I don't really want to use the term engagement shoot as these guys have been engaged for a year and are getting married in a few weeks so...I'd say this shoot was more of a celebration of their love and also a chance for them to let their hair down and get them used to me shoving a camera in their face. We chose Crantock Beach as this is where Stephen works as a lifeguard, Hannah also lifeguarded before setting up Gwenna Tearooms in Porth (which you should also check out by the way) so the location was important to both of them. We lucked into the most amazing sunset on the only dry day of the week!! And, after both of them saying how nervous they were within minutes those nerves had gone and it was pretty much like I wasn't even there, they both smashed it, we got some epic images and I really can't wait to shoot their wedding next month.
I've spent a lot of time shooting for Dick Pearce in the water, more for fun than anything else. They say things come full circle but there's something unique and fun about bellyboarding and the history that I think everyone can enjoy, maybe it's because your expectations are lowered but it really is fun and addictive, ask anyone. Jamie's done a great job of resurrecting a true iconic brand...check them out here .
English Rose is owned by one of my best friends and recently she decided to invest in a website for her business. She needed some images for it so I found myself back in a hairdressers?! Again I tried to vary my approach and experiment with different compositions to try and bring a unique, airy look and feel to the salon.
It's usually the depths of winter that you score spots like this...but the middle of June saw a pretty decent chart setting itself up. 11ft @ 15secs is pretty rare at the best of times but the tides were good as was the weather and there really is only one or two spots worth heading to...close to home anyway. Sure a lot of places would have been on fire this day but the novelty factor of scoring this wedge with warmer water is too good to pass up and it didn't disappoint. It was that good it had me reminiscing of how it used to be 10 years ago, before it lost it's form!!
The work you create whilst doing a degree project takes on a very real world kind of feel, as a result of this I wanted to approach this project (The project being 'Creative Production') in the same way I would a paying client, in a thorough and professional manner.
The brief from the client was fairly straight forward and therefore open to interpretation in any way you saw fit: 'Create either stills and moving image that would encourage more people to volunteer at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum'.
Having seen the grounds at Wheal Martyn my primary aim was to produce a set of images that people could relate to, acknowledge the heritage and give a sense of place and nostalgia, all with a clean modern look. I didn’t want the advertising to be too fussy, fairly simple but with a clear message. I provided mood boards to show the client my vision and drew up a brief for myself. I communicated with both staff and volunteers and everybody there has been friendly and more than willing to participate in helping me create these images. It has been a brilliant project to work on and the overall feedback has been extremely positive, not just from the client but from my peers as well. I really wanted to produce work of a quality that the client would want to use in a real world situation, not just create a body of work for the sake of a project that had no relevance and I personally believe I have achieved this.
My...when Cornwall turns it on she really turns it on, and when it's this good (which is only a handful of times a year) you've gotta shout about it. When Fistral's like this there's really only a few options so we pulled the plug and went and found Hossegor in Kernow. It's days like this in winter that keep me going, the waters still mild, the sun is shining and the crowds aren't too bad. Total day of frothing with Vedda owner and shaper Brad.
A little image library update for the Beach Shack Hair & Beauty Salon in Newquay. I always like to challenge myself and try and shoot subjects that I normally wouldn't when the opportunity arises so I found it quite exciting and fun shooting this set of images and I'm stoked with how they turned out.
The second Independent Schools Surf Championships took place in Perranporth, Cornwall this weekend in perfect surfing conditions, with over 40 competitors battling it out amongst the 3-5 foot and clean waves.
Hosted by surf travel company Ticket to Ride, led by former British Champion Sam Lamiroy, accompanied by top female surf Georgia Timson and the Ticket to Ride team, the 4 day event took a unique format creating more of an educational surf festival atmosphere than a cut-throat competition vibe.
There was a combination of surf coaching sessions, where each pupil was iAM band assessed and given their band colour to mark their ability to provide a handicapping platform for the “Leveller” surf competition, combined with evening presentations and discussions with industry stalwarts and a board surf lifesaving relay.
A full write up of the 3 days can be found here
It was a pretty special day today as William & Kate came to town. They were down Towan Beach learning about the Wave Project which helps children reduce anxiety and improve their mental wellbeing through surfing. Quite a crowd gathered and I was pretty fortunate to be in the right spot to get these shots!!
Wow!!...is all I can say about this wedding. I have been friends with Ant for most of my life and when he called and asked me to photograph his and Fiona's wedding I really couldn't say no, it would be a pleasure and an honour to document their special day.
The ceremony and reception took place in rural North Yorkshire, at a place called 'The Hay Barn' just outside Richmond. The location was phenomenal, so idillic and picturesque, tailor made to capture a stunning day. The sun shone and Ant and Fiona said their 'I do's' (she looked stunning and I don't think a smile left her face all day), we had live music and drinks on the terrace, an awesome meal, classic speeches, and a ceili band after which we partied hard into the night...what a day!!
Here are some of my favs.
