Mollie Makes Magazine
Nice coverage for Mollie Makes of Shevie Moyles work down in Cornwall...
17 04 13
Wow, its all gone mad now! off to Cornwall for a hotel shoot tomorrow, back to Bath for a hotel shoot on tuesday, then to East Sussex for two days shoots for magazines, then back to Bristol to prepare for four days in Italy... see you on the other side...
20 03 13
Ongoing work with Chateau Impney in Worcestershire see here... and many other jobs too.. Homes and Gardens shoot last week in Devon, and some rather smart new architectural clients based in London this coming week... watch this space!
17 01 13
Well, the year's turned and I'm mooching around in the office trying to reorganise/springclean and generally do nothing! It was a good year (2012) and you can read a review here... At the moment its snowing here in Bristol, so any excuse to discuss 'not snowing' weather would be gratefully received!
15 7 12
Well its 'here we go again' time!... off to Cornwall again shooting for 25BH magazine, then straight back and up the M4 to shoot for a day with Esti Barnes of 'Top Floor Rugs' in London on wednesday. Then another shoot for Route One in the next couple of weeks, and a final shoot for the wonderful National Trust at Powis Castle Gardens ... Blimey...
Tag Archives: wales
I have had the privilege in the last year of photographing at Powis Castle in Wales. I have been taking pictures through the seasons for the National Trust guidebook, and its been a joy revisiting the garden every few weeks… the structure of the garden shines through and the lovely planting ‘dresses’ up those terraces, borders and vistas. The actual castle is an imposing building, full of history, collections of antiquities, and a supposedly good collection of ghosts! The gardeners, led by David Swanton, do a great job, and as with all the N.T gardens, its always a picture (literally!)
Been back to Powis Castle again for the National Trust, photographing the gardens in the frost we had this morning. In many ways, garden photography in winter is easier than summer… the subject is stripped bare by the season, and structure is all… There are very few details (apart from the usual close ups of hoar frost in all it’s crystalline glory) and one is looking for shape… the light is clear and clean, and when (if) the sun comes out, it lights up the starkness of those wintry scenes. Powis is a garden renowned for it’s structure… hundreds of year old Yew topiary, terraces, statues, sprinkled through a garden that cascades down form a castle straight out of Harry Potter… Its a long way, and it was seriously cold, but well worth the trip. Again!
After last weeks escapade at Coleton Fishacre in subterranean light levels, I didn’t think I’d be under the same pressure for a while, but it seems the dark clouds and heavy rain are following me around! I drove up to Mid Wales on Monday for a shoot at Plas Dinam Country House to shoot some hotel photography and arrived first thing on a stormy autumn morning. As a photographer, one hopes for atmospheric and interesting light… not full on sun, but ideally a directional and slightly filtered light… we didn’t have any sun on monday, and the light we actually got was gloomy and uninspiring. So, the challenge at Plas Dinam was to shoot as many rooms as we could, instilling some calm, peace, warmth and cosiness into a magnificent 1870′s house. The current owners, related to the famous Welsh entrepreneur David Davies who built up a vast fortune and bought the house at the turn of the century, have decided to open the house to the public, and Plas Dinam is available as a self catering country house, perfect for large parties, corporate getaways or spectacular walking holidays with groups of friends.
Photographically, we needed to ensure the rooms were sympathetically lit and ‘warmed up’ (thanks to the current Lord Davies, the fires were lit and roaring by the time I got there!), and we tried to instill some homeliness with various bit and pieces… tea cups, books etc. I also wanted to show the ‘grandness’ of some of the rooms… floor to ceiling windows, panelling and fabulous wooden floors. The snooker room (we couldn’t shoot in there as it’s in the middle of restoration) was amazing and I can just imagine spending a long friday evening in there pretending I’m any good at it! Anyway, the owners are pleased with the pictures, and I think another day next spring (with some sun??) doing lifestyle images would be great… I’d certainly enjoy it too!