Creative Headshot Photography at Virginias Vintage Hire
When Ginny asked me to produce some creative headshot photography and banner images for the new VVH website earlier in the year, I was absolutely delighted.
I love photographing editorials and wedding business branding. It’s a slower pace and not quite as euphoric as a wedding day! But it’s awesome to meet new people. And it’s especially lovely to meet the people behind a small creative business you’ve only met on the web or in emails.
I had already loved photographing Virginias Vintage Hire furniture last year for this collaboration with Sassi Holford. So it was really lovely to meet the faces and personalities behind this successful Devon business.
Ginny & Greg started Virginias Vintage Hire through a love of simple, effortless, stylish living. They have a great emotional connection to the business and their fantastic team. This connection was completely evident at the shoot and in the imagery we created.
The couple shop and source products as if they were furnishing their own event. From sofas to urns to reclaimed French shutters, they are personally involved in all the buying decisions. This ensures that each new piece continues to exude the simple, understated style that they love and identify with.
Are you a small creative business interested in exploring whether fresh creative photography is what your brand needs? If so, please get in touch! I offer bespoke options to suit a range of budgets.
The DIY fine art wedding bouquet
Are you a modern bride in need of a fine art wedding bouquet? If so, it is certainly a wonderful idea to consider the DIY route for this special aspect of your day.
By getting along to a one-day workshop, perhaps with your mum or bridesmaids, you’ll learn how to create your own fine art wedding bouquet.
These courses offer fantastic value for money for the fine art bride. It’s one of the recommendations in my guide How to Plan Your Fine Art Wedding which I send out to all my clients when they enquire.
The real cut flower garden
It’s always such a pleasure to hang out with Charlie and her team at The Real Cut Flower Garden. Charlie’s home and garden is a true gem in the heart of rural West Dorset.
A journalist and passionate gardener for 25 years plus, Charlie traded the pen for the trowel and began The Real Cut Flower Garden in 2004. They were the first company in the UK to send out bouquets of entirely home grown flowers nationwide. Four years ago expert Charlie launched her Flower School, and every year she and her team add to the courses on offer.
Real flowers for real brides
I was lucky enough to get along to the bouquet workshop in June – perhaps the UK’s most beautiful month, flower-wise. Here are some photos from the workshop, including the bouquets which I created with Charlie’s beautiful flowers. (How stunning do they look tied up with hand-died silk ribbons from Kate Cullen?)
Of course, if you are totally not the green-fingered type, don’t panic! Charlie can supply all your wedding flowers, home-grown and cut fresh from her garden.
P.S. Don’t forget to request your personalised quote today in order to get more tips and keys to planning a fine art wedding.
I make no secret of the fact that I am almost as crazy about wild and undone British floral design as I am about film photography. Inspired by Constance Spry, pioneered a little over a decade ago and made famous by florists and growers like Sarah Winward and Floret. Now, these modest cutting gardens offering strictly seasonal arrangements are on the increase. This is really good news. Such a huge variety of flowers grow here in the UK right through from March to November. Why settle for a tight bauble of white roses on your wedding day when you can have a resplendent reflection of what’s growing in our meadows and gardens?
Holly-Bee Flowers is a flower garden and floral design studio based in Dartington, Devon. Holly specialises in growing and arranging flowers and greenery for weddings, workshops and bouquets. Working with the seasons her flowers are natural, evocative and beautiful. Holly created Holly-Bee Flowers in 2015, with a background in design and a love for colour, texture and growing flowers. Natural beauty is at the heart of what she does. She grows most of her own flowers and foliage in a quintessentially English country garden. She is a firm supporter of British flowers, and also sources from local suppliers where required.
As you can imagine I was over the moon when Holly asked me to photograph her and her wonderful garden in the heart of rural Devon late last summer. It was a very warm day and I wasn’t sure if I was working or playing. I was in my own bit of heaven on earth with Holly’s stunning roses and my film camera. As our English gardens and hedgerows burst into life for another season of beautiful blooms, here’s a brief look at Holly’s cutting garden and a few of her lush creations.
