Had a great day at The Berryhead Hotel in Brixham on Saturday with newly weds Lisa and Adam. The sun was shining all day which put everyone in good spirits. We managed to get down on the rocks for a few shots as the scenery there is breathtaking, and Dylan and I are very pleased with the results. It was great to shoot this beautiful South West Wedding at the Berryhead - it’s definitely one of our favourite wedding venues without a shadow of a doubt, and also it was great seeing several familiar faces amongst the wedding party too, including 3 couples whose weddings we have previously photographed!
Had a great day yesterday in the countryside with model Hannah. After having her hair dyed pillar box red we decided the best way to show it off would be against the strong green backdrop of the Devonshire spring countryside – so that’s what we did! The day started with makeup artist Deb Milller of ‘Time to make up‘ and Hair Stylist Laura Spencer over a continental breakfast. Then after climbing gates, rambling around the fields and getting told off by a farmer we got the shots we wanted. Such a great shoot, here’s a preview….
Last night I did another shoot with water! This time pouring it on my models with a £2.99 Asda children’s watering can! Instead of my usual finishes I decided with most of the images I would avoid skin smoothing and extensive editing to maintain the water textures and movement. Shot at f/16 ISO 100 38mm with one fill light and a soft box approx 2 ft left of model up high, this shot of model Hannah was taken in my front room of all places! Just a taster… more to follow soon.
Well it’s only ever happened once before to me so I was delighted to find out that this month, my image of model Rosie Cawthorne not only won a Gold Pictorial Award with the SWPP but it won Judges Choice from all of the winning images!
The picture was taken at The Redhouse Hotel in their swimming pool (lovely hotel if you are looking for somewhere in Torquay to stay) and Rosie had spent time preparing her magnificent Mermaid bra – so I wanted to thank her by making sure this image was a keeper! It took a while to get there – but I continued to go back to it through the course of a week until I finally caught the picture I had floating around in my head.
Rosie was the first model I ever won a Gold Award with a couple of years back and now she is the latest Gold for me too!
Here it is folks… hope you like it!
This Saturday saw the start of our spring wedding season, with Julia and Mike at Churston Church then on to Deer Park in Honiton. We were very lucky with the weather which despite raining occasionally seemed to fit in around us and we managed to get the majority of outdoor shots we were hoping for. Dylan and I had a great time throughout the entire day. The guests and family were all lovely people and the mood was upbeat with lots of smiles throughout the entire day. Julia and Mike had worked hard to make sure the wedding was a great day not only for them but for their guests too – and the hard work paid off because it was a fantastic wedding to be very proud of!
Congratulations J&M, Dylan and I would like to wish you both many happy years as man and wife and look forward to showing you your photographs, in the meantime, here is a sneak-peek for you!
February has been a rather good month for me when it comes to Awards!
This month not only did I pick up a Gold Award with a Contemporary Portrait I was commissioned to do by a lovely lady named Charlotte, but I also won a Gold Award for Fashion Photography with the SWPP, for our ‘Messy Fashion’ image of model Monika Haglundh wearing a beautiful bespoke dress by fashion designer Nigel Sargent.
3 further Highly Commended Awards were won also for the contemporary portrait of Carrie Darby, the contemporary portrait of Hannah Williams and for the pictorial piece with the subject of ‘Time’ of Alana Miller…. an image I am very proud of.
So thank you SWPP, and here are the images for anyone who would like a sneak peek!
When Deb Miller and her family told me they wanted to try a contemporary family portrait with a puppet theatre theme I was unsure how it was going to work out – but always keen to give new challenges a go! Recently we have stopped offering traditional family portraits and children’s shoots but have decided to continue to offer the contemporary images to our clients …. so this was a great challenge for me to see how the images would work out!
Deb and Rob have 4 children, and as a make-up artist herself at ‘Time to Make-up’ – Deb created the ‘Puppet Look’ for each of them before they arrived at the studio. Her husband Rob and Deb herself turned up dressed as puppet masters and I had bought a puppet theatre in preparation for the shoot.