Goodbye 2015….Hello 2016!

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I remember sitting down this time last year and thinking ahead to 2015. We had just moved to Devon and the year ahead seemed unclear. I’m the sort of person who likes to have a plan, or a rough plan at least! We didn’t have a house to call our own, ours jobs were uncertain and we had just said goodbye to our friends in Swindon and moved back to the sea. Twelve months later our lives have completely changed. We have bought our very first family home, it’s by no means perfect in fact it needs a heck of a lot doing to it but it’s peaceful, has a lovely secluded garden and it’s ours! Both of us are doing jobs that we love and are full of exciting opportunities ahead and we have made some amazing friends. More importantly, we have been absolutely blessed by the support of our families.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing families and couples this year. From relaxing new born shoots at home, family shoots in the sand dunes and awesome weddings which capture the relaxed and laid back Devon lifestyle. I have LOVED every minute.

I am so excited to see what 2016 brings. I have got some amazing weddings booked and I am almost fully booked for this summer.

 Happy New Year xxx

A few of my favourite family and new born images from 2015……

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And some of the beautiful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing………

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Goodbye 2014

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I haven’t written a blog post in a while as I’ve been really busy relocating my family to Devon. In hindsight the decision to move the week before Christmas was a bit of a crazy one, however taking a walk along the beach earlier followed by a big family roast dinner and playing ‘shops’ with my little niece I know it was definitely the right decision.

2014 has been an amazing year during which SO much has happened.  At the start of the year I launched my photography business which has been a dream come true.  It has been hard work alongside teaching and being a mum to 16 month twins boys, however I have met some amazingly talented people, photographed beautiful brides, bumps and babies and I have loved every minute of it. A want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store. I am honoured to be photographing weddings in venues including the Hare and Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt, the Cotswold Club in Chipping Norton, Mount Edgcumbe House in Cornwall and Luton House in Devon to name a few. Alongside running Renata Fry Photography I am about to start a new job teaching GSCE and A Level Photography to students in South Devon.

 So I thought I would end 2014 with a little round up of my year. Happy New Year everyone!!

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My beautiful twin boys back in February

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 May Bank holiday mini break with friends in Ludlow

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Attending the Illuminated Collective Fine Art workshop in late May (full post coming in the new year!)

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Our summer holiday in Shaldon, South Devon. 

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Claire and Tom’s beautiful farm wedding in Hertfordshire in late August

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Rachel’s maternity shoot

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Lucy and Tony’s rustic autumn wedding

 

 

Calling all coffee lovers….

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On my days off there is nothing I love more than enjoying a good cup of coffee (or caramel latte!) and a cake, preferably in a quaint little coffee shop. The other week I found myself with an unexpected hour to myself, which is very rare! Basically I had planned to take some A Level students to an exhibition at a local gallery but it was closed, so I sent the girls off to take photos and sketch in the local park and I had time to myself before picking my twin boys up. So I enjoyed some “me time” in a recently opened coffee shop and I wanted to share my experience there with you all.

If you live in Wiltshire, have little children and LOVE coffee and cake then this amazing little place will cater for all your needs.

Baila has recently opened on Victoria Road in Old Town, Swindon. It is a quirky coffee shop that offers homemade treats, has a section selling vinyl and upstairs is the ‘Little Lounge’; a miniature version of the cafe for children. A perfect combination for parents who love coffee. They sell a range of baked treats including flapjacks, cakes and brownies. I opted for the Mars Bar brownie and it was delicious, washed down with my usual latte. Whilst there I couldn’t resist taking a few pics with my film camera. I have been back with my boys a couple of times and they have enjoyed playing in the ‘Baby Baila’. You will love this place, it is definitely worth a visit…

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The brownies are delicious! I’ve seen Mars Bar, Toblerone, Jaffa Cake and Dime Bar brownies on offer!!

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Upstairs there is a comfy seating area for parents whilst your little ones play in the Baby Baila play area complete with mini till and coffee shop counter.

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 Here is an iPhone pic of my boys enjoying themselves in the Baby Baila.

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 All film photos were taken on a Canon 1V using Portra 400. Developed and scanned by UK Film Lab.

Thanks for reading

Renata x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Big Decision

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I have lived in Wiltshire for nearly 10 years. I have fallen in love with the countryside, the nearby parks, the local cafes and the amazing tapas bar up the road from us. I have made a good group of friends, built a career in teaching, met my husband, given birth to my beautiful baby boys and this year it became the birth place of my very own photography business, something I have always dreamt of. As many of you may know I grew up in Devon, a place that holds many a happy memory and where my family live. We travel back and forth as frequently as work allows us to, and every time we leave we do so with a heavy heart. This summer my husband and I made a massive decision; we have decided to follow our hearts and move to Devon. My husband is leaving behind a career that he has built up for 8 years, I am saying goodbye to some of my best friends, but despite this we are so excited to be starting our new adventure as a family.

