and you get to plan all the beautiful and all the exciting. YAYYYY but OH MY GOODNESS where do I start and why are there fifty-one-bazillion Make-Up artists in Cornwall..? Sound familiar? I bet.
It’s funny how often I sit and chat to my couples about suppliers but it’s become something I almost ask on auto-pilot now! I’ve been fortunate enough to work and meet with SO many amazing businesses within the industry in Cornwall that it’s only natural I part with my wedding wisdom to those who are seeking a little inside knowledge. I even found myself typing up and printing out a help sheet recently - YES, really, so I thought it was only time that I created a little blog for you featuring my favourite stylists, make-up artists, florists, hire, caterers AND a Wedding planner/coordinator - in case you fancy handing over 90% responsibility too!
The first thing usually to book is your venue, quickly followed by your registrar (with date and time), then once you have a location and date you can contact and book your photographer….and let everything else fall in to place…HA! No, but seriously, here are a few of who I’d then start to book:
Make up Artist (MUA)
This will be completely dependant on the Bride and her preference; some will be looking for a classic bridal look, some will be happy for a friend to do it and some will be looking for contoured cheekbones and long dark lashes - we’re all different and that’s the best bit so I hope the following will help you all out!
Despite not yet working with Stacey on a wedding I have absolute faith in her to create just what you’re after. With the knowledge and passion for creating edgy high-end looks as well as soft bridal tones, you’ll be sorted….that and she’s the winner of the South West Wedding awards 2017 ;)
Having trained with Sally Orchard, Katarina proved herself to be one of the most lovely and competent make up artist I’ve worked with and provided two stunning Bridal looks for our editorial at Heligan last year whilst assisting Sally!
Despite only being in the make-up business a few years, Seija is FAR from inexperienced and has the most amazing natural flair for creating your perfect Bridal look.
Fresh into her own business only a few months ago, Charlotte’s success speaks for itself; having already worked for a big campaign alongside myself and Corinne Evans, she’s definitely one to keep an eye out for!
Orchard Make Up & Beauty
Not only have I worked with Sally on copious Weddings but she created two beautiful Bridal looks on our editorial too; as one of the biggest names in Cornwall with numerous awards and features including 2017 Wedding Industry award winner, you can see why I’m recommending her!
Again, this will be completely down to the Brides preference but below are some of the best in the business!
Alice Jane Hair Design
With over 10 years experience in the UK & Australia, Alice has been self employed for the last two years within mobile hair and the wedding industry creating classic and more relaxed styles for your day.
Goldbird Hair Design
Joanne has become quite the infamous name within the hair industry creating high-end looks for editorials as well as those more suite to weddings and beyond!
Poppi has built an amazing reputation throughout her hair styling career and is happy to take on wedding hair, often working alongside, friend and salon colleague Emma (see below).
Emma Westgarth Hair Design
Having worked and built her way up to salon manager, Emma has since gone on to become self employed taking her whole clientele with her as well as weddings where again, you can book her alone, or alongside Poppi!
With SO many options out there from classic roses to wild flowers and exotic succulents, your bouquet may take some thinking - these lovely ladies below though, will be able to advise on and create exactly what you’re after.
Twigs & Greens
Jen is a bouquet Godess, I honestly love what she creates so much. We worked together on a styled shoot with EVE where she brought along the most amazing bouquet I’ve ever seen as well as helped style, decorate and complete the table settings - her vision is just incredible.
Flowers with M
Like Jen, Marissa has such a lovely natural flair with pulling together effortless, stunning and complimentary pieces; despite being fairly new to the industry she is already a stand-out florist who I hope to work with!
Wedding Flowers in Cornwall
I’ve met Anna a few times when her friendly face has popped round the corner, delivering bouquets and button holes on various wedding days and she always delivers. I’ve seen relaxed wild flowers, formal pieces and almost…sculptured creations amongst her work, so you’re sure to get exactly what you vision.
I still have yet to work with Loulabel, (trust me, I will) but it doesn’t stop me from featuring her upon one of my highest recommendations to the industry. Her eye for colour, details and texture is just stunning so is totally with checking out.
When a cliff side wedding is what you desire, or a rustic barn, lack of decoration may be a slight problem, so let me introduce you to the ladies who have everything you’ll need.
Elle Inspire Hire
Elle provides some of the most beautiful pieces in the industry and is sure to be able to add glamour, vintage charm, rustic tones or coastal vibes to your day, where ever you choose to celebrate!
As well as flowers, Anna can provide a variety of props, plates and interior decor to complete your desired styling including the beautiful glass & bead pieces as well as vessels below!
Virginia’s Vintage Hire
As pictured above, Virginia’s vintage hire supply the most beautiful furniture, large props and even bikes to complete your wedding day, all with an adorable rustic charm so you can literally take your wedding anywhere!
Holly is taking the millinery world by storm down here in Cornwall creating not only the most amazing fascinators and hats, but delicate lace bands and feather button holes. Just go look!
Event Planning & Co-ordination
Charlotte has to be the biggest wedding contact book EVER; this, paired with her event career means she’s a pretty unstoppable, top class coordinator - What EVE doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing, if you know what I mean. ;)
Along with your rustic barn or table in the woods, you’ll most likely require some food (my favourite bit!) and these two come absolutely second-to-non when it comes to food. The only thing you need to decided is whether you prefer your plate to be wood fired or not!
Kerra’s Catering Cornwall
Last year I had the pleasure of Photographing the most beautiful wedding at Trebah that followed by an evening reception placed out under the stars just outside Mawnan where I met Kerra and her team and OH MY goodness. Just phenomenal!
If there’s one thing you need to know, its that Ben knows how to BBQ! Starting at Nancarrow with hand reared meats and home grown veg, you’ll now find Woodfired Canteen all over the globe cooking up a banquet or two so your best to pin him down quick for your big day!
So there you have it, I could really go on but this post is already larger than I anticipated. (May have gotten carried away) Please do get in touch if you’d like any recommendations for your wedding day, I seem to have become quite the Wedding planner over the last few years too and I’m so grateful for it. Being the photographer means I spend literally, the entire day with the wedding party, and if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have meet or worked alongside the incredible talent above! So thanks to all my couples, I couldn’t write this without you all!