On Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of heading to the Roseland to meet up with the lovely Richard and Amy for their engagement shoot. Richard had only contacted me a mere two days before, telling me of his trip to Cornwall to suss out some Wedding venues despite living all the way in Stratford upon Avon! It’s actually not the first couple I’ve met doing the same too - Yay for Cornwall owning the wedding scene! ;) Without being too bias though, it is absolutely stunning AND we have some of the best vendors and suppliers in the UK! (I’ll be sure to share that with you later in another blog!)
With Richard & Amy staying just up the road in St Austell, I was delighted for them to suggest meeting at Porthcurnick beach which is not only home to the infamous Hidden Hut but is a small stroll from the adorable town of Porthscatho - so we had plenty to work with!
We wanted to capture natural, informal shots as well as some slightly posed shots, without being too intrusive, and again, varied angles/locations/sets/emotions throughout. Think reportage style, with a hint of romance as well as fun! ;)
Walking along the beach is always a great way to start to give the couple a moment to relax and get into the shoot without my lens in their faces, so once we’d done a few takes, I then led them to the rocks and cliff for some added tone and texture. I love to grab as much detail as I can when shooting, so despite some people probably questioning my frames of feet, or cropped out heads, it’s more about the movement, texture, outfits, RINGS and emotion of the day too. It ALL adds to the individuality of the couple and makes each shoot as unique as the next! :)
With beach shots done, we popped over to the cafe to grab hot chocolates and take a seat so that I could expand upon Richard & Amys’ story. Toasting take-out cups certainly has to be a new one, but we were celebrating after all! ;)
With the sun setting, I was hoping to grab some delicious golden hour shots but by the time we’d returned to the shore we’d lost it again! A shame, but we hadn’t lost out by any means as - I think we can all agree - they absolutely nailed every shot! Absolute naturals!
Thanks again so much to Richard & Amy for a great afternoon exploring new grounds, I’m glad we managed to meet during your brief trip and that you also managed to make it over to Falmouth before your drive home!
I’m super happy for this Editorial to FINALLY be out there! We shot this back in March of 2016 in the beautiful Gardens of Heligan and haven’t been able to show anyone since! I’m so so proud of this editorial for so many reasons but the biggest being that it was well…the biggest! Having a team of 9 isn’t easy to organise, but between us ladies, copious amounts of emails, shop visits, referrals and hard work, we did it!
The idea was to showcase as much homegrown, homemade, self employed Cornish talent as possible and I believe we achieved it! I’m so lucky to not only know a fair few people in the Bridal and Wedding industry, but have friends in the business too, and this, is essentially where the whole shoot began!
So here it is - go take a peak!
As I mentioned in my blog last week from my shoot with Azura Bay, location is so so important and this WHOLE shoot came to life because of a trip I’d taken to The Lost Gardens of Heligan with my family. We walked down through the orchard into the walled garden and as I turned to my right THERE. IT. WAS. The most amazing Greenhouse with it’s sloped roof off the red brick wall, slate tiles and tropical plants. It was right there, in that moment I knew exactly the shot I wanted; so it was now time to make it happen!
I knew I had make-up and hair sorted, so between our contacts and with a little casting call, we had a team of TWELVE to pull the shoot together. Styling is another very important element and so once we’d decided upon soft, peachy, delicate tones with hints of metallic and a nod to the ‘lost gardens’, Jo was able to piece each outfit together so that not only did we have the dresses alone, but with unique styling suggestions for those Brides looking for something original and ‘on theme’. Holly even made us our very own Heligan ‘headpiece’ with peachy/pink and polkadot feathers in!
Having the whole gardens to shoot in meant we had literally acres and acres of options but with the Weddings at Heligan taking place up in the gardens I wanted to keep the shoot fairly close, and to be honest, there was so much to work with, it would have taken us all day to shoot our way around the place!
