25/10/2013

Photographer's Insight- Christmas Press Shots

This last month has involved something a little more different. Paul and I have been shooting our Christmas PR shots! I love the creativity photography and styling sets brings and working with Paul is always fun although the days are long and getting the right image take a while, (how does the saying go? …‘You can’t rush perfection’).  Paul is always reminding me of that one.

Our first property is a beautiful rural lakeside house called Filly Farmhouse  which has a sumptuous living room with a clear view wood burner and gorgeous fluffy sheepskin rugs casually thrown over large, deep leather sofas.

The styling of this property is timeless, elegant and comfortable. Traditional materials like tartan blankets have been used to accentuate the curtains and cushions and when combined with a few modern touches like the orange folding metal chairs in the kitchen and the positively HUGE beanbag in living room it gives the house a young and vibrant feel. Also the playroom with table football, jukebox and table tennis table helps when the rain gets the better of the day and that swim in the lake only 20 meters away doesn’t seem so palatable.  But that is the beauty of Filly Farm House, it has something to offer all year round and being a short drive from Brecon, Glasbury and Hay on Wye, eating out is easy and restaurant choices are varied and affordable. Lazing on a boat floating around the lake with a book in summer also seems quite favorable as well as lighting the fire and settling down for a movie with the family in the living room. A house for all seasons.

Our other property of choice was Ty Tal, in Brecon. Where Filly Farmhouse offers country comfort and elegance, Ty Tal is the quintessential Georgian town house. Beautiful fireplaces feature in at least two of the rooms in this four-story property and the juicy red of the walls in the ground floor dining room provided the perfect Christmas feel for our shoot.

Although the House looks small from the outside, it is like a tardis inside. Clever design and layout of the rooms and furniture has made great work of the space with a large bedroom of the fourth floor and decent sized rooms all the way down.

A beautiful, homely property, several of us who visited the property during the shoot all remarked how it felt like a home and Paul said he really liked the “vibes” of the house.

This property is perfect for amenities and everything is within walking distance. Brecon Castle does an amazing Christmas menu and the Cathedral is worth a visit during the festive time. Even when it’s not Christmas there is Pilgrim’s Tearooms at the Cathedral that offer relaxing surroundings with a beautiful herb garden to sit in and delicious food, coffee and cakes!

Other attractions in Brecon include the Theatre Brycheiniog (Bruc-eye-knee-og), which attracts big names and has a wide variety of shows all year round.

Currently there are tickets for the Tempest on Fire in Penpont from the 29th October to the 2nd November! Which I thought sounds really exciting and intriguing! You can also stay in the Penpont Courtyard Wing which sleeps 14 and features a table tennis room, nearby river and large country house grounds to run about.