After shooting for #BarbourLife, A Country Lady and I headed across to Marazion for a beach stroll and pasty - as Cornish as it gets - but that’s what I actually wanted to touch on in this post; being typically Cornish. Abi and I both grew up in Cornwall and despite being A Country Lady, Abi is also 100% a coastal lady too; and down here we have the best of both!
A typical day for Abi will start and end on the yard doing the horses (currently horse) and on this day, it was no different; accept Abi would be finishing her day at Bicton Arena as she headed off with Snips for the weekend. What happens in between these hours and on each day off can completely differ from one weekend to the next and so here’s a little taste of what to expect from our favourite equestrian blogger as she makes the most of living in Cornwall.
Be sure to also keep an eye out on our feature with Barbour as it goes live on their blog this month!
4 weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure and honour of witnessing and photographing the wedding of my two friends….in GREECE. Along with a group of 40 family and friends, we flew out for a week of sun, swimming, delicious food, a boat trip to a private Island and of course, the most AMAZING Greek wedding day.
After spending the morning in 36 degrees by the pool prepping the Wedding Arch and decorating, one by one everyone began to head in to change and prep for the 5pm wedding. With a Villa that can sleep 50 we weren’t short of space and so had a whole floors lounge to ourselves over looking the terrace for hair and make up. The atmosphere was so calming as I popped between floors and chatted to everyone: it was the most lovely way to spend the early afternoon getting ready with a mass group of my own friends and their family!
At just gone 5, once Amy was ready it was time to head poolside where all the guests had gathered for the arrival of their STUNNING Bride…emotions were at a high before she’d even walked down the ‘aisle’ setting of numerous people into floods of tears, including her incredibly patient Groom who was the last person to turn and see her (my fault ;) ). Never have I witnessed such an emotional and heart felt ceremony; AND it was led by Amy’s dad, making it even more special. With their best friends by their sides and the most honest and personal vowels, Amy & Dan could now finally celebrate officially becoming Mr & Mrs Dash!
With group shots down, we were then whisked off in the car to snap some amazing couple portraits down in Anavyssos. Hillside views overlooking the Bay started off our first location nicely before we popped to the harbour wall, leaving us with some magical golden hour images that have become some of my absolute favourite shots. They both did SO well considering that even at nearly 7pm it was STILL 36 degrees!
It was now time for a feast of delicious greek food, drink, speeches, first dance then a surprise appearance from some local dancers that had the WHOLE wedding party on their feet. Just HOW perfect was this whole day..?! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a wedding than watching a group of people that mean so much to you dancing around, POOLside with the most amazing Villa around us, in GREECE. It was honestly a day I’ll never forget and I’m eternally grateful for being asked to not only join them abroad but be asked to capture the whole day for them too.
Amy & Dan, never have I met two people as passionate as you two, which combined, makes for a pretty impressive, strong couple with huge amounts of fire in your bellies. You’re both so hard working, honest, kind and are fabulous parents to little Alfie. You’ve got a great future ahead of you all and I wish you all the best in life as you start a happy and healthy new adventure together.
Thank you. X
After our test shoot for Azura Bay back in February, Corinne and I were delighted to hear we’d been booked to then shoot some bikinis from their SS/16 range too! I knew we wanted bright tropical waters and I also knew just were to find them in Cornwall. With such a vast, varied coastline, we are honestly spoilt for choice down here but for this shoot Porthcurno provided all we needed and more. Setting off in the morning down to the very end of Kernow we were greeted by crystal waters, the most soft white sand and weather to die for. I’m pretty sure that this was the first time I myself was in a bikini while shooting too; and that’s something i’m definitely not complaining about.
Corinne and I absolutely adored the two swimsuits - not only did they look amazing and get a lot of compliments but throughout the day Corinne expressed how comfortable they were and how she was confident they’d ‘stay put’ whilst surfing (HUGE bonus for all surfers!). Both are available on Azura Bay’s shop but be quick as they’re proving to be incredibly popular!
