Garrison Tailors

A couple months ago i had the pleasure of photographing Garrison Tailors new collection. 


We shot over two days in two different locations fitting Garrison Tailors and their Peaky Blinders look perfectly.


Garrison Tailors is a luxury menswear brand made in Britain

Behind the Scenes

Pre Wed Shoot Alex & Lewis

Last week i photographed Alex & Lewis' pre wedding shoot. We shot in a beautiful woodland location in Devon and surprise surprise, it rained!! Luckily we were sheltered by the trees so we weren't interrupted or dripped on.

I really enjoy this part of working with my bridal clients as i get to know them more, understand how they are with a camera and they get to know me too and can relax and trust in me for their wedding day.

The Value of a Professional Photographer, or: ‘Can I Have All the Unedited Photos?’

I get asked this question quite often and i always have to give the short version, which is This blog is the perfect answer and explanation to the questions and statements 'Can i have some more, you don't need to edit them, i wont show anyone, i'll credit you.'
I don't want to be handing out my images that aren't complete - that isn't my work. And you deserve the images delivered to you at the best quality.

Below you will learn the reasons why us photographer's say no to giving out unedited photos.


Every photographer has gotten the question after a successful shoot: “The photos look great, but can I get the rest of them just in case I need them later? You don’t need to edit them or anything.”

If you’re here for the short answer, the answer is no, but it’s important to me for people to understand why. Throughout this post, you will see side by side photos comparing a completely unedited photo, next to the final edited shot. Using advanced psychology trickery, by the end of the article, you will realize that you don’t even want my unedited photos.


I don’t say no to this request because I’m greedy or want to say no just because I can. It’s not because I’m lazy and don’t feel like dealing with it. But rest assured, I’m not withholding that one killer photo.

“But what’s the harm?”

This is my attempt at a succinct explanation of why it’s not that simple.

These photos are supposed to be edited. No, really.

You may be familiar with the terms RAW and JPEG, they are image file types. The most copy editing I did on this post was to make this section much shorter and less technical about the properties and benefits of RAW images, but that’s for another day.

The basics of it are that JPEGs are what you upload to Facebook, Instagram, or get printed. RAW files (this is what comes right out of my camera) contain much more information, including a significantly larger amount of color and texture details in the shadow and highlight areas, and software like Photoshop, Lightroom, or iPhoto is required to even be able to open them. If I sent them to you as they came out of the camera, you couldn’t do anything with them without running them through special software.


Every professional photographer shoots RAW photos because having all that information is better than having less (like in a JPEG). The catch: RAW photos that come out of the camera generally look sub-par. They’re flat with bad contrast with dull colors. Until the photo is edited, the image is not finished, and that’s by design.

A RAW photo is a carpenter having a wood shop full of tools and materials to build a table, and the ability to create whatever he wants. A JPEG is buying a table at the store, you either like it as is, or you don’t, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

My editing is part of my process, my product, and my style. It’s part of why you hired me.

The way that I edit is a crucial component of my photography. My style and skill as a photographer encompass other things like framing, timing, and a whole host of other skills, but the photo is not the finished product that I’m proud to put my name on until I’m done the editing. If you’re baking Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t pull the turkey out half way through cooking and serve it!

The edited images shown here are what I want to represent me. That’s the kind of work that’s on my website, and it’s the caliber that I want people to expect. Below are several more examples of a side-by-side comparison of a totally untouched RAW photo and my completed edits.

I’ve been culling photos since I bought my first camera, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it!

These photos you never see are the outtakes, the blurry shots, the duplicates (my god, so many duplicates). For any given photo you do see, there may be dozens or hundreds that are slight variations on it that are all a little bit less good. Eyes closed, hair in face, maybe a dog ran in front of the camera (that actually has happened a lot). I’ve spent my time combing through all of them, doing side-by-side comparisons until I landed on the best ones.

I will never have two different photos that are both great and only give you one of them. The selection process is to whittle down the excess, exposing the heart of the shoot so I can give you what you need: quality, professional photos.

At the end of the day, you need professional-quality images, and my assignment is to provide them. “Professional-quality” meaning, photos that perfectly fit the mood of the shoot, and this often includes photos that seem like “outtakes”—laughing between poses, casually relaxing, making a goofy face. Professional-quality doesn’t mean no character or no fun.

