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Autumn in mid Devon at sunrise

This morning I woke up to this delicious view of Autumn perfectness. An ombre of hues from blue and brown seeped into the hazy dew of the lingering fog. It was like sleepy cotton wool rolling along the valley floor.

Autumn Sunrise in Mid Devon. Autumn view at sunrise in Devon by Photographer Becky Craven
Autumn Sunrise in Mid Devon. Autumn view across the fields showing rolling fog and sun light at sunrise in Devon by Photographer Becky Craven

I drank in this view.

I took time to breathe slowly.

To feel the cold air on the tip of my nose, knowing these days are soon to be over.

It will be winter soon, but I am still hanging on to the idea it might just be summer/ autumn for one more day.

I do not enjoy autumn at all, it’s messy and sludgy and the biggest issue I have with autumn is that it stole summer.

But.

Although these photos are idyllic,

I have to say that all is not perfect in my world this week, as I am running fast with work items, lots of deadlines to meet before next week and juggling a really poorly kid.

So you will note that I am posting these almost 12 hours after I took them.

That life sometimes eh?

But better late than never.

5 Facts about Autumn:

  1. In Greek mythology, autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), caused all the crops on Earth to die until her daughter was allowed to return, marking spring.
  2. In England, we typically think of ‘fall’ as the North American version of the word ‘autumn’, but it was in fact in widespread usage in England until relatively recently. Originally a shortening of the phrase fall of the leaf, the phrase was common in England in the 17th century. The word autumn entered English from the French automne and didn’t become common usage until the 18th century.
  3. There are two different dates when autumn could be said to begin. Autumn, as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, begins on the equinox which falls on 22 or 23 September. However, to record climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, so meteorological autumn always begins on 1 September.
  4. Chlorophyll (one of my most favourite words from A-level Biology) is the chemical which makes tree leaves green and as it declines other chemicals become more prominent in the leaves. These are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn. The chemicals responsible are types of flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanins. Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotene) and egg yolks (lutein) their colours?
  5. The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length. We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the autumn equinox, the nights are longer than the days, until this is reversed at the spring equinox.
firepit photography

Task – Photography, Planning, Styling and Props

AThe brief to me was simple -create a set of photographs that promote our new firepit range

I worked with the design team to plan out the style of the lifestyle photoshoot. Starting with taking a brief, being clear on the target audience and marketing objective.

Followed by using private Pinterest boards to share concepts and ideas. The team worked remotely so the flow of information needed to be predominantly digital.

I souced location options and we finally agreed on the perfect location in Somerset. We need a scope to use it all day but also to light fires and have quite a big outdoor space with multiple backdrops.

After a site meeting and finalising the shoot list we planned a day or actually three because we can never be sure of the weather here in the UK. Working outside has more challenges, as we need it to be dry, but not too hot or too bright – otherwise we need lots more kit and people to manage the light.

What happens on a lifestyle shoot?

Shoot day is always busy, there is a plan that we follow but often the weather impacts the plan or the need for models – in this shoot we also had a dog! I love working with dogs and kids on shoots as you have this total chaos they bring out the best photographs on the day. People or pets that are full of life help to bring photos alive too.

Lifestyle Photography is about creating a set of images that your ideal client can relate to, they can dream about the product or service and imagine themself within it.

I might not be your usual photographer as I don’t just turn up and take pictures. I want to make sure that the photos I take for my clients are relevant, they have multiple uses, they are on brand and most importantly they will help to convert leads to sales.

We live in a digital age, image is everything. Photographs have become increasingly valuable to businesses.

If you are thinking about updating your photographs in your business and are looking for a photographer that can take the lead and create gorgeous lifestyle images of People, Property or products then book a free discovery call with me today

Or fill in the form below let’s chat

Working as an Interiors Photographer in Devon with gorgeous luxury self-catering accommodation, hotels, architects, interior designers and luxury letting agents, it is a dream job. I see some fantastic properties which sleep anything from two to twenty-four people or hotels with multiple rooms. I am an Interior Photographer working with holiday properties across the UK. As there is an abundance of holiday properties in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset this is where most of my work is based. 

There is clear evidence that, the pictures sell the property first. So having a strong collection of professional images will help guarantee an increase in bookings. Using and repurposing other images will also help your Trip Advisor ratings. 

One key to successful interior photography is the light. I have a full set of lighting kit plus the technical experience to guarantee I get the best images for your property.

Prior to the photoshoot, we will have discussed the aims of your marketing brief. We will have a clear focus on the images and style required. We agree where the photographs will be used, as this will effect how and what we shoot. For example, if you have a website banner you will need long wide shots or if you are using the images mainly on instagram, then square format is the best. By deciding all this before we pick up a camera, we can maximises the usability of the images we shoot.

The images will reflect the property at its best. They show the houses to the prospective clients in the best condition, so have a full deep clean before a shoot is a must too.

PROPERTY PHOTOGRAPHS NEED A HERO PICTURE TO SELL THE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE FROM THE START.

We create a mood board to enable open shared discussion with our clients. We source all the necessary props. This includes items such as fresh flowers, plants, books, magazines and soft furnishings. I always carry a large collection of extra props in the van. Therefore, I have big collection of props that can be utilised by my clients too.

The reason we use props is to bring the house alive. In most cases, we are selling the idea of a holiday. This is a place to unwind, a place to escape to. Holidays are desirable and ultimately a place to relax and unwind. Therefore, houses that look appealing and sumptuous from the first photograph are more likely to have a larger number of bookings. Having good decor, and clean tidy space is a must too.

The twilight dusk shots that you see below, have proved effective for properties wanting to stand out from the crowd. These shots work well on social media and websites. As a result, the pop of colour is really eye-catching. Feedback on these images has been incredible. Some clients have had a 24% increase in bookings after the dusk shots were used.

I have been shooting interiors for six years. So I understand the need to work quickly, sometimes change over days is the only space free, so working around others is key. I work with holiday properties, direct clients, homeowners or holiday companies. As an Interior Photographer working with holiday properties, I am safe pair of hands, to represent your brand or property company.

My work has been featured in The Times, Elle DecorationDevon Life, First Point magazine, Stranger, White Magazine, Somerset Interiors AirB&BCottages.Com,

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