I seem to have a knack for organising photoshoots where everything that could go wrong, goes wrong. But hey, it doesn’t get in the way!
The vision I had for this story was completely different to the images you see here. Up on the cliffs of Poly Joke, near Newquay, during the month of June, are fields and fields of Poppy Flowers. They’re stunning, and it’s literally a sea of red as far as the eye can see.
After visiting the fields during a hot, sunny afternoon with a friend and our dogs, I instantly felt inspired and knew I had to make the most of the flowers while they were there. It was Tuesday, so I promptly got organised, checked the weather forecast, and Friday was looking stunning - blue skies, and not a cloud in the sky.
Oh, how things would change!
Come Wednesday, the winds had picked up, and we were met with a storm we’d normally expect in the months of February or March, certainly not late June! I didn’t pay much attention, and got to work on my shoot.
Friday came around quick, and the weather wasn’t great in Falmouth (south coast) but Newquay (north coast) was predicted to get a lovely sunset - great! Model was organised, clothes had been sourced, assistant booked, I was ready. I got in the car at 7pm, ready to drive up to Newquay for 8pm where I’d meet my model and have two hours to shoot in the sunset….
It wasn’t until I began to drive that I got a message from a friend (whom I’d told about my shoot plans) saying: “The wind has blown the poppy petals off of them! There are no flowers left!”
So there were no poppies left… oh well. I drove on, and when I got to Poly Joke, it was clear that I would not get a sunset. No, instead, we’d get thick sea mist, and eventually even spitting rain!
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to doing photoshoots in Cornwall! Nothing ever goes as planned…
But honestly, I’m still thrilled with these images. I’m lucky in that I’d prepared extensively: I had a storyboard planned out, I knew what mood and feel I wanted to give off in the images, I knew what emotions I wanted my model to portray.. the only difference was the surroundings and the light.
The emotion you get off this editorial is certainly more sombre than I’d intended. The light makes SUCH a big difference in the final feel, but I’m all about embracing what the universe throws my way, and it had been a long time since I’d shot something so moody. Really, I’m not going to complain at all - I love these images. And I hope you do too.
Model: Emily Airton
Assitant: Anna Clark