Do you really want to look through 5,000 of these?

Do you really want to look through 5,000 of these?

How are you to trust that I chose the best photos and didn’t skip the better ones? Chalk it up to the thousands of hours I’ve spent looking at photos and paying attention to what makes them good or not. My ability to choose the best images for the assignment is one aspect of what I’m being hired for. Delivering 10,000 mediocre photos is not respectful of the recipient’s time, because they shouldn’t have to do my sorting work for me.

Not to say some jobs don’t require client input, of course—I simply mean that once the selects are made and everything is approved, asking for the rest of them just for good measure is unnecessary.

There has already been an agreement.

There’s always an agreed upon plan of action before going into a shoot, and part of that plan is what the expectations are in terms of number of photos that are needed (sometimes a specific amount, sometimes a range, depending on the project). This is the responsibility of a photographer to be clear about. The fact is, the photographer’s price has taken into account the final number of photos being delivered, both from a usage/licensing and a time-spent-editing standpoint. Because all the photos can’t be easily or quickly delivered, this means more time for the photographer beyond what you both had established was going to be happening.

Of course, things happen, and sometimes more photos are needed for one reason or another. Be aware that there may be additional charges for processing more images, but the simplest thing to do is just to always stay in communication throughout the process and things will pan out.

So where does this leave us?

My hope is that I have either reached some non-photographers who never thought about it this way, and will know for the future. This topic is hard! Nobody wants to disappoint somebody else, especially when they’re being paid.

And communicate! Problems surrounding this question generally can be very easily dealt with by communicating expectations before the shoot, during the stage where all the other details are being worked out. 
But my hope here is that if you’re reading this, and are someone who will hire a photographer in the future—hey, maybe even me!—that you will have a deeper understanding of the photographer’s point of view. And I hope you know that we aren’t saying no because we’re jerks.

Find a photographer whose work you like, who you trust, and trust their process.

Ocean Bridal

Published with Pasties & Petticoats

An ocean themed bridal editorial shot on the beautiful Cornish coast at Lusty Glaze Beach.  The shoot was shot over several locations at Lusty Glaze, covering their beach and venue.

All Devon & Cornwall based vendors came together to create this bridal editorial. Living near the coast and seeing these wonderful locations, I chose to shoot a bridal editorial bringing these coastal elements together. With this shoot I wanted to show future brides and grooms the beautiful Cornish coast and how they can incorporate this into their wedding.

With bespoke headpieces from Claire Austin to accessorise with Ailsa Munro's bespoke wedding dresses and perfected with Clare Kilgour's bouquets. These beautiful designs were modeled by 25 Model Management's Frey Nielsen with a fresh bridal look created by Tamara of Coco Milk Make up artistry and hair by Layla Smith.

The cake was beautifully made and sculptured by Jen of Edible Essence with accompany themed stationary by Anon Design.

Accessories: Claire Austin -  Insta: @claireaustinengland

Cake: Edible Essence Cake Co. - Insta: @edibleessence

Florist: Clare Kilgour – Insta: @clare_elizabeth_kilgour

Hair Stylist: Layla Smith – Insta: @curioushairuk

Location: Lusty Glaze Beach - Insta: @lustyglazebeach

Make Up Artist: Coco Milk Make Up Artistry - Insta: @cocomilkmakeupartistry

Models: 25 Model Management - Insta: @25modelmgmt

Photographer: Emma Barrow – Insta: @barrow_emma 

Photographer’s Assistant: Marie Lepage

Wardrobe: Ailsa Munro - Insta: @ailsamunrodressmaker

Stationary: Anon Design - Insta: @anon_design

Here you can see a before and after, i just had to show this because it was freezing whilst we were shooting and poor Frey (model) was so cold her hands had gone purple - as we were on a tight schedule we let Frey warm up and Claire stepped in for me (by team vote of best hands) to let me photograph her head pieces on her hands! Thank you Claire!

Botanical Bridal

'Botanical Garden’ was the theme for this shoot. I wanted to create an elegant and classic twist to a woodland themed wedding. Green and white were the key colours alongside hints of oak wood. An orangery venue with large grounds and gardens was a perfect fit for this concept.

