In a world where digital photography reigns supreme, and the increasing reliance on artificial intelligence, or ‘A.I.’, to enhance and manipulate imagery is becoming the norm, there is charm to be found in taking a moment to step back to appreciate the art of analogue photography.
These stunning bridal designs are from the atelier of a personal favourite independent British bridal designer of mine, Kate Beaumont. Kate’s gowns, every one of which are produced using exquisite sustainable and ethical silks and laces, have been beautifully immortalised through the lens talented wedding photographer, Hollie Cornish.
Both designer and photographer share their thoughts on this collaboration below but I want to use this opportunity to encourage any bride who can access Kate’s atelier based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, to consider booking in for an appointment. We featured Kate’s own wedding on Love My Dress a few years ago now, it was a moment that would inspire Kate to go on to set up her own bridal design business and it has been such a pleasure to watch her business grown ever since. She is an incredibly lovely, incredibly talented designer, one I cannot recommend more highly.
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Words by Kate Beaumont, Designer
Hollie Cornish got in touch to see if I’d work on her first solo editorial shoot with her, and after falling in love with the gorgeous analogue pictures she produced while assisting on the Colour Block shoot I created with Danni Maytree, I jumped at the chance.
Bespoke, Ethical, Silk Wedding Dresses
We kept dress and backdrop changes to a minimum to ensure we could give each set-up enough time on the day. I chose the Lavender bias-cut silk gown in a delicate champagne tone, and added in a silk hair bow in a complementary silk tone, paired with a delicate pearl adorned veil.
Hollie shot this look in natural light, in front of a simple white material backdrop.
The Cosmos silk slip dress we shot solo for super-simplicity, then added in the gorgeous, embroidered delicacy of the Daisy veil which softened the whole look beautifully.
The Sweet Pea lace top worn over Cosmos switched the look up again with a more minimal, modern vibe.
The Gladioli bias-cut silk cowl backed gown was accessorised with the stunning Beba veil, and the pale ivory tones in combination really popped in front of the terracotta paper background.
Hollie’s vision was to shoot entirely on analogue, a medium that brings challenges alongside so much beauty! Analogue is a much slower paced way to shoot – cameras and films are changed over regularly, and the model needs to hold a pose for longer. Plus there’s the element of risk that the film will be damaged or won’t develop as planned…it’s something of an emotional rollercoaster!
Words by Hollie Cornish, Photographer
This shoot has always been a dream of mine; to purely shoot analogue within the studio, using a mix of studio lighting and natural light.
I was lucky enough to do a shoot with Kate and I fell in love with her dresses, the style, and also the love that goes into each gown.
This I felt really leant itself to this shoot. As for me analogue is a moment in time. An imprint that we are creating, to be able to use Kate’s dresses gave the unique and handmade element to this timeless moment.
The backgrounds that I chose were carefully picked with each dress I was using, and I also worked a lot on the lighting, starting with natural light with the white material backdrop, moving on to the studio lights and a terracotta backdrop.
In terms of the film itself, I worked with colour and black and white. Ilford 400 for the black and white and Kodak portra 400 for the colour. Working with both 35mm and 120 film I was working with a range of cameras.
There is something so creative about analogue as you are going from what you see and how you capture. You can’t retake, you have to just trust your choices at the time. For me that is what I love about it, just that wait until they have been developed to see your captured moments that we then call art.”
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