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Dartington Hall Wedding

Dartington Hall Wedding

Dartington Hall Wedding. When Sigourney and Rowan asked me to be their wedding photographer I couldn’t wait as Dartington Hall is a venue I hadn’t shot a wedding at before. As a Devon wedding photographer I love to shoot at different wedding venues, for the variety and excitement of finding the best shots in new locations. With Dartington Hall’s stunning grounds as a back drop I was just spoilt for choice. I’d only met Sigourney and Rowan once before, they were flying out to go travelling around Asia for six months and wouldn’t be back in Devon until just before Christmas. The day I met them they were heading off to London to catch their flight that afternoon. So it wouldn’t be until just before the wedding that I’d have chance to catch up with them, to finalise the details. When we did catch up I found out that straight after the wedding they were off travelling again for three months. They truly have got the travelling bug and I hope they have an amazing time. As usual I’d set off in plenty of time to get there and with all the high winds it was a good decision as they had closed the Newton Abbot to Totnes road. So, back I went - the long way around this time, still with plenty of time to spare! Sigourney and Rowan are such a lovely couple, and their wedding ceremony was beautiful. Thankfully the wind did not create too many challenges for the photos and the sun was beautiful. We had a great time, with lots of laughter shooting their pictures. Here are a few of my favourite images from their day. So if you are planning a wedding at Dartington Hall contact me to discuss your wedding photography, we’ll be able to get some amazing photographs together. Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding Dartington Hall Wedding if you are planning your wedding  please contact me to discuss your wedding photography.  

Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone Hotel,

Thurlestone Hotel in the south hams of Devon, near Salcombe is an outstanding wedding venue set in a stunning coastal location with easy access to the beach. With its superb award winning food and sea view restaurant. If you’re looking to find somewhere, beautiful and unique Thurlestone hotel will make your wedding one of the most special and memorable days. They have a dedicated wedding planner to take care of all the arrangements. The beautiful gardens and stunning landscape will make an ideal back drop to your wedding photographs. We’ll spend a little time away from your guests down on the beach creating some wonderful wedding memories. If you are planning to hold your wedding or civil partnership at Thurlestone Hotel one of Devon most romantic venues, please contact Red Chilli Photography to discuss your wedding photography.

Engagement Shoot Torquay

Engagement Shoot Torquay

A beautiful engagement shoot in Torquay, It's nearly a year ago that I first met Matt and Ellen at the Newton Abbot wedding fayre where they booked me to be their wedding photographer. Matt and Ellen only get back to Devon very occasionally due to work commitments. They wanted to have an engagement shoot as part of their wedding photography package. We had lots of ideas for the engagement shoot ranging from the beach, a snowy shoot on Dartmoor (it didn't snow) or down by the river in Totnes, But if you're thinking of having an engagement shoot it has to be somewhere that means something to the both of you. A favourite place, where you met or somewhere beautiful to give it a personal meaning. we’ll have a chat, talk about you, your wedding, go for a coffee, take a few shots in the types of poses for the wedding day and get some beautiful lasting photographs.

Here is a small selection of shots from the engagement shoot, we had great fun creating these.Engagement Shoot Devon

We'll be back together in July for your wedding at The Grand Hotel in Torquay we also planned a lot of the shots for the wedding day and we've come up with some great ideas for then.

Engagement Shoot Torquay Devon

engagement shoot Devon

engagement shoot Devon

With the images you'll be able to order a signature board, thank you cards, some framed prints as thank you gifts for the mums and dads. But it’s mainly about getting you comfortable having your picture taken by me. So on your wedding day you’ll be amazing! We’ll be spending most of the day together and I want you both to be relaxed and have fun.

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If you are planning your wedding or civil partnership, please contact Red Chilli Photography to discuss your wedding photography.

Stoodleigh Court

Stoodleigh Court, Wedding Venue, Devon.

Stoodleigh Court country house near Tiverton is a fantastic manor house and backdrop for your wedding, with beautiful grounds provide an idyllic backdrop for photographs. Stoodleigh Court is an impressive Grade II listed mansion-house ,set in 25 acres of parkland. The Great Hall with its magnificent double staircase is an ideal room for your ceremony. At Stoodleigh Court they have a dedicated team to help you plan your wedding day. So if you are planning to hold your wedding or civil partnership at Stoodleigh Court, please contact Red Chilli Photography to discuss your wedding photography.  

Oldway Mansion

Oldway Mansion, Wedding Venue, Devon.