Published in the May / June 2017 issue of Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding Magazine 

Not quite the spring day we wanted (typical!) it was a rainy, miserable day but with this stunning venue and team we were still able to create beautiful spring wedding images.

The Team

Accessories: Claire Austin -

Cake: Edible Essence Cake Co. -

Florist: Bloom & Flourish -

Hair Stylist: Tracie Gunningham -

Location: Deer Park Country House & Hotel -

Make Up Artist: Rebecca Searle -

Models: James B & Anna H - Gingernsnap Model Agency -

Photographer: Emma Barrow –

Photographer’s Assistant: Abbie Cooper

Stationary: The Wedding Hub -

Videographer: Daniel Gindrod -

Wardrobe: Te Amo - // The Wedding Company –

Tangerine Dreams

All the way back in February I collaborated with a new team of creatives to bring this Spring shoot together. Currently undergoing refurbishment, i thought i may as well use the space so i shot this at my partners new house. It was a little dusty and cold...but those sash windows!!

So while half the team were suffering from the sniffles in the one, cluttered room we could use - we did actually do quite well!

Now published in the latest issue of AFI Magazine

FLOWERS: Flowers by Amanda

FLOWER CROWNS: Bird Nest Boutique UK

HAIR: Bridgette Caple Hair and Make up Weddings Devon Cornwall

MAKE UP: Joanne Bates

MODEL: Elisha G – Gingersnaps Model



I want to explain and give advice to my brides and grooms regarding certain events throughout a wedding day. And why it is crucial that as much information as possible is shared with me!

Surprise! We broke out into a dance/song/important moment, which the photographer had no idea about.


The photographer (me) to run around flailing my arms whilst trying to locate the correct lens for the situation, thus missing important surprise or capturing things like arms & feet because they had a 70-200mm lens on (aka paparazzi lens!) 


LET ME KNOW! I won't tell i promise! The time to tell me is BEFORE the wedding day, when we finalise our details this is when you should mention it to me.

This couple pre-warned me about using sparklers at the end of the wedding. This gave me good time to get my lens selection out and camera ready! Especially as sparklers only burn for a very short time!

Knowing this ahead gave me the time to test out the lighting and set up my equipment accordingly.

A surprise VW Camper van to escort the bride and her bridesmaids to her wedding venue. One of the bridesmaids got in touch with me before the wedding to inform me of this surprise. I placed this into my schedule and arrived early to capture these moments. The bride was so excited! think she may not have had any photos to look back on!

(images below)
I knew that the groom had a gift for the bride and so i made sure i was around for when she opened it. This sparked such an emotional moment and one the bride shared with her mother. This also allowed her husband to see her reaction to his gift in my photos!

Sherbert Lights

Im excited to share with you my new editorial published with Promo Magazine

I've had this concept for well over a year and there was never the right time to shoot it until now. My team and myself shot this story back In February with not so great weather conditions...but you can't tell right?

Photo Credit: Emma Barrow

Photo Credit: Emma Barrow

The weather (as usual) wasn't on our side so we were in and out dodging the rain, hurricane wind and the team trying to keep the model warm! But we had fun and you can see Amy giving it a whirl on the roller skates!
(I had to resist the donuts!)

Behind The Scenes Photo Credit: Isabelle Luscombe

Hair Stylist: Layla Rebecca Smith
Make Up Artist: Rebecca Searle
Model: Amy Coles
Photographer: Emma Barrow
Stylist: Jo Chatterly
Photographer's Assistant : Isabelle Luscombe

Choosing your Wedding Venue

When it comes to booking your wedding venue most couples make their decision based on its sentimental value or on its appeal - it could really just be the perfect wedding venue and they don't want to get married anywhere else! But it's not that simple.

There are many things to consider when choosing your wedding venue and i hope the following doesn't scare you too much!

Accessibility, backdrop, space, permission.

With photographer's (and me especially) I need to know everything about the venue. It's crucial to know which areas of the venue is accessible to photograph and not just to enter, but to be able to physically move in that space! In the past i've attended weddings, events, shoots where it wasn't made quite clear on the space of the venue i was shooting in. Even if i have scouted the venue, things can always change!