A few weeks ago Olivia Bossert and I decided that we needed to take some time out, go exploring, cameras in hand and get a little creative! Having passed Cardinham Woods copious times I thought it would lend itself perfectly as our backdrop and for an all round explore and photo session.
There were a few images I had in mind that I wanted to capture while I was their but regardless I decided to lug a vintage suitcase with filled with props, outfits and cameras….all for fun!
We climbed up round one of the steepest tracks as we wanted to ensure the best ‘wood-y’ feel to our images…and these trees did NOT disappoint; I couldn’t help but feel like I was in Canada?! I’m honestly SO incredibly lucky AND grateful to live in Cornwall where we have such amazing diverse landscapes, seascapes and adorable little towns - I’ve not exactly travelled the world, but I’m sure I can’t be the only one that feels we have tastes and sprinklings of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Mediterranean on our doorstep?
Back to the images…. Having said I’d be more creative with self portraits and imagery in general this year, I’ve found that if it’s not penciled in and ‘blocked off’, it doesn’t happen! Olivia & I decided to put a stop to this and so I finally got IN FRONT of the camera again for a simple portrait that i’ve already released to you all. Then it was Olivias turn ;)
I was so so happy with how these both worked out, but there was one more image I had in mind. This was a bit bigger than the others to create and would take a lot longer to edit but it was something that would challenge me and that’s exactly what this trip was for; Creative space, exploration, fun and a bit of a challenge. Again, i’m pretty happy with the result.
We also decided to take advantage of the fact that we were both photographers and snap a couple portraits of each other while we were there too! It’s all very well taking self portraits, but sometimes it’s nice to have another professional capture some head-shots that you can use for web, social and professional profiles! Thanks again to Olivia, who managed to get a photo of me that I actually kinda of like! :)
As always, I grabbed a few behind the scenes images and polaroids too (of course!). More can be seen on my Instagram :)
Sometimes in life you’ll meet people for the very first time and will feel like you’ve know them a lifetime. This Wedding, exactly that happened.
Having all driven between 5-9 hours, Sarah & Brians’ family & friends set up base at The Green for the most beautiful wedding, nestled in the depths of Cornwall. As I arrived first thing, having never met anyone, I immediately bumped into the Bride and Grooms Mums, shortly followed by Sarahs’ sisters, their partners, copious amounts of other family, friends and LOTS of children; and i’m pretty sure I spoke to ALL of them. They were SO warm and welcoming it was like being reunited with long lost friends; even the children were comfortable enough to invite me on a woodland trek down through the grounds to the pond - and who was I to say no!
Once we’d rounded everyone up (when I say everyone, I mean the girls) between us, hair and make up were done, dresses were on and champagne had been toasted it was time to slip next door to the most amazing little barn were Brian and the wedding party patiently waited for the arrival of Sarah and her mini tribe of bridesmaids. Beautiful flowers, bunting and fairy lights hung across beams that surrounded the guests as the ceremony took place. After laughter, tears, ‘I do’s and cheers, the new Mr & Mrs Chamberlain could now finally continue their day as a married couple!
With grounds that stretched from the lower pond, woods, open lawns that passed the houses to the park, there was no way the guests wouldn’t be entertained - in fact, it was almost a struggle to keep up with everyone (again, I mean the children), but after group shots and their wedding breakfast I still managed to gather them ALL for a sneaky little photo which I know they’ll appreciate one day ;)
As the evening drew in and the barn was all set it was time for the first dance; Sarah & Brian took to the stage were they were shortly joined by their girls and baby boy for one big family dance. With adults and children alike taking to the dance floor it was so sweet to watch how close this wedding party was. The laughter, games, dancing, relationships and love between everyone was incredibly heart warming. I know there were a few times were I just stood and absorbed it all as I looked on at this family that I’d suddenly felt so close to.
Sarah & Brian, I want to thank you SO much for having me that day, it was such a pleasure to capture, surrounded by such lovely family and friends. The girls were amazing too and so I want to thank them also. Tell Millie, i’ve not forgotten my promise and her photos will be on the way soon :)
Here’s to a fun filled, healthy and happy future ahead for you all! I’ll see you when you’re next down in Kernow! Much Love x