Again, we wanted each model to shoot in at least two different locations, which meant moving between 8 ‘sets’; each time, hair, make up and styling was tweaked and adjusted so that we’d included all head pieces, jewellery and alternative styling throughout the whole shoot. It’s a lot to keep on top of and I think I can speak for the whole team when I say we were all exhausted by the time we finished at 4pm! I honestly love what we created though and each member of the team brought so much to the shoot - they will remain favourites forever! If you are a soon-to-be-bride, I can’t recommend the team below enough! I’d also suggest you take a look around Heligan and consider getting married there (I know I would!) PLUS, you now know of a great Photographer to capture your day there too! ;)
I’ll leave you now with details of the team and most importantly the FIRST look into the whole entire shoot! ENJOY!
You can also head to Vow Magazine to read the full interview!
Location: The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Stylist: Jo Chatterley
Make Up: Orchard Make Up & Beauty & Katarina Lategan Make Up
Hair: Alice Jane Hair Design
Dresses: Lavender Rose
Headpieces: Holly young Headwear
Flowers: The Flower studio Falmouth
Jewellery: Sadie Jewellery
Models: Chloe Netherton, Chloe Drew, Maisie Tooley, Poppy Guy
Thanks again to the amazing team!
Once again, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting with Corinne Evans for Azura Bay; so we set about finding a location and make-up artist that would compliment the shoot. Neither of us had worked with Charlotte Albert before but having contacted Corinne previous to the shoot with a great portfolio Charlotte seemed a perfect fit and really proved it on the day! Charlotte set up upstairs where she had the best light for make-up while I lay out the lingerie with some of Corinne’s outfits and the most beautiful jewellery supplied by Tegan; so once we’d all stopped gawking at the amazing views, and waving to the cows it was time to get make up under way!
With hair and make up done, we set about shooting the collection of 6 lingerie sets as well as a casual bralette and jeans number, because, well, it’s easy to dress any of these pieces up or down! I took a good look at each room on arrival so that I could work out if any outfits suited a particular room better than another, focusing on complimentary colours, tones and textures to help each piece stand out. We also wanted to make sure we had a great variety of shots so that it didn’t all necessarily look like it was shot on the same day! Companies and brands want to be able to use the images over and over without the feeling of repetition or overuse so we tried to shoot each piece in at least two locations as well as using different levels, emotion and atmosphere. Creating a story helps with setting up shoots like this too, so Corinne modelled almost a ‘day in the life’ so that we had morning through to night demonstrating varying scenarios to really showcase each item.
As well as the right model and styling for a shoot, the location plays just as an important role in creating the right atmostphere and identity for a brand and Panorama in Mawgan Porth was just PERFECT! We had the house for the entire day which enabled us to benefit from its huge lounge, dining room and SIX bedrooms that were all filled with beaming sunshine ALL DAY over looking the North Coast of Cornwall! We also lucked out hugely with the weather on the COLDEST day of the year so far - not that you can tell! So with each element in place, it was time to get shooting!
Thanks again to Azura Bay,
Model: Corinne Evans
MUA: Charlotte Albert
Location, Panorama, Mawgan Porth
I’m going to kick off my first blog post of 2017 following suit from my last of 2016, with a review of my year! After sharing with you all my year of work, I thought I’d then post a little about my life outside of shoots and editing! My Instagram is the best way to keep up to date with where I am and what I’m up to, but this way, it’s all in one thread! The intention was to post this after my last but Christmas and New Year got in the way and well, it’s late, okay. ;)
I LOVE trawling through images, reminiscing over some of the most amazing memories that have shaped each year and 2016 was one of those that will definitely stand out!
January and February brought us lots of storms, a rugby trip to watch Gloucester vs Exeter, a ton of breach outings and a mammoth cycle from Bissoe to Portreath, Porthtowan and back thanks to the guys at the bike hire! Come March, I had begun my new WeSUP adventures which would provide me with many, many more trips, sun, friends, fitness and the occasional sea swims!
April is my Birthday month which is always fun and was also jam packed with work, shoots and then heading straight into May I had a trip to London, Badminton Horse trials, Masked Ball, I SUP’d (again), camped on the beach, visited my Dad in Dorset and soaked up as much sun as possible.
