Autumn Styled Bridal EditoriaR

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A couple months back I bought this fantastic and talented team together to produce this autumnal, luxe, woodland bridal shoot. It was created with the concept of an intimate outdoor wedding offering several options for set up of cake, ceremony and other aspects of decor to use a venue to it's fullest. 

You can also see the editorial published with Ruffled Blog

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Behind the scenes photos captured by Liam Ring.

Creative Team

Cake: Queen Bee Cakes
Fabrics: West Country Wedding Planner
Florist: Holly Bee Flowers
Furniture and Props: Virginias Vintage Hire
Hair Stylist: Brigitte Fisher
Location: Ever After
Make Up Artist: Emma Roberts
Model: Alex Reeve
Photographer / Creative Director: Emma Barrow
Stationery: Knots & Kisses 
Silk Ribbon: Kate Cullen  
Venue Stylist: Knots & Kisses
Wardrobe: The Wedding Company, Plympton – (Watters – Anastasia & Pippin)
Photographer’s Assistant: Liam Ring

 

Tanya & Matt

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I starting with photographing the bride's details using the beautiful stair case in the hotel before heading back to the bride and her girls to photograph their prep.

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The morning was welcomed by the bride and bridesmaids, in their matching bridal robes, who were helping each other with their hair and makeup. Gifts were given and toasts were made to the bride to be.

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Before the ceremony, i met with the groom and his best man to capture their preparations. I then waited for the bride to come down from her room, down the long staircase with her father and bridesmaids, to await her entrance into the ceremony. 

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A pianist played as the bride walked into the ceremony and down the aisle to her groom. They took their vows infront of their closest friends and family with their little girl watching alongside. 

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Following the ceremony was the confetti throw which i had all the guests stood spiralling down the stairs throwing their confetti onto the newlyweds down below.

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After the reception and bridal photos, the guests were welcomed into the main room for their three course sit down meal.

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Amusing speeches and cake cut took place thereafter followed by the first dance and a little twist of a Silent Disco for the guests to enjoy!

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Wedding Team

Ceremony flowers – Hunny B Florist

Cake - Celebrations cakes by Kelly

Evening DJ - Silent Disco Mania

Groom & ushers suits- Moss Bros

Bride dress - Prudence Gowns Sincerity, Saorise

Brides shoes - Roland Cartier for Dune

Hair stylist - Cassie Lewis

Make up artist - Emmie Green  

Pianist – Lee Barry

Photographer - Emma Barrow

Venue - The Duke of Cornwall

Venue decor - The Devon Wedding Company (chair covers and sashes)

 

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Laura & Wayne Pre Wed

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Recently I travelled down to Holywel Bay in Newquay to photograph this couples Pre Wed shoot.

It didn't start off well, what with the storm like torrential rain! But it soon passed and the sun opened out onto a wonderful Cornish beach with Poldark like coastal line and sweeping dunes across the hills.

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We shot in the early evening as the sun was going down across the beach. It was a wonderful location find and somewhere i recommend for a Cornish visit! 

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Emma & Jason Pre Wed

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This pre wed session took place on Dartmoor in Devon where there are an unlimited number of beautiful places to photograph.

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The land rover was one of the props the couple brought along with them which fit perfectly with this setting.

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Their dogs; Max & Ralph were included in some shots and they are some of my favourites from the session because they bring another element to it. And come on...they are cute!

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Forget

My latest Fashion Editorial has been published with Sheeba Magazine

This was a very windy day but in the end i think it worked well for this shoot. We shot this on Dartmoor and therefor is prone to drastic weather when the rest of the area was enjoying sunshine!
The rain and winds picked up so we were in and out of the cars whilst prepping the model. A few hours later after patiently waiting on and off - we managed to finish the shoot.