The main spots to look out for at your venue is the ceremony room, where the speeches are held and the location for the formal photos.

Ceremony Room
This is where the marriage actually happens! So you want to make sure those beautiful memories are captured! Most registrars are extremely kind and generous to photographers. They allow the photographer their time to capture what they need and a discussion of where everyone will be placed happens before the ceremony. This way everyone knows who is where and images can be captured without interruption & failure!

I was able to shoot so many angles from this ceremony location! Perfect.

This is an example of a smaller ceremony room. The registrar was happy with me being down the front - then i was able to move to the back of the room for another angle at the end of the ceremony.

So both work - but you have to bare in mind where it's possible for the photographer to stand during these times.

Formal Photos
Most of the time i will have run through where these images will be taken with the couple. They will have chosen their perfect backdrop for these crucial photos. BUT i always have a plan A and B. If outside then this is totally weather dependant. You may want your photographs taken infront of the most beautiful backdrop but if the sun is out (yay for everyone, not the photographer) then the light will be too strong UNLESS there is shade. If it rains, then Plan B is go and we move inside to where we decided would be best (with space) to take these photos. 

Below you can see Plan A, the couple really wanted some family photos there so we shot those and because of the rain we had to shoot the rest of the guests inside which luckily had a pretty backdrop!

                             Plan A

                             Plan A

                             Plan B

                             Plan B

A beautiful, hot day with the sun at its highest point beaming down...yes creating shadows and wincing faces!! I quickly took to my Plan B to find some shade!! Here we still had the use of a pretty backdrop, everything lit, no blinking and everyone still enjoying the sun!

A beautiful, hot day with the sun at its highest point beaming down...yes creating shadows and wincing faces!! I quickly took to my Plan B to find some shade!! Here we still had the use of a pretty backdrop, everything lit, no blinking and everyone still enjoying the sun!

Anther extremely hot summers day, sun at its highest point blinding all the guests. - I took to plan B...No shade to be seen anywhere, oh dear. So I had them face away from the sun creating even light across everyone avoiding shadows and sun spots on their faces. And with a pretty backdrop!

Anther extremely hot summers day, sun at its highest point blinding all the guests. - I took to plan B...No shade to be seen anywhere, oh dear. So I had them face away from the sun creating even light across everyone avoiding shadows and sun spots on their faces. And with a pretty backdrop!

This is usually before or after the sit down meal. Normally the bridal party are on a long table with dozens of tables surrounding them. This is great in a large venue, i can stand at the back out the way and move around freely and shoot from various angles.

Sometimes there is a projector for the best man's speech, a videographer with a 3 camera set up and to make things worse large & low centre pieces...this is a nightmare especially in a smaller room. I'll be forever dodging these elements in a very small space. I'll manage it! But it could also limit your images. 

Small room but still accessible, just from less various angles.

Small room but still accessible, just from less various angles.

It can really help when speakers move out of the bridal table, it gives me more access and also the guests at the back can see and hear better!

It can really help when speakers move out of the bridal table, it gives me more access and also the guests at the back can see and hear better!

These are just a couple things to think about from a photographer's point of view. Be it a teeny tiny room or one you can get lost in. You make both work if you think about these elements.

After all your wedding photos will forever be a reminder of your wonderful wedding day, so take a few steps back and see what your venue can give to you.

Spring Bridal Editorial

Back in October 2016 i was driving past a bridal store and something caught my eye instantly. It was Charlotte Balbier's beautiful dresses. I had to photograph them.

A concept was made and myself and my team shot some of Charlotte's dresses on the coast of Plymouth. 5 months later and the editorial was published with Devon's issue of WED Magazine.

Model: Roksana Skrabka
Dresses: The Wedding Company, Plympton // Charlotte Balbier
Flowers: Flourish
Accessories: Clare Kilgour
Hair: Tracie Gunningham @ Envy - Hair Salon
Make Up: Rebecca Searle Make Up Artist

Pre Wedding Shoot

Pre wedding shoots with me is a perfect opportunity to shake off those nerves of being in front of the camera. Many, MANY of my clients tell me that they dislike having their photo taken or 'only photograph my left side' and 'oh he can't smile..' The one where Chandler can't smile - comes to mind. (For you FRIENDS fans) No worries, i understand! Im exactly the same when I'm in front of one, i can just about handle a selfie! But behind the camera, i can direct you and build you with confidence all ready for your wedding day. But not only do you learn a few tips, you leave with a brand new collection of images of you both! You get to see how amazing you both look together and start to feel excited for those wedding photographs. 