Pleased to say I can finally share a few of the images of Dave & Charmaine's blessing a few weeks ago on Lusty Glaze. It wasn't your typical wedding but a very Cornish Beach Blessing. Master of Ceremony Jonny Roberts did a spectacular job and Dave's brother pretty much gave the best Best Mans speech I think I've ever heard...a career in comedy awaits i'm sure!! It was an epic day all round, the weather held out and family and friends came from around the globe to congratulate these two awesome people, I loved every minute and was stoked to be a part of it!!
Having your first exhibition is always going to be a bit of a daunting experience. Essentially you are naked in front of a lot of people who may or may not like your work!! That said I was completely overwhelmed and beyond stoked with the turn out for my first exhibition. Everyone that came along and had a look only had positive things to say and I couldn't have hoped for anything more. A really enjoyable experience.
A bit about the exhibition.
“Passing Realities“ is a body of work conceived through my research into other artists, notably Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Michael Wesely and Richard Misrach. I have taken a little bit of inspiration from each one of them and what you see now is a hybrid of sorts.
When I started out to create a series of photographs I knew I wanted to be outside, living here by the ocean in Newquay the subject matter seems an obvious choice. In fact, there are many good photographers taking photographs of the ocean every day but I wanted something a little bit different. I wanted to play with time, as Sugimoto and Cooper do. What do you see when you look at these images? Time becomes irrelevant, it has no meaning within the boundaries of these frames. Are you looking at the past or into the future?
It is fascinating to me, to look at these images now, after six weeks, knowing that every single one of these photographs
was taken from the same exact spot looking west at exactly the same view. I thought that maybe there would be a risk all of the photographs looking the same but that is the beauty of where we live. With the ever changing weather that we endure, especially during these winter months means that every day is different from one to the next. Even images I shot within ten minutes of each other look drastically different...drastically beautiful.
Richard Misrach is much acclaimed for his series entitled “Golden Gate” where he has taken three years to produce a project
that captures the bridge at all times of day and night and every season using the exact same view from his front porch. This project reflects his approach.
Once I had started I found I couldn’t and didn’t want to change my viewpoint. Over time, I became intrigued as to the results
I would get. For myself, it had to be straight down the line and nothing in between.
Like Thomas Joshua Cooper I found the need to be at an exact point. My point is 50°25’32’’ N 5°6’2’’W looking west, at 30m above sea level, in all weathers other than rain!! Rain and cameras do
not mix very well!! Any time of day or night, as long as there is moonlight, some light, then I could take photographs.
My initial idea was to record a whole lunar cycle taking photos
at the spring high and low tides and then again at the neap tides but two weeks into the project Storm Imogen rolled through. My calculated, methodical approach had been compromised so I adopted a more fluid approach and set about recording as much as I could whenever I could. These are the results.
On Monday I was given the opportunity to shoot a fashion editorial at Enys House down near Penryn. The shoot was organised by Lizzie Churchill and Phil Trengrove, absolute legends I must say. The whole day was a great insight from start to finish. The location was incredible and it was a breath of fresh air to work with so many talented people: Models, Stylists and Make-up Artists.
Stylists: Jo Chatterley - Lady c
Make-up: Jo Chatterley, Bethan Jefferies & Jazz Blundell
Models: Treve Stevens, Maisie Tooley, Olive Parker, Poppy Guy, Liam Manning & Chloe Netherton
Also thanks to Val Moon for Crowan Crafts, St Ives and Vintage from Enjoy, Truro
Another beautiful day. This was a couple who put the emphasis on everybody else enjoying their big day as much as themselves. A small, intimate affair with the ceremony taking place at Helston Registry Office before moving to the Ferryboat Inn on the Helford River for the reception. Again the sun was shining brightly and for the end of September you really couldn't hope or ask for much more. A truly lovely couple...congratulations!!
Shooting one of your best friends weddings really doesn't get any better than this. Everything about this day was awesome from start to finish. The weather was brilliant, Crantock church was a lovely location to get married and the Boat House in Newquay did us proud for the reception. Needless to say, Bern looked like a princess, all the boys scrubbed up good and I'm still on a comedown from the excitement of it all!!!!
I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to photograph a cookery demonstration. My brother is a Sous Chef at the Carnmarth Hotel here in Newquay and along with the Head Chef they created a dish not only packed with flavour but also sustainable to the environment. If anyone gets the chance I'd highly recommend a meal there.
When it comes to Wedding Photography you have to start somewhere so when I got the call to second shoot for a friend of mine I leaped at the chance. The day couldn't have gone any better. The weather was great and both the church and reception venues were stunning. Raymond & Juliette were also an awesome couple and I'm really happy I was able to document their day.
I was set a brief to photograph the exterior and interior of the hotel as well as a selection of their menu. This all took place over two days and the resulting imagery was to be used for the hotels newly updated website. As an aside, I also shot the Errant Surf School and Dive Newquay as both of these local businesses run out of the Trebarwith Hotel.
The new website can be found here www.trebarwith-hotel.co.uk/
If there's one thing that i love about shooting film it's always the anticipation of what you are going to get back...did I expose it properly?, did I actually have it in focus? Have I developed it right? If all these parameters come together then you end up with something way better than any digital photo. Here's a few portraits of a friends of mine shot with a Medium Format Bronica ETRS, on HP5 120 Black & White film, and an awesome beard!!