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Team Credits

Hair Stylist: Layla Smith – Instagram: curioushairuk

Make Up Artist: Molly Russell MUA

Model: Annabelle Lee Leonard

Photographer: Emma Barrow

Stylist:  Natalie Watts

The Cow Shed Bridal Editorial

Earlier in the summer i photographed a Bridal Editorial with a wonderful team at the Wedding venue The Cow Shed 

The shoot was published with Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding Magazine with Front Cover & inside story.

http://www.yourdevoncornwall.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm

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Creative Team

Accessories: The Lucky Sixpence 

Cake: Edible Essence Cake Co.

Florist: Milli Fleur

Hair Stylist: Brigette Fisher

Location: The Cow Shed

Make Up Artist: Emma Roberts

Models: Neil & Suzanne

Photographer: Emma Barrow

Photographer’s Assistant: Agata Kalend

Stationary: Laura Likes

Venue Stylist: Lila Bailey

Videographer: Daniel Grindrod

Wardrobe: The Wedding Company, Plympton


 

 

Lucy & Will Pre Wed

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Lucy & Will chose the beach as the setting for their Pre Wedding shoot. It was a beautiful summers day with a clean open backdrop of the Cornish coast. 

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We photographed around several locations on the beach incorporating the sea, rocks and landscapes it had to offer.

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Nuclear Heart

I came across Hannah Joce's designs and i just had to photograph them. I brought this new team together to create this editorial ' Nuclear Heart'

Published with Surreal Beauty

Team

Hair Stylist: Amy Mai Fox @ Tony & Guy Plymouth
Make Up Artist: Joanne Bates, Beauty Within
Model: Gabriella Drake
Photographer: Emma Barrow
Wardrobe Designer: Hannah Joce

Rachel & James Pre Wed

Last month i photographed this wonderful couple for their Pre Wedding shoot. They chose Watergate Bay as their location which fit in perfectly with their personalities and theme for their wedding.

It was a beautiful sunny day and we started on the cliffs overlooking the beach with wide landscapes looking out on to Newquay and the bay.
We then used the beach and the unique rock forms to create more beautiful images.

The time we spent together in this session allowed us to break the ice between us all - discovering how they are as a couple and how best they work in front of the camera.

Keeping it relaxed we played on some poses and i let them both do the rest to create that natural look.

Im super excited to photograph their wedding later this year!

Stacey & Ross

I arrived at The Alverton mid morning, welcomed by Stacey and her bridesmaids. I started as i usually do with photographing the bride and bridesmaids dresses and details, followed by documenting their prep of hair, make up and arrival of gifts. 

Stacey was surprised by her husband to be with a huge bouquet and lots of personal letters and messages which quickly became emotional and real for everyone.

Ross and his groomsmen were calm celebrating and enjoying their time together before the ceremony. 

Stacey and Ross' daughter and friend enjoyed their time playing together, getting ready and swishing around in their beautiful dresses.

Stacey's mum and dad took in their emotional first look of their daughter all dressed up, ready to get married. 

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The bridal party took their long walk down to the ceremony where i found the groom eagerly awaiting their arrival.

The ceremony took place in the great hall of the Alverton. A large church like room with amazing high ceilings and architecture.

After the ceremony everyone stepped outside for the confetti throw followed by formal photos of the guests with a beautiful backdrop of the hotel and grounds.

After the formal photos i took the couple around the grounds to photographer their bride and groom portraits. 

The couple and guests returned to the great hall where they had a sit down three course meal. After which were the speeches and cake cut.

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The couple provided a pic n mix table and games room for the guests along with a Karaoke video machine which attracted some fabulous singing!

Stacey and Ross took to the dance floor for their first dance with the father and daughter dance immediately after. 

More dancing followed into the evening with a hogs roast for their evening guests to enjoy. 


