Personal projects

The Brave & Beautiful Calendar

02 Sep 2019


It was an absolute privilege to be asked to take the portraits for this amazing project, The Brave & Beautiful - Breast Cancer Awareness Calendar. I worked with Liz Rogers, founder of the calendar project and herself, still recovering from the effects of treatment for breast cancer. Everyone I photographed for this calendar has either been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer or referred to the family history clinic at Mermaid Centre. Photographing such portraits requires a high level of respect, sensitivity and trust - I won't lie - it has been one of the most challenging photographic tasks I've ever taken on - at the same time however, it has been the most incredible experience and learning curve. 


The photoshoots took us across Cornwall as well as over to the Isles of Scilly. Hearing the stories of what these women have been through was genuinely humbling, thought-provoking but also incredibly inspiring. Thank you to everyone who had their portraits taken for this amazing project, for putting your trust in me as a photographer and to Liz for inviting me on board to be part of such a special calendar.


"Sally tackled this subject with such grace, respect and empathy and ensured all the ladies taking part were made to feel valued and special. The quality of the portraits is a testament to her skills as a photographer and a thoroughly lovely lady. It's been an absolute pleasure working with her and can not recommend her highly enough."  - Liz Rogers


Below I've shared a selection of behind the scenes snaps from the photoshoots and also a link to purchase it - it's a beautifully printed A3 calendar, printed by St Austell Printing Company. 


You can find the calendar for sale here: Brave and Beautiful Calendars 2020  (links to Facebook)


- Sal



Above Left: Arriving on Scilly
Above Right: Coming back in over Land's End.


Above: bunches of beautiful flowers at Treloweth flowers farm on St Mary's where we shot Lou's portrait.


Above: Taking time out from portraits for a stroll on St Mary's for some breathtaking views.


Above: Transport around the Caerhays Estate for Sheila's November portrait. 


Above: the New Zealand Huntaways getting ready to round up the flock for Liz's cover shot!


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Coffee at Tatams

16 Aug 2019

My main discipline here at DR is stills photography, but it's nice every now and again to take the time to experiment in a medium that isn't so familiar. So I took the opportunity to make a 30-second video about our favourite coffee spot, Tatams, in Portscatho. The early morning light was beautiful, the coffee was brewing and the smell of croissants baking was absolutely divine.


It was shot entirely on a little Canon G7x which I've found to be a powerful tool for video clips, the quality is fabulous. It takes a great RAW file as well so it makes for a mean piece of camera kit that fits in your pocket. Roughly edited together in iMovie, it came together pretty well for just a personal bit of work. I will be working to further develop simple video clips such as this and hopefully begin to incorporate it into what we can offer here at DR. 


~ Sal



Of course, I did a patisserie edit as well.... why wouldn't I?




Posted in: Personal projects, food, The Roseland

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