Back to Beginnings

I began my photographic journey in west Wales inspired by the stunning landscape and wildlife all around me. Not long after buying my first DSLR I started to photograph models on the beautiful mountains, beaches and castles. I soon started to meet other creatives from all over Wales and regularly shot fashion and fine art photographs some of which got featured in magazines throughout the world. I was very lucky.

One of the first studio fashion shoots I ever did was with bridal designer Helen Rhiannon almost ten years ago. It was a great collaboration and although I moved away a few years after we first met, we never forgot each other and kept in touch via social media.

It was a pleasure to hear from Helen recently with the prospect of collaborating on another shoot. It was a great excuse to catch up with a lovely and talented person, but also to visit west Wales for the first time since I left for the Midlands.

Helen Rhiannon bought a selection of her bridal gowns to the location of her choosing, Rhossili Bay on the beautiful Gower Penninsula.

It turned out to be a wonderful sunny afternoon, rather windy but still great conditions to shoot the gowns.

I mainly shot in the dunes and Helen had purchased some smoke bombs for some dramatic effect which we used at sunset.

Helen had organised a whole team of creatives to participate on the day. And I am so happy with the results. I love the vibrancy and energy in the shots and I think you can tell it was a happy, pleasant and productive day. Fantastic team work!

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Gowns by @helen_rhiannon

Photography by @rebecca_knowles_photography
Hair by @crowningglorybynadia
Make Up by @deborahmua
Model @bethannawell
Video Richard at @CwtchProductions

Some gowns available as ready to wear at @rachel_burgess_bridal_boutique

Helen Rhiannon is a bridal designer based on the edge of the Gower peninsula in South Wales. An award winning designer and qualified lecturer Helen also runs ‘All Sewn Up’ workshop sessions for people at all levels. Helen has designed bespoke gowns for celebrities and is a business advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government. Helen Rhiannon Website.