Wedding Team

DJ: Flybase

Dress: Amica Bridal Boutique

Bridal earrings: Amica Bridal Boutique

Bouquet: St Mellion Flowers

Cake: David M Cake Design

Venue décor: Chair covers - Divine Divine

Floral decor - Stacey Cann

Lighting - Flybase

Hair Stylist: Amy Millman, Elite Hair & Beauty

Make Up Artist: Kelly Barnard, Elite Hair & Beauty

Groom's suit: Zebel

Groom's shoes: Eves & Grey

Videographer: Cupcake Videos

Venue: The Alverton

Wedding Planner: Catherin Mills, The Alverton

 


View their collection here: https://emmabarrowphotography.pixieset.com/staceyandross/

Choose your photographer carefully

As a Photographer & Business owner i know first hand how much time and work goes into such a thing. However getting this across to your client is not such an easy task. Everyone has the perfect picture of their wedding day and cost's are a huge part of the planning. I found this blog that explains it perfectly when looking at budget's for your wedding photographer. Consider all the options and choose carefully!


Text credit: Nicole -  http://junebugweddings.com

First thing’s first – congrats on your engagement! Making the decision to say “yes” was an easy one, but now it’s time to make some tougher choices as you select the wedding vendors who will bring your dreams to life. Picking your wedding vendors has as much to do with trust as it does falling in love with their work, which is why hiring a professional is seriously important, especially when it comes to the person capturing your big day. It may be tempting to take an offer for a free wedding photographer, but we’re here to tell you why it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

WHAT YOUR MONEY ACTUALLY COVERS

While it’s normal to wonder why wedding photography has such a steep price tag, there are actually several factors built into the cost – all of them meant to benefit you! Perhaps the more obvious reasons a photographer charges what they do has to do with the value of their knowledge and skill, as well as the cost of their equipment and programs that help them capture your day in the first place. However, the cost of services also includes things like insurance for their gear and even liability insurance should something happen to them or you during the shoot.

Booking a free photographer can leave you vulnerable if something were to happen, whether that be the photographer’s gear getting stolen or broken before your wedding or, goodness forbid, something happening to the photographer themselves. Being a professional is more than just talent and experience – it’s being prepared and accountable for any number of situations.

THERE ARE NO DO-OVERS

When it comes to your wedding, it only happens once! There’s no re-doing a first look, first kiss, or first dance. If your photographer doesn’t have experience capturing weddings, specifically, they’re more likely to become flustered by the quick timeline and crowd of people, be unaware of where they need to stand to get the shot, or forget completely about getting an image you definitely want from your day.

Your mum’s friend with a nice camera or your college roommate who photographs beautiful landscapes as a hobby simply aren’t experienced in the unique and fast-paced world of capturing a wedding. It’s awesome for this person to want to gain that experience, but being the sole person in charge of documenting some of the most special moments of your life may not be the time or place.

PAYMENT SEALS THE DEAL

Anytime money changes hands, the situation becomes more serious. Seeing as this is your wedding day, each service hired should be taken seriously! With no money involved, your free photographer isn’t necessarily held to a standard, whether that be a certain level of work or even that you receive your images (and in a timely manner!). With a professional photographer, you are making a payment for an exchange of services, and the photographer is contractually obligated to perform and deliver!

In order for someone to hold up their end of the deal, there has to be a deal made! Otherwise, who says your free photographer has to deliver your images, whether that’s in the next six weeks, this year, or ever. Your payment goes beyond setting expectations and adds another sense of legitimacy to the equation that, again, protects you!

GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR

You’ve heard the phrase before – “you get what you pay for.” When you think about your wedding day, your focus may initially be on where it takes place, who attends, and what’s for dinner. However, once the rentals have been returned and the dress has been stored, all you have to relive your wedding by are the photos. You want to cherish your wedding photos for years to come, not get a bad feeling in your stomach about every time you remember what’s missing or what could have been.

Wedding photography is a job that encompasses so many unique skills. Not only are they keenly aware of exactly what needs to happen in documenting your wedding on the big day, but they have abilities to turn what’s in the camera into art after the fact using a variety of post-production processes. A photo can be beautifully composed straight out of the camera and still require more work to create images you will be able to use and show off.