For Mum’s Birthday us girls bought her tickets to see Elton John at Longleat and decided the safari was obligatory while we were there. I went to Royal Cornwall show to work (and play) then, you guessed it, SUP’d some more!
One of my most memorable paddle boarding experiences was leaving Gylly Beach at 5am with a team of clubbies from WeSUP to paddle round the point of Falmouth to town to welcome the trans atlantic team of 5 female rowers who had just arrived from America! The cheers, congratulations, shouting and flares that contrasted the still and calm of the morning previously will be engrained for life!
August was a busy one with me working/holidaying in Greece followed by a friends hen-do in Marbella the week after! Wedding season also began to come to a close and despite the best of the weather disappearing It didn’t stop our outings to St Agnes, Porthleven, Holywell Newquay aquarium, St Ives, the family yard in Wiltshire, Trevaskis for pumpkin picking, Fowey, Potager, the Eden Project for skating - twice, Perranporth, and Porthcurno!
When I think about it, the miles I cover in this County are crazy but we literally have SO many beaches, adorable towns and rugged coast line down here, why would you NOT spend every spare day you have exploring it?
As for achievements and new experiences (always good to keep pushing yourself!) Lewis finally finished his bike build; which meant we both rode a motorbike for the first time as well as trying our hand at wake boarding AND caught his first few waves surfing which I’m über proud of as I have yet to do the same!
I have SO many more plans and adventures for the year ahead with more cities to visit, beaches to stroll and countries to visit along-side some new ‘firsts’ whether it’s experiences, places or sports; so who wants to join me?!
2016, thank you; 2017, I’m ready!
Before I start, I want to thank EVERY SINGLE one of my clients, without you all I just simply wouldn’t have had the year that I’ve had and I have to say, I’m pretty sure it’s been my best yet! 2015 was the year I built a bigger clientele, grew new relationships and pushed myself more than I had before which really paid off; I’ve been re-booked by the same clients, put on the books for two agencies and met new people along the way who have then recommended me and it’s made this year huge for me all because of the work I did last year!
I’ve been incredibly fortunate enough this year to continue working with Wild West PR on various projects including the behind the scenes for the all Cornish Kelly’s of Cornwall Ice cream advert and with MEOR design studio, photographing B&B’s, Aqua Spa, Trink Dairy, St Ives food and drink festival, and more! I can’t thank these guys enough for giving me the opportunities I’ve had this year and I can’t wait for our future projects together which will see me all over Cornwall in 2017!
The lovely Abi Rule from A Country Lady and I have also had a pretty awesome year with our new partnerships shooting for her blog, sponsors, riding and adventures! Abi and I actually went to school together but hadn’t seen each other properly for years until our careers brought us together back in January and have kept us in regular contact ever since! I think this has to be one of my favourite elements of my job; the amazing people I meet! I genuinely believe in everything happening for a reason and this year, if it wasn’t for photography, I wouldn’t have met a number of people who I consider close friends, for life. We push each other, collaborate, chat, shoot and share as many opportunities as we can between us all.
My wedding season has been one of my busiest yet and I’ve had an absolute blast meeting every couple. You are all incredible people with amazing stories and I’m so grateful to be invited to share the start to one of your biggest chapters together; it’s an honour and a privilege to witness, so thank you.
As for fashion and commercial collaborations I was super excited to have worked with Azura Bay and C-Skins with Corinne Evans, Animal alongside Philly Lewis and Barbour & Musto for Abi. It’s crazy to think I’m working with some huge names out there and I’m no way near done yet! ;)
I believe goal setting is hugely important not just for your business but personally too which is why I always take a moment to think about where I want to be each year, who I want to work with, what I want my work to attract and how I want it to shape my lifestyle. After all, what’s the point in being self employed if you’re not creating a life by design! ;)
So…here’s my year in pictures - and because I’m slightly (very!) OCD, they’re all in chronological order! I’m super proud and love every single image - I hope you all do too! Here’s to a bigger and better year in 2017!