I don't shoot many styled shoots, not because I don't want to, quite the opposite, I really enjoy the creative stimulation of spending time with others who have ideas and help to create some something that is bigger than one person's input. I don't shoot many because of the lack of time to fit them in with all the of life's other stuff that has to be done. These shoots are a bit of a luxury to be part of, but an essential luxury (if that makes sense!) to keep the ideas flowing and give time to experiment, collaborate and be part of something shared, all of which I think are healthy ingredients for life generally.
This shoot, as many do evolved on the day of the shoot itself to accommodate the weather, spaces and resources to hand. Pre-shoot visits has sown ideas in minds but it is not until you see what light you get on the day that you can visualise the images fully.
The venue was Woodland Valley Farm, near Ladock, a working farm and a venue that suits couples with sustainable and green principles as Chris the owner, builds these ethics into his management of the site. There are a range of spaces and woodland that can accommodate a range of guest numbers and you can hire the place for the weekend to camp over or stay in the accommodation on site. Schools sometimes use the site too for field work and residential stays. The site offers the option of festival style weddings and also has a few cider and music events through the year as well. A big thanks to Chris for letting us use his venue.
Claire and Gaby, our venue contacts helped us prepare things in advance for which we are hugely grateful. We were also lucky enough to have local wedding industry suppliers the Cornwall Cutting Garden helping us to dress a handmade Arch kindly provided by another Chris, from Artisan Arches and also to provide bouquets and stunning head pieces too. I was reminded how lucky couples getting married in Cornwall are to have such amazing craftspeople to choose from.
In addition, two such positive forces of nature, Vicki from Vicki Hoskin Hair Artistry and Laura from Dollface provided hair and make up creativity - these peeps are just incredible, they have boundless enthusiasm and I have been lucky enough to work with them on the other styled shoot I have been part of this year and at a real wedding recently too.
The shoot came together with the lovely Tracey from Bliss Bridal in Perranporth, kindly providing gorgeous dress that looked great on our fabulous models for the day - Davinia and Cassie, deserve a special mention and thanks as they braved some cold weather and still looked spectacular!
The rain forced us to retire to the big barn in the afternoon where our 'dark' images were born, Vicki and Laura came into their own, laden with props and ideas, I can't thank everyone enough.
A huge shout out to all the people and local creative business that freely gave their time, energy and resources to help us produce a set of images, which I hope you will enjoy looking through. If that is not enough, there is a short film too so make sure to have a little look-see at that. You can check out the pages of the people and businesses involved below if you are planning you own special day.
Photography - www.scottsharplesphotography.com
Dresses - www.blissbridalgowns.com
Make up - www.facebook.com/dollface1lnt
Hair - www.facebook.com/vickihoskinhairartistry
Flowers - www.thecuttinggardencompany.co.uk
Arch - www.artisanarches.co.uk
Venue - www.woodlandvalley.co.uk
Models - Davinia Grist & Cassie Ryan