Here’s a little food for thought for you: would you trust your brother’s friend to fix your engine if he isn’t a mechanic, but has a nice tool set? What about letting your childhood friend perform minor surgery if they went to school for marketing, but they want to contribute to your healing process? Our guess is probably not. Just like with any other service, invest in a wedding photographer you trust, not only to nail every moment, but to be prepared, responsible, and professional – because it’s worth it!

 

Fern & Matthew

This was such a wonderful Elopement to photograph. Shot in the middle of Devon's heat wave we were fortunate to spend a few hours photographing on one of Devon's finest beaches.

I first met with Fern up in her room prepping hair and makeup. The blissful atmosphere looking out onto the lawn cascading towards the ocean was a perfect set up. I photographed the bride's dress, shoes and jewellery as well as the couples gifts from their friends and family.

Matthew was waiting calmly at the downstairs bar of the hotel, i took him through to one of the stylish rooms of the venue to photograph some portraits. We then took to the ceremony room where we awaited Fern's arrival.

An intimate and romantic ceremony was performed followed by some celebratory drinks.

Woolacombe Bay Hotel is beautiful so although it was a gorgeous summer's day, we made time to photograph inside the hotel before we headed out.

We spent an hour or so roaming the grounds of the hotel taking advantage of the beautiful locations.

We wondered down the beach and photographed some more using the ocean backdrop to create some intimate portraits.

A relaxed and beautiful time spent documenting this couples elopement at one of my favourite Devon venues.

Wedding Team

Dress  Enzoani 'Kassandra' The Dressing Rooms - Halesowen
Flowers TWIGS Flowers & Home
Hair Stylist Iconic Hair and Makeup
Make Up Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry
Suit Next
Venue Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Matt & Tanya Pre Wed

After postponing it once before due to torrential weather - we finally came together to photograph Tanya & Matt's pre wedding session. And our second attempt was definitely worth it with this hot summer's day.

They chose to hold their session at one of my favourite spots in Plymouth which was Pounds House. A very private, secluded and peaceful park and it felt like we had it all to ourselves.

It was a gorgeous summer's day and we spent some time roaming the park, introducing the couple to different ideas and poses ready for their wedding day.

The Crown

New work published with Solis Magazine of 'The Crown' Fashion Editorial i shot last month.

It also had a wonderful feature with Whim Magazine along with an interview from myself of my bridal work.

'The Crown' was created around Claire Austin's new head piece designs with detailed sea shells.  I chose to photograph on the coast of my home town and it was on one of the hottest day's we've had!! So it was a little on the melting side for the team!

Hair: Tracie Gunningham @ Envy Hair

Head Pieces: Claire Austin

Make Up: Molly Russell

Model: Alex Reeve

Photographer: Emma Barrow

Stylist: Jo Chatterley

Photographer's Assistant: Clarice Jones

Love & Lemons

I'd had this concept for about a year and half and it's such a relief that last month I was finally able to photograph it and see my ideas come to life.

We photographed this editorial at the hidden gem of Sharpham Vineyard. 

The concept was to always have colour and after finding this location, it was created into a spanish / vineyard themed shoot. 

Intended to be a summer shoot, the actual day was the opposite. It rained through most of the shoot with the team carrying multiple umbrellas, wearing wellie boots and traipsing through red mud! 

It's not all glamour... Thank you to my hard working team on multitasking in the rain!

Team

Hair: Layla Rebecca Smith – Instagrm: @Curioushairuk

Location: Sharpham Vineyard - www.sharpham.com

Make Up: Kasia Weblanska - www.exemakeup.com 

Model: Mia @ Gingersnap Models - www.gingersnap.co.uk 

Photographer: Emma Barrow – www.emma-barrow.com 

Stylist: Natalie Watts - www.nataliewatts.co.uk 

 

 

Alex & Lewis

I arrived at Langdon Court in the morning welcomed by Alex and her bridesmaids. They were all busy spread across the rooms preparing their make up and enjoying the early stages of the day.
I started with photographing all the special and important bridal details before attending to the girls.