I am confident that moving to Devon will bring a whole heap of exciting opportunities to my photography business. Even though we will be living in Devon I am still very much a UK Photographer and will be taking bookings throughout the south west and further afield. 75% of my wedding bookings for next year are in Devon and I hope that through those I build up a list of contacts in the wedding industry as I have done in Wiltshire. I recently attended a Fine Art Film Workshop during which I made some invaluable contacts in the industry, and some good friends, all of whom I will remain in contact with. As well as an opportunity to develop my photography business I also have a job continuing my passion of teaching photography at a fantastic school which specialises in the Arts.

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Despite all these amazing opportunities, living nearer to our loved ones and giving our boys the opportunity to grow up by the sea there are days when I think “are we doing the right thing” or ” what if our dream doesn’t work out?”. Right now I don’t have the answer to those questions, but I hope in a few months time I will look back on this post and smile to myself.

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I’m sure the upcoming months will be ones of uncertainty, anxiety and excitement and even though there are times when I just want to fast forward 12 months to us being happy settled into our first family home by the sea, I will cherish every moment and take as many photos as possible along the way! Thank you to everyone who has supported us in making this decision and made the whole process a lot easier for us.

 

Renata x

Shaldon, Devon

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This summer we spent a week in Shaldon, a pretty little village sat on the mouth of the River Teign opposite Teignmouth. We explored the quaint little streets, sampled some delicious locally caught seafood, ate ice creams and wandered along the beach. Here are a few photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 of our holiday. Enjoy! x
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No. 10 Tea Gardens

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A few months ago I found out that an old school friend had relocated from Devon to Wiltshire and opened a tearooms on the side of the Kennet and Avon canal. Sensing an opportunity for a catch up and slice of cake, we packed the twins in the car and headed off to Bradford-on-Avon. My husband and I love spending our days off work having family days out in the country and we were not disappointed when we arrived as the location is just stunning. No.10 Tea Gardens overlook the Avoncliff viaduct, where the Kennet and Avon canal crosses the River Avon. It is surrounded by rolling countryside, quaint country pubs and a constant stream of narrow boats cruising by.

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We ordered some sandwiches for lunch and enjoyed the view as I spoke to Sarah, the owner, about her complete career and lifestyle change and future plans for the tearooms.

 “I just considered it a dream in the distant that would never happen”

 

“The idea began in a little quaint cafe in Bristol. Euan and I were being naughty and having a fried breakfast and discussing my career path as I had told him that I wanted to leave the Police. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, not where I saw myself long term and we were also discussing living together. Euan asked me ‘is a cafe or small business anything you’d ever considered because I have wanted to invest in a small business for some time now’. I nearly choked on my brew because for years I had always wanted to own my own tea rooms and bake to my hearts content. I love tea rooms and love baking but don’t have the business mind to even think where to begin so had never pursued the idea. Just considered it a dream in the distant that would never happen. However, a business mind is something Euan definitely has and he was well up for the venture with me. I couldn’t believe it, not only had I found Euan we were making my dream come true!”

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He got straight on the internet and found the Avoncliff house and tea rooms for sale. It seemed too good to be true but we drove out and saw the place and fell in love with it and the area.”

“it has been highly stressful at times but I am doing what I love to do in a beautiful place”

 

“We moved in at the end of April and opened on the first May bank holiday and it has been non stop since. It has been an enormous learning curve for me to say the least! Going from a desk job in the Police to running your own business in the catering industry couldn’t be much different and I’d be lying if I didn’t resemble a rabbit in headlights at times but I have tackled each issue without any major disaster.”

“From buying the stock to making everything (sandwiches, quiches and all cakes and scones) accounts, banking, paperwork, employment of people, publicity, and the continuous maintenance of things as well as learning the role myself, it has been highly stressful at times but I am so far achieving running the business on my own and have continuous positive feedback of the improvements/changes I have made and how good the food and cakes taste and I am also doing what I love to do in a beautiful place.”

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“I honestly couldn’t of achieved so much in a relatively short time frame without the assistance and continuous support from Euan and my family and close friends. I think it would of been a different story had I not of had that. I can not thank them enough.”

“Plans for the future is a possible extension on the building for more inside space as this is currently limited and to rearrange the lay out of the inside space i.e. Move the kitchen to the back and have a bigger counter space. Replace all crockery for new design, landscaping of the main garden to make the seating area larger and to improve the look of the garden space. Lots of vibrant flowers, a red phone box (to continue the British/London theme) where wifi will be available and some giant garden games. Beyond that I am not sure, perhaps own another tea rooms somewhere maybe. I would however like to purchase a dog by next March to be my tea gardens companion.”

On leaving No. 10 Tea Gardens I was in complete admiration for Sarah for leaving her ‘desk job’ and having the guts to follow her dream. I hope that after reading this you too are inspired and maybe that ‘thing’ you have always dreamed of doing may too become a reality!

You can find out more about No.10 Tea Gardens on Facebook and Twitter here and here. All photos shot on Kodak Gold and developed and scanned by UK Film lab.