If you're looking for a wedding venue with a difference Oldway Mansion original built by the Singer "Sewing Machine" family in the style of the Palace of Versailles. Oldway Mansion is set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens, which are laid out on an Italian theme. Which will be an amazing back drop for your wedding, where we will be able to produce some stunning images that you’ll keep and treasure for a life time. So if you choose to have your photographs taken in the gardens or at the grand marble staircase with “The Crowning of Josephine by Napoleon”. Bought from the Singer Family by Torbay council Oldway Mansion is now Torbay’s Registry office.

Oldway Mansion

If you are planning to hold your wedding or civil partnership at Oldway Mansion, please contact Red Chilli Photography to discuss your wedding photography.

Lomography Fisheye 2

Do you remember why you became a Devon Wedding Photographer?

Maybe this post will explain why I became a full time photographer and why you should get into Lomography!lomography fisheye 2

First of all what the heck is Lomography. The official line is: "The Lomographic Society International is a globally active organisation dedicated to experimental and creative snapshot photography. Boasting over 1 million members across the world, the concept of Lomography encompasses an interactive, vivid, blurred and crazy way of life. By constantly expanding their selection of innovative cameras and photographic accessories, the brand promotes analog photography as a creative approach to communicate, absorb, and capture the world. Using Lomowalls (1000s of pictures mounted together) as a key communication format, Lomography creates huge community exhibitions around the world each year." 

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However I have a different view it's just people who really appreciate photography and not because they’ve got the latest and greatest Canon or Nikon DSLR’s, it’s not about flash guide numbers or about how fast your lens are... you’re not going to get perfectly exposes images, it’s going to be a bit different, it’ll be grainy, warped, your Gran probably won't like it.. it won’t even fill the prints. But who cares! it's not about that.... It’s not about an equipment arms race which many of us photographers can forget from time to time it’s about the images you produce and the fun you had making them. lomography fisheye 2 iPhones have apps that replicate what you can do with these cameras but on Film remember that! but they'll never have the organic quailty of film and the feel of these fun little cameras. Warning techy bit! The Lomography fisheye 2 cannot be adjusted it shoots at 100th Sec or bulb, multiple exposures at F8 and has a 170 degree fisheye lens. But have a look at the microsite for further spec’s if you’re interested in the techy side. http://microsites.lomography.com/fisheye/ I’ve just got the lomography Fisheye 2 camera, they do a fantastic range of cameras, films and even waterproof cases and yes I’ll be adding to my collection.

lomography fisheye 2

Here’s a quote from their website “When you are Lomographing, you're not only living your life at the present with more intensity and excitement, but you're also conserving the present for your future. All with the help of your bright, dark, moody, blurred, sharp, colourful, grey, indefinable, straightforward, romantic and fully packed Lomographs!” It’s part of the ten golden rules of lomography. Read the rest http://www.lomography.com/about/the-ten-golden-rules and perhaps it will give you an insight as to why lomography and my passion for photography is so strong. lomography fisheye 2 It’s not a job!! No way it’s in the blood it’s who we are and I think I’ve found group of like minded people. Oh and by the way yes I did get my three year old a camera for Christmas. lomography fisheye 2 If that hasn’t convinced you to become a lomographer, The Lomographic Society International hosts cultural events showcasing Lomographers' talents is the Lomokikuyu competition, which raises money for eye surgeries and vision care in Kenya, in partnership with Viennese vision aid organisation Light for the World. http://microsites.lomography.com/kikuyu/ So not only is it amazing fun you’ll be saving peoples eyesight! Now that’s something to be part of.... lomography! lomography fisheye 2 Back to the question "Why did you become a Devon wedding photographer?" It's about the smell of the film when you break the seal and the memories it evokes. It's about your beautiful wedding album opened by your Grandchildren.  That's why I'm a photographer.  

The Great Barn

The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon.

The Great Barn, in Higher Ashton is a beautiful wedding venue restored in 2004 it is one of Devon’s most unique venues, with a chic and timeless interior with 45ft high oak vaulted ceiling. Providing an amazing backdrop for your wedding photography.  Family owned and run they provide the greatest attention to detail to make your wedding a truly beautiful and unique event. As a wedding photographer in Devon finding stunning venues like this makes it so enjoyable. The Great Barn it offers so much for the perfect wedding. If you are planning to hold your wedding or civil partnership at The Great Barn, please contact Red Chilli Photography to discuss your wedding photography.