Do also head over to Holly’s own blog, where you can see more stunning British floral design and her flowers through the seasons – she’s pretty handy with her digital camera so there’s lot of lovely photos to see.
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Canon 1V and Fuji Pro 400H, developed & scanned by Exposure Film Lab.
What is fine art photography?
For me, it’s film photography. I can’t wait to explore this more on the blog here in the New Year – but before we all take some time out to celebrate with family, I just wanted to share how it’s been a wonderful year of film for me. I have loved its luxuriant colours and decadent grain, it’s breathtaking contrast and mesmerising tones. I cannot wait to shoot many many more rolls of it in 2018, and I am unashamed as I shout its praise from the rooftops!
As you would expect, my 2017 camera roll includes lots of love, light and laughter. But there’s also plenty of interiors, history, a very British dose of rain and an absolutely necessary dose of flowers. Here then are my personal favourite film highlights of 2017, which I really hope you will enjoy scrolling through… Merry Christmas!
With thanks to Carmencita Film Lab, Exposure Film Lab, UK Film Lab and Richard Photo Lab – all labs doing amazing stuff in their own different ways!
Also special thanks to Charlie at The Real Cut Flower Garden, Grace Alexander Flowers, Holly at Holly Bee Flowers, Jacalyn at Cottage Flowers, Dillington House, Midelney Manor, Brympton House, Pennard House, Sassi Holford, Lily & Louie Bespoke, Beth & Nat at Apple & Bramble Events, Alison at Bruton Silks, Victoria Fergusson Accessories, Laura Le Page Bridal Makeup and Leanne at Baking Chick.
Wild yet elegant. Extravagant yet somehow understated. I am an unashamed fan – even a bore – on the subject of the new romantic floral movement and the snapshot of nature that an arrangement in this style produces. As you can imagine I was in my element shooting my film camera in the cutting garden at stunning wedding venue Forde Abbey. I was also happy indeed to pass an hour observing the creativity flowing at this workshop, led by Grace Alexander (whose florals I adore for being all of the above), and documenting it through my lens.
Flower farmer and florist Grace was featured in Rock My Wedding’s series on Garden Gate’s Forage & Feast hosted by Nancarrow Farm. Described there as “a creative force and seasoned florist with real flair” Grace also runs her own creative flower workshops. Having also studied stateside recently at Floret, Grace is passionate about using the very best of what’s in season to create beautiful hand-ties and arrangements.
When Grace and I met for coffee to chat about the florals for my earthy and organic wedding inspiration she welcomed me to photograph her June 2017 workshop, in celebration of British Flowers Week, and I loved every minute of it! Even as she grows and harvests the flowers for her own wedding this year, she is still finding the time to bring beauty and happiness to weddings all over the South West with her home-grown blooms.
Very soon you will also be able to sow happiness in your own plot or garden, with Grace’s new artisan seed collection launching this summer. The collection features varieties not readily available through mainstream outlets and will be available soon via stockists such as Fine Art Wedding Boutique – a fabulous one-stop shop for a range of wedding suppliers totally committed to a beautiful fine art aesthetic.
I hope you enjoy these images of Grace’s workshop at Forde Abbey.
Floral Design: Bringing the beauty of nature indoors is for everyone.
Floral design which is wild and unstructured is a growing trend – for weddings, events, or just for pleasure. And I have to say I am most excited about that! I am so in love with this style of floral design that I contacted Charlie Ryrie to visit her Cut Flower Garden in West Dorset, where I heard a little of her story as one of the pioneers of this movement over a decade ago.
Naturally then I was delighted when she invited me to document her Spring 2017 workshop Floristry on the Wild Side. I captured the stunning arrangements of her pupils with both my digital and beloved film cameras. Frankly it is much harder than it looks to go wild. I also took the opportunity to photograph her amazing garden and grounds – which I will share later.
Charlie has more courses coming up this summer, do check them out here.
My images from this workshop – together with some inspiring words from Charlie – was featured by The Natural Wedding Company on their blog for stylish, eco-conscious couples.