Chiddingstone Castle – Photography Farm Shoot Day – Part One

Chiddingstone Castle – Photography Farm Shoot Day – Part One

Back in 2011 we began hosting styled shoot workshops with Photography Farm. The advantages for photographers are multiple and possibly the biggest is that we do all the hard work. Producing shoots can be quite challenging, just because there are so many different elements to bring together. But attending a Shoot Day means that you just rock up and shoot, it’s so much easier than organising your own.

They are also pressure free. There is no client to please so they are a great place to push your skills and experiment. We have group leaders on hand for any advice that you need on camera settings or directing models. We keep the groups small so that everyone gets what they need and the atmosphere is friendly and non competitive.

For this one at the wonderful Chiddingstone Castle, I confess that the amazing Rebecca Carpenter did all the hard work. She brought together the styling team, created the concept and styled the models. Then on the day, she also led groups along with myself and Nick at Rix Weddings. So this is the first Farm Shoot Day that I actually had time to shoot at! I loved being able to shoot and lead a group, let’s face it 2020 has been incredibly challenging and I think I’m now just very grateful for all the opportunities that I have to shoot. Have a look at some of my images from the day – the full list of wonderful suppliers who worked on this is down below and if you want details on upcoming Shoot Days, just head over to the Farm Website.

And so it is, just like you said it would be. Life goes easy on me, most of the time. And so it is, the SHORTER STORY, no love, no glory, no hero in her sky …

Venue – Chiddingstone Castle

Workshop Hosts – Photography Farm + Rebecca Carpenter

Stylist – Pink Palm Events

Hair + Make Up – Knot Your Average Bride

Videography – Rix Weddings

Floristry – My Lady Garden

Cake – Nevie Pie

Stationery – Aimee Willow Designs

Furniture – Hire Love UK

Tableware – Prezola

Dresses – Emma Beaumont Atelier + Love in Lace Bridal

Jewellery – Hermione Harbutt

Model – Abigail at BAME

Shoot Assistant – Nicky Allen

Alternatives To Wedding Dresses | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Alternatives To Wedding Dresses | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Not every bride wants to wear a big white dress, or even a dress at all. The good news is that there are some killer alternatives around. The theme for this editorial shot at The Town Hall Hotel for Rock n Roll Bride magazine was Androgyny – it’s a celebration of non traditional, alternative bridal wear.

You LIKE ME and I like it all, we like dancing and we look divine. You love bands when they’re playing hard, you want more and you want fast …

Art Direction – Kat Williams at Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Styling – Erica at Mr + Mrs Unique

Make Up – Louise Lerego

Hair – Cimone Cheveux

Flowers – Lib at Bettie Rose

Assistant – Sam Luck

Location – Town Hall Hotel, London

Mirror Mirror Editorial Shoot | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Mirror Mirror Editorial Shoot | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

It is a ridiculous amount of fun doing these shoots for Kat’s magazine, Rock n Roll Bride. The team are always so adorable to work with and when we come together, it’s a creative force. We all bring something different to the collaboration and it’s exciting to see the end results published in a print magazine, not just ending up online.

Charlie, our model for this one was deliberately chosen for her tattoos and the styling was very clean. So I knew that I wanted to keep the photography sharp and simple. The additional element of the mirrors meant doubling up the impact of everything and it was fun to play around with the reflections.


Cause with your hand in my hand and a POCKET FULL OF SOUL, I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go. Just put your hand on the glass, I’m here trying to pull you through …


Creative Director | Kat Williams

Stylist | Mr + Mrs Unique

MUA | Lou Seymour

Hair | Love Hair

Assistant | Sam Luck

Model | Charlotte at Bame

Location | The Brighton Studio

Style Me Sunday Editorial | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Style Me Sunday Editorial | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

My very favourite thing about Instagram is that individuals have just as much of a voice as big brands, if not more. It’s a platform that is fair in its distribution of exposure and equates engagement as its strongest currency. And I engage much more with real women living real lives above fantasy starlets faking it all. Also, I have huge admiration for women taking their social media platforms and using them to portray a positive and inclusive message.

So I was super thrilled to be asked by Rock n Roll Bride to shoot Natalie Lee aka Style Me Sunday, the body positive activist and influencer with almost 60k IG followers. Sadly, not many wedding magazines will put a girl in her 30s or a girl with an afro on the cover so it was incredible to see this shoot when it hit the racks. Thank goodness there are women like Natalie and Kat being active on social media. The shoot used simple pastel backgrounds, forward thinking styling and was a helluva lot of fun to work on.

When I was younger I never saw women like me on the covers of magazines …

Concept Kat Rock n Roll Bride

Styling Erica Mr and Mrs Unique with Alex The Bijou Bride

Hair Jo Love Hair

Make Up Louise Seymour

Rainbow Wedding Editorial | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Rainbow Wedding Editorial | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Could we do a Rainbow Coloured Wedding Shoot but make it sophisticated? This was the challenge that we set ourselves for an editorial with Rock n Roll Bride magazine. So we gathered up a load of wigs from Annabelle’s, some very gorgeous coloured dresses, a bunch of giant balloons and headed to the studio.

I pictured a rainbow, you held it in your hands. I HAD FLASHES but you saw the plan. I wandered out in the world for years but you just stayed in your room …

London Bride Shoot for Crown and Glory with Rock n Roll Bride

London Bride Shoot for Crown and Glory with Rock n Roll Bride

How have I not yet blogged this super pretty shoot for the Rock n Roll Bride veil collection at Crown and Glory? We decided to do a shoot with a very London look but the kind of London that you see in Richard Curtis movies.. all pastel coloured houses and blue skies. We wanted our model to convey a laid back urban bride and I think Tinks totally got the vibe.


The veils are all super cute and available here. The very lovely flowers for this shoot were provided by Amie Bone, the make up and hair was done by the brilliant Tabby Castro and most of the bridal wear is from Halfpenny London. If the location looks a little familiar, it was were Ness and Mugs took me for their London Engagement and they tell me there are always film crews there!

Every inch of sky’s got a star. Every inch of skin’s got a scar. I guess that you’ve got EVERYTHING now …

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