Recently I photographed at the excellent Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages for a Christmas themed photoshoot at their beautiful Peak District accommodation. The exquisitely presented rooms have the finest Christmas decor which is expertly and specifically chosen for each of their cottages. It was my challenge to create homely, and cosy images of their cottages that screamed – CHRISTMAS. A treat that all that stay at Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages will have from the last week in November and throughout the Christmas period.
First of all, to create the images, the property photography had to be done at night to ensure that there was no daylight spilling into the rooms. The idea was to create an ambiance that suited a winters evening, an ambiance that is all cosy and warm (which of course it is with their log burning stoves).
The challenge was to get good exposures, and to make the most of the twinkly Christmas lights and convey warmth and homeliness. Lighting was the key element to this, so much of the photography was done using only the fairy lights and the glow from the log burning stoves. This alone gave wonderful ambient light.
Apart from inside the properties, I also photographed outside to show off the beautiful Christmas lighting of the courtyard, whilst showing a hint of the interiors through the windows. Long exposures gives rise to the movement in the clouds in the night sky.
Blakelow Farm offer Luxury Derbyshire Holiday Cottages with gorgeous Peak District Views – visit www.blakelowcottages.co.uk
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