I find this time of year hardest in my line of work. There is a post-Christmas dip in Instagram campaigns. I suppose due to budgets being used on festive ads. The alternative is admin and general photography, but the weather can be gloomy and there aren’t many flowers and plants to photograph. I guess what I’m getting at is ‘I hate Winter’. So, it was awesome to find a DM from wedding and couple photographer, Victoria Bonvicini, inviting us to try something new.
Victoria is from Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has a beautiful earthy feel to it, and her portraits are authentic and real. She had recently won a trip around the world (pretty cool, right?), and was looking for people to collaborate with along her journey. She invited Aaron and I on a couple photoshoot. That was a first for us. I asked her where she’d like to visit, and she replied ‘Castle Combe’. As you’ve probably noticed, Castle Combe is my favourite place to photograph, so we were pretty excited.
I loved Victoria’s enthusiasm for Castle Combe. Probably because I feel equally as enthusiastic. She made Aaron and I feel very relaxed, which I suppose is key to getting natural looking portraits. We drove up and down the village in the Morris Minor as Victoria ran along behind us.
After an hour or so of shooting, we headed to The Manor House hotel for a high tea. If you ever find yourself in the area, you HAVE to book a tea there. They’re delicious and the hotel is one of the most impressive buildings you’ll ever see. I only wish I’d taken photos of the tea – we were too busy enjoying it and chatting.
We took a few more photos around the hotel and grounds (for which we asked permission, just FYI), before heading back to the train station for Victoria. She sent us our edited photos a couple of weeks later, and I just had to share them here. She did such an amazing job! Check out Victoria’s Instagram page for more of her work, and if you’re not already, follow my Instagram journey too.