These images can be used personally, as gifts, printed for your grandma's kitchen wall... or even used in many ways for your wedding! So many perks to this shoot, honestly.

So my advice to you before hand is don't panic and don't feel like its a burden and something you want over instantly. Enjoy it! Dress up, have your hair and make up done - put on your best wardrobe and show your couple-ness off!

As an editorial photographer i shoot several different looks around one location and this is why i encourage a few different wardrobe changes so to create that varied collection of photographs. We will shoot in your desired location creating images under basic, yet creative direction. 

How often do you get the chance to have editorial photographs taken of you?! 

Model Workshop

This creative model workshop was a pleasure to photograph. It was Izzy's first time in front of the camera and especially on this scale!

My team and I came together to create a look to suit Izzy for her age and style working through several different looks to create a varied portfolio. 
With this being Izzy's first shoot to start her portfolio, she started pretty big! She had to work with hair, make up and a stylist then bring that all together in front of my camera.

With a first shoot I can see immediately how the model is going to work. What their go to natural poses and habits are like. I work with this and tweak them to improve on posture and awareness. Throughout the shoot the model will learn where I'm correcting them and will start to put this into practise. 

If you are looking at starting a modelling career, have an interest in modelling or just want some lovely photos!! - Look through the different options of workshops to see which suits you best and get in touch! 
(Below is the option Izzy chose)

I would love to help you start your portfolio, update your work or just simply create some beautiful portraits for yourself.

Behind the scenes credit Eleanor Stobbart Photography & Emma Barrow Photography

Classic Black & White

Recently i got my hands on some location lighting kit - At Last!! So I put a little shoot together between myself, Lucy and Miriam to create these classic beauty shots.

Hairstylist: Hair by Mims
Model: Lucy
Photographer: Emma Barrow


In Vicious Love

Last month we shot for MINT Magazine and created this beautiful shoot in the studio with Lili. 


Photographed & Styled by Emma Barrow

Hair Stylist: Sarah Chapman @ Envy Hair

Make Up Artist: Rebecca Searle

Model: Lili Webster

Photographer: Emma Barrow

Photographer’s Assistant: Isabelle Luscombe







Lighting is always a factor, always! Photography is the "drawing of light" after all. Here are a few key points to remember if you can't afford movie-style light set ups...

Small & dim light sources (especially fairy lights etc) are not particularly strong, and especially in darkness/at night when there are no other light sources available. Dark rooms = dark shots. 

To combat the darkness (as most photographers will assume you do not want a set of black photos) the photographer will have to use a low aperture, such as 1.4. This will make your pictures very creamy, blurry, with only one or maybe two people in focus given that they are "on the same level". Do not expect everyone in the room, or even on a table, to be sharp. Personally, I like using a low aperture! 
Another method of brightening a photo is using a high ISO. This will make the pictures grainy. Again, some people don't mind/kind of like grain on photos. To combat this in situations, flash can be used.

If you don't want flashed-out pictures but want to keep the cute, fairy light esque light set up, you can either grow to like creamy, grainy pictures, or ask for lights to be turned up at key points (e.g speeches, first dance). Alternatively, you can always rent some continuous lighting and aim it at the top table etc. 

The entire marquee was decorated with fairy lights, enough light was provided because of the white backdrop all around which gave the light chance to bounce back.

With this wedding, they had fairy lights that supplied even less light than the one above - but because the venue room had a large window at the front and down the sides, enough light was reflected back on to the couple and guests.

This venue was particularly dark so for this part of the wedding i asked for lights to be turned up just for the first dance. 

These kinds of venues are just heaven to me - large windows = so much light!! 

But if your venue isn't like this than alterations can be made!! Extra lighting, lights being turned up etc. You can always make it work for you.

Just something to think about when searching for your perfect venue!

Black Diamond

New editorial release!

Back in November myself and my team came together to shoot this concept for Obscurae Magazine.

