The Devonshire Arms- A styled Shoot

I am always wary of shooting styled shoots which don’t have a real purpose behind them…they take way more planning, organising and time than anyone envisages at the outset BUT when done with a real aim behind it, as this shoot back in March at the Devonshire Arms  at Bolton Abbey hopefully demonstrates, the results are worth all the effort! The idea came from the Devonshire’s marketing department…they wanted a set of images which showcased the hotel’s quintessentially English Country gardens and which they could use in literature and on line for advertising etc. So, working together with the other recommended suppliers used regularly by the hotel and with the help of Lena and Harry our models we produced this set of images; Lena was perfect for the “English Rose” feel we were looking for and if you check out the out takes at the end of the post you can see it wasn’t all work- there was lots of banter!

My “real wedding” photography style is  more documentary than this but actually crafting the shots without time pressures and with the sole aim of making beautiful imagery was a luxury I cannot always afford when I am shooting commissioned weddings for clients.

How lovely it was to spend time with this group of creative, thoughtful and funny people…..not forgetting Monty the dog.


Vanessa at Wildflowers Ilkley

Donna at Ambience Venue Styling

Anita at Anita Massarella Design

Eric Spencer Menswear Ilkley

Amy George MUA


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