Later we were welcomed with Alex's niece and nephew with her niece sporting her beautiful glittery tiara and shoes!

Alex and the girls hair were beautifully styled by Debbie Herbert with Alex, her mum and sister's make up by Emma Green.

Alex's maid of honour helped with the finishing touches before revealing the bride to the rest of the girls.

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The ceremony took place at Wemburgh Church looking out on to the coast. I said my hello's to Lewis where he was greeting the guests into the church. Wemburgh is a beautiful intimate place and it was perfect for the couple and their guests.

Alex arrived at the church shortly after her bridesmaids with emotions building all round. The bridal party along with the brides father waited excitably outside the church door ready to enter.

With Lewis eagerly waiting for her, Alex walked down the aisle to him with Lucy Anna singing.

The ceremony was intimate, emotional and humorous! After the vows, readings and signing of the registrar the couple walked out into a shower of confetti from all their guests.

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While the guests moved on to the reception at Langdon Court where they were welcomed with a set from Lucy Anna - the couple and myself spent some moments together around the church for some bride and groom photos. 

The rain started to kick in but it wasn't going to stop everyone enjoying the day. We carried on and continued to photograph more bridal images at Langdon Court around their stunning grounds. The gardens and venue were truly perfect for the couples theme. I just love the flowers by H Watts.


After the bridal photos we moved swiftly into the formal photos in the gardens of Langdon.

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The venue was beautifully decorated throughout with the couple putting their own touch to it.

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After a delicious three course meal it was time for the speeches! Full of laughter, embarrassment and memorable stories.

Evening guests were welcomed and were entertained with the instax camera and pic n mix.
Double Decks Disco provided the musical entertainment all night for the guests kicking things off with the first dance and bouquet throw!

Ending the night for me was the cake cut with the wedding cake by 'Little Lark Cake company' and the couple also had cheese cakes! I love the toppers!

Congratulations Alex & Lewis!

Wedding Team

DJ: John Cudlipp - Double decks disco

Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS

Bouquet / Florist / Decor: H Watts Florist

Cake: Little Lark Cake company

Dress: Prudence gowns

Hair Stylist: Debbie Herbert

Make Up Artist: Emmie Green

Groom/Groomsmen - Suits: Moss Bros.

Venue: Langdon Court Hotel / St Werburghs Church

Singer: Lucy Anna

Cheese Cake: Waitrose

Brooke & David

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A gorgeous summer wedding at Ugborough Church & Shilstone House for Brooke & David.

The day started with Brooke and her bridal party getting ready at home. But before i got started there was an early surprise for Brooke from her Dad - a Car. The photos speak for itself, she was pretty chuffed!

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I walked in to see six blush pink bridesmaid dresses and another dress for the little one all lined up with each bridesmaids own gift box below, tied with a balloon.

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The bride opened gifts from the groom and bridal party before watching her girls open theirs.

While the girls were getting ready - my second shooter was off at 'The Ship' pub photographing the groom, groomsmen and guests before the ceremony.

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It was finally time for Brooke to get into her Dress, with her mum there to help.


It was then on to Ugborough Church where the ceremony was taking place.

After the confetti throw the guests were transported in style by a vintage bus to the reception at Shilstone House.


The guests arrived at Shilstone House with welcome drinks, canapés and entertainment from wedding singer Steve Dott.

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My favourite part of the day was wisking the couple off around the grounds of Shilstone to photograph their couple shots.


The marquee was beautifully styled with my favourite decor being the giant pink and white hanging balls.


After the guest's three course meal, speeches were made followed by the cutting of the cake - gorgeously made by 'Love Cakes'.


The evening kicked off with the remaining guests arriving and the eagerly awaiting bouquet throw.

