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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Royal Visit to Cornwall

08 Aug 2019

It's not every day that you get asked to photograph a royal visit, so when local councillor James Mustoe asked me to photograph Charles and Camilla on their visit to Mevagissey, I thought it sounded like it might be an interesting experience. It was the Royal couple's first port of call on their three-day visit to Cornwall. I'll admit to being a little nervous, it's easy to let the sense of occasion get the better of you, the village was absolutely buzzing about the impending visit. I also felt a sense of responsibility in recording this event as for the local community and Mevagissey Museum, in other words, I wanted to get it right! 

I had access along with a small bundle of press photographers and was accompanied by Clarence House throughout who gently guided us so we were one step ahead of Charles and Camilla, close enough for decent images whilst never getting in the way. The weather was perfect, big blue skies and bright sun, although this brought problems of its own in the form of hard shadows and some tricky exposures (I know, I know, never happy).


Stepping back for a little perspective on this kind of event, it must be odd to have a pack photographers recording your every move, when even eating ice cream becomes a big deal. I know they're used to it, but still, I can't help but find it all very strange. But aside from that, I enjoyed the experience and I'd like to thanks James for the opportunity


~ Sal


Above: Charles and Camilla had a very warm welcome in Mevagissey


Above: Charles meeting Mike Roberts, chairman of the local parish council. Also pictured, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Kate Kennally.


Above: Local fisherman Rodney Ingram demonstrating his net-mending skills.


Above: Camilla visited She Sells for ice cream - she chose vanilla, of course.


Above: Charles, yarning with the locals on the quay. 


Above: There was a lot of excitement from Mevagissey Primary School. pupils.


Above: Camilla with Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho


Above: Cheerio Charlie.

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