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!
For my next ‘In the Life’ instalment, I thought it was only fair I brought you Corinne Evans! After a year and a half shooting together we’ve produced images for Animal, My Protein, Northcore and C-Skins as well as the beautiful Azura Bay (see our shoot here)!
When you’re an athlete, fitness becomes an essential and key aspect of your lifestyle which means you need to get out, keep fit and maintain a healthy and balanced diet. A day in the life of Corinne will regularly include a coastal run and/or yoga ON TOP of the work out she naturally gets from surfing. Arm and core strength is super important so an all round workout keeps her in tip top condition!
Once her workout is complete, it’s time for a surf check, pit stop back at the car then off to chase those waves! Packed with a warm change of clothes, flask and beauty products to protect those gorgeous locks we headed back to the coast! I honestly can’t think of better way to make a living and I’ll be joining Corinne again soon for another day of coastal walks, surfing and camp fire cooking!
To purchase Corinnes My Protein outfit or any Northcore products, just follow the links above! I’d happily buy that surf board just to look at! (all the heart eye emojis)
Having previously worked alongside Animal I was super happy to received an email asking if I could shoot their Autumn/Winter 2016 active range! After discussing locations, mood boards and the vibe Animal wanted to achieve I then met up with their latest team member/model Philly Lewis; who teaches yoga, surfs and is also a photographer!
Renowned for their surf/skate and ski apparel, Animal wanted their new active capsule to portray an athletic lifestyle that could be adopted by anyone; so with this in mind we approached the idea that I would capture the collection in both an urban and coastal environment.
Philly and I had such a great day shooting across Truro, Perranporth and Newquay as she switched between each outfit to provide a variety of product and lifestyle shots.
As well as information about yoga classes, head over to Wild & Free to find out were Philly and Alan Stokes (also sponsored by Animal) are next hosting their surf and yoga retreats!
Thanks again to Animal & Philly for a lush day,
Only a few weeks ago on a sunny Friday in Falmouth I had the absolute pleasure of capturing Kerry & Andrews wedding at the Greenbank Hotel. We had one of the most relaxed mornings EVER while Kerry sat and had her hair and make up done with family and friends popping in and out of the room as well as us all taking a trip down to the ceremony room to have a peek at the decorating and styling coming together.
Once all the guests had moved from the bar to their seats it was time for Kerry to walk down the aisle accompanied by her two boys. Waiting for her, was a nervous and emotional but very happy husband-to-be Andrew. After a beautifully intimate ceremony, it was time to head back downstairs to enjoy drinks and canapés whilst soaking up the sun between the terrace and lounge.
The wedding breakfast was held in the same room as the ceremony where the sun continued to flood in through the balcony windows that over looked the stunning estuary leading to the River Fal. I can completely see why Kerry & Andrew chose to celebrate their wedding here, as well as being only a stones throw away from where she grew up.
With the sun setting behind the river and the light drawing in, it was time to welcome the evening guests and witness their first dance as husband and wife; what a perfect end to their beautiful, heart warming and special day. I honestly don’t think I stopped smiling throughout, it was infectious as you can see from the way Kerry looked below.
Kerry & Andrew, here’s to a fabulous future as the new Mr & Mrs Burt, I wish you and your gorgeous children a lifetime of health and happiness.
All my best,