The first dance was with Ellie Goulding's 'How long will i love you.' And then the party started with the first set by band 'The Vibes'.

My evening with the couple ended with them surrounded by sparklers on the lawn of Shilstone.
A beautiful day all round. 

Wedding Team

Band: The Vibes

Bridal Accessories:  Sam Cox- Veil, Next: Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast

Cake: Love Cakes

Dress: Sam Cox - Essense of Australia

Florist/Venue Décor: Caroline (friend)

Hair Stylist: Naomi Baines

Make Up Artist: Lena Key

Groom/GroomsmenMoss Bros

Photographer: Emma Barrow Photography

Singer: Steve Dott

Videographer: Dove Films

Bus Hire: King Harry Coaches

Venue: Ugborough Church and Shilstone House

Emma & David

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My first wedding of the year was last month for David & Emma at Watersmeet Hotel in Woolacombe, North Devon. 

Emma & David have been together for 18 years, engaged for 12 years with 5 children!
They finally had their dream day and celebrated their relationship and family. They had a small and simple affair with their closest friends and family celebrating alongside them.

The day started with Emma getting ready at Woolacombe Bay hotel whilst David was waiting anxiously not too far away, alongside their children at Watersmeet Hotel. 

Emma arrived with her bridal party beeping her way around the coast announcing her arrival.

The ceremony took place in the hotel's ceremony room which looked out onto the North Devon Coast. Sweet words were exchanged by the couple with their children as the ring bearers adding another personal touch to the day.

The reception took place outside on the balcony and lawn. With the bride and groom greeting and catching up with their guests.

Following the reception were the formal photos and Bride & Groom photos. I took the bride and groom towards the bottom of the grounds of the hotel to give them privacy and a moment together.

The wedding breakfast took place in the restaurant of the hotel over looking the grounds and beaches. All the guests were mixed up and spread across the tables with each child of the couple as head of the table, enabling the guests to get to know each other bettter.

Wedding Team

Flowers: Sweet Williams Flowers

Hair: Changing Faces

Cake: Cakebox, Umberleigh

DJ – Inspired Party

Venue: Watersmeet Hotel

Venue: Woolacombe Bay Hotel 

Creche – Gilly, Helping Hands

Photographer – Emma Barrow


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Wilderness Wonder

Owner Ben & Chloe

Owner Ben & Chloe

 

 

My new fashion editorial has been published with Salyse Magazine 

Shot a couple months ago, i created this concept with my team to photograph model Chloe Jasmine.

Dartmoor Zoo were incredibly courteous and allowed us to photograph in amazing spaces around the zoo. This was a perfect location to photograph Chloe putting together her personality with elegance and sophistication. 

 

TEAM /CREDITS

Hair Stylist: Liam Dawson - www.facebook.com/hairbyliamdawson

Location: Dartmoor Zoo – www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk

Make Up Artist: Joanne Bates – www.facebook.com/beautywithinwoolwell

Model: Chloe Jasmine Whichello - www.facebook.com/chloejasminemodel/

Photographer: Emma Barrow – www.emma-barrow.com

Stylist:  Natalie Watts - www.nataliewatts.co.uk

Lead the Way

My new fashion editorial is now out and published with The Alchemist Magazine.

When they say 'Don't work with children & animals' they had some sense! What with being allergic and having a fear of dogs, this was definitely out of my comfort zone!!

So i decided to work with a Great Dane...you can't get much bigger than that for a dog so i was really pushing my limits. Eventually i did get used to Lex and we got on quite well (from a distance!)

It's not all glamorous! Here's some behind the scenes from the shoot with Lex (not so much behaving for the camera!)

Team:

Hair and Make up Artist - Laura Elisabeth Avery 

Model - Roxy Skrabka 

Photographer - Emma Barrow Photography

Photographer’s Assistant - Clarice Jones

Styslit - Natalie Watts 

Dog - Lex / Owner - Karolina Kozlowska 

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