The concept was themed for new year - sparkle, glitter & glamour.

Team Credits

Photographer: Emma Barrow 

Hair: Tracie Gunningham - Envy Hair 

Make Up: Lauren Crossley - Envy Hair

Model: Eve Mcloughin

Stylist: Emma Barrow

Wardrobe: You Chic Boutique

Photographer’s Assistants: Abbie Evans & Bryana Ferris

BTS Photo : Bryana Ferris Photography

Preparing Your Photo Wish List

When it comes to preparing your photo wish list there are a few things you need to consider. 

FIRSTLY this wedding will only happen ONCE - So make sure you prioritise who appears in your photos. You don't want to have regrets after your wedding if you missed out the all important uncle bob and his 3 children! 

What you need to do is make a list of who you want formal photographs taken of starting with the Bride & Groom and working down each of their family and extended families etc.

All of your guests are important of course and all of them can be photographed throughout your wedding day. But we mustn't forget Great Grandpa Joe and if he wasn't included in the formal photograph segment of the day and he's been asleep since the speeches...well you may not end up with a beautiful portrait of you both. Boo...

OH NO! The bride was late, ceremony over ran and its getting close to the sit down meal and the chef is flapping because the food is almost ready... etc If for any reason things have over run and time is cut short in the schedule - I have a back up go to list. This is a priority list that assures the immediate family get photographed. The photo wish list can be picked up again later in the day to cover everyone else. Easy.

I guide all my brides and grooms through this process and assure them that everyone in their photo wish list WILL be photographed.



I am fortunate to have chosen a career that allows me to travel to the most beautiful and exciting locations. So far I have travelled up and down the UK, Italy and Mexico ... yes MEXICO! No place is too far for me to work. If you are looking at a wedding outside of the UK then i am STILL here to help you. If my style suits you, then bring me along too.

I'm a pocket size photographer & travel light-ish!

Happy New Year!

2016 into 2017



It's been another incredible year for me personally and for my business. I've met and worked with so many wonderful people, teams and clients. I want to thank you all for your support within me and your creativity!

2016 has taught me to keep on working, creating and believing in what you are doing is the right thing!

Im pretty excited for what 2017 holds - it will be a big year for me as i go into 10 years with my business. I gave myself some goals for this year and i am sure i will reach them. 



It's been wonderful to see my Wedding work take a turn in a new direction. I've been lucky to work with amazing brides and grooms in some equally amazing locations. And i am so excited to photograph my brides and grooms for 2017!


My editorial work continues and this year I met and worked with some new creatives and they've bought a fresh look to my portfolio.


2017 will see more editorial work and I'm so excited to share my new work with you soon!


My First Magazine Cover


I am so happy to announce my first magazine cover and to top it off it was my favourite shoot of 2016. It was published as the cover of the new Devon & Cornwall Issue of County Wedding Magazines

Bovey Castle is such a beautiful venue and location to shoot at. It was a long day of shooting in various locations across the venue and I had a fantastic team of vendors to work along side to create this wonderful shoot. 

Location: Bovey Castle 
Photographer: Emma Barrow Photography
Hair/Makeup: Tracie Gunningham Envy - Hair Salon
Models: Amy Coles & Adam Phillips - International Model
Stylist: Natalie Watts Personal Stylist
Florist/Decor: Flourish
Stationary: Anon Design
Cake: Cut Me Off A Slice. (Cupcakes and Cakes).
Dress/Suit: The Wedding Company, Plympton / The Grooms Room 

In the same issue i also had one of my wedding's from 2016 featured. 

Band/DJ: The Swing Kings
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amica Bridal Boutique 
Bouquet: Flowers by Amanda
Cake: Love To Make Cakes
Dress: Amica Bridal Boutique 
Florist/Venue Décor: Flowers by Amanda
Hair Stylist: Samantha Simpson
Make Up Artist: Erin Horrell
Groom/Groomsmen - Suits: The Wedding Company, Plympton 
Videographer: Focused Memory Productions 
Wedding Car: Harewood Cars 
Venue: St Maurice Church & St Elizabeth's House 
Wedding Planner: Elena & Sarah (St Elizabeths House)
Choreographer: The Dance Shed

© 2017 Emma Barrow Photography