Rob Grist Photography: Blog en-us (C) Rob Grist Photography (Rob Grist Photography) Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:37:00 GMT Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:37:00 GMT Rob Grist Photography: Blog 120 80 Amy and Wez. Rye Hill Farm. Wiltshire Wow! What a great day I had shooting the wedding of Amy and Wez in Wiltshire this weekend. 

A super chilled out couple, a setting to die for in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside and weather so unpredictable you just had to go for it when you could.

I met Amy and her girls at the George inn at Longbridge Deverill and the smile never left the brides face for the rest of the day.

Her two gorgeous daughters were perfect flower girls alongside Amy two bridesmaids.

A short journey through the lanes to Rye Hill Farm was next up. A truly rustic and authentic setting for anyone who wants that country feeling on their big day.

It was the first time the open sided barn had been used for a ceremony and it proved to be an awesome decision.

Im not going to say much more. Ill just let you take a look at the small selection of shots to give  a flavour of the day.

Thanks for having me Amy and Wez !!


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An Indian summer beauty. Nigel and Lauren. Wooburn Green church and Taplow House. This weekend I took myself back up to Buckinghamshire and to one of the places where my wedding photography began. Nigel and Lauren are a very laid back couple with a lovely family ethic and I had the pleasure of documenting their big day.

The service was held at The church of St Paul's in Wooburn Green, a delightful medieval building that took a slight alteration during the Gothic revival in the 19th century.

After the service we made our way to the delightful Taplow House on the edge of the village of Taplow.

Taplow is a seasoned wedding venue which runs like clockwork and is always beautifully presented. The staff are some of the best to work with and are always happy to help. After the drinks reception it was dinner and speeches and then downstairs to Woofys Bar to party the night away.

This is a small selection of pics to give an idea of the fun from the day.

Thanks for now.


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Spring stunner. Stewart and Lauren. Devon Back in April I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Stewart and Lauren in Devon.

After meeting up with the bride and her wonderful bridesmaids it was off to the village of Kingskerswell and a lovely ceremony in the village church.

The service was an emotional affair with plenty of laughs as well to lighten the mood. 

We then made the trip down to Buckland Tous Saints near Kingsbridge for the reception and an evening of music, dancing, sparklers and fireworks.

There was an amazing amount packed in to the day and I was kept on my toes not wanting to miss any of the moments along the way.

Ive tried to capture the atmosphere of the day in the pics below.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy.







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Psycho colour shoot. A couple of weeks back I hooked up with the gang at the salon for our latest effort. This tome the theme was colour and lots of it!

Tom and Nina came up with some great looks and Tenneille was on hand for a first class make up job.

It was busy in the space available at the salon and with 5 models we had to work fast to get through things as quick as possible.

The best thing about working with these guys is that I know quality will never be an issue they always deliver. The rest is down to me and its not always easy matching their efforts. Leading in with a couple of behind the scenes shots from the phone shows the team at work and everyone was mucking in holding reflectors and such.

Hair colour: Nina Chadwick.

Hair styling: Tom Chapman.

Make up: Tennille Chapman.

Photography: Rob Grist

Models: Tess Lyddon, Dean Hamilton, Mia Christie, Jade Caldwell, Jared Cooper.

Results were epic as usual and I'll think I'll just let you take a look at the pics so you can judge for yourselves.


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Fitness first! As you know I do a fair few shoots in and around the local gym. Recently I have had  a real mixed bag with 12 week challenge clients getting in shape for the summer through to personal trainers wanting their portfolio shots up dated.

Nina trains at the Torquay and was focussing on a recent show she was competing in. She was competing in the bikini model category. There is no way you can reach this sort of shape without making sacrifices and Nina has certainly done that. Her photos reflect her hard work and she looked in fabulous shape with the show looming.

A small selection of pics showing her incredible work.

Lily is a PT at another gym in Torquay and also a martial arts expert. She also works hard for her physique and her pics again reflect the end result of keeping in shape with regular training.

We were lucky enough to grab a few natural light shots as well the studio style work as well.

Roya is a regular trainer and was looking to put a collection of pics together prior to getting married soon after. Tried a few different ideas with Roya and I was very pleased with the results. I don't shoot wide in the gym that often but the right decision was made for these I think.

Ryan is a 12 week client in the Torquay gym. He has worked incredibly hard to obtain his current physique. Ryan is now consolidating with a view to putting together another 12 weeks of hard work to improve even further. Well done mate, good work!


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Ive seen the light. My weddings are starting a bit later this year for all sorts of reasons, but mainly as I wanted to give myself the opportunity to push some areas of my business. So Ive taken advantage when possible to do a variety of projects.

Now most of you know that I love using studio lighting but I also love natural light as well. I'm a big fan of the early morning shoot at sun up or sun down for that matter. To that end I thought I would share some recent work which varies from hair to fashion, and from portrait to commercial.

Recently I collaborated with my lovely friend Tenneille, she is the wife of my barber friend Tom whom I've shot with a ton of times. Tenneille is a very competent make up artist and we've been trying to do a project for a while. We finally got together with clothing designer Lynsey and model Rachel last month and came up with a vintage style shoot featuring the work both the ladies mentioned above as well as myself.

Heres a selection of pics from the day. All of these are natural light shots using window light or just available light.

Camera settings are not over complicated and I guess with the exception of upping the ISO for some of the shots when the light was a bit dimmers all pretty standard settings.

Everything was shot on Canon 5D MKIII and spot metering.

Results were very flattering and more than pleasing to the eye. The Canon works a treat at higher ISO values so the need to remove noise in post is not really an issue.

Model: Rachel Jordan

Makeup: Tenneille Chapman

Wardrobe: Lynsey Beardsmore

Photography: Rob Grist

Lynsey very kindly offered to model as well as we had  model pullout at the last minute.

One of my favourite shots of Lynsey was this lit portrait in the hallway of our location, Lupton House.

I just used one quadra flash head at medium power. Shot on a canon 5DMKIII with an 85mm lens, ISO 200, f7.1 @100s.

I also got some lovely window light shots of Lynsey and Tennielle, the latter stepping in for some modelling duties as well later in the day. 

All the dresses you see were designed and made by Lynsey Beardsmore and all make up by Tenneille Chapman.

Photos by yours truly.




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Lisa and Carl. Homewood Park. Bath. A beautiful winter wedding. (Part 2) A few more from the lovely wedding of Lisa and Carl.

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Lisa and Carl. Homewood Park. Bath. A beautiful winter wedding. (Part 1) So my last wedding of 2016 was at the lovely Homewood Park near Bath.

Being greeted with wonderful winter sunshine led me to think this was going to be a lovely wedding to shoot. And I wasn't disappointed. 

Lisa and Carl are a lovely couple and it was plain to see on their faces how much they were looking forward to their big day. Carl is in the military and has served his country with gusto while Lisa awaited his return so they could finally tie the knot.

Lisa was stunning in her classic style gown flanked by her lovely bridesmaids and Lexi the flower girl.

After prep in the Gainsborough hotel in central Bath it was on to Homewood for an emotional ceremony, then the most confetti Ive seen at a wedding made for some great pictures.

Wedding breakfast was followed by high jinks in the speeches and a lovely evening was then spent dancing the night away.

A big thank you from me to the bride and grooms families for making me so welcome.

Also a big thanks to my brother in law, Alan for getting shots of the lads pre ceremony as we were running a bit late.

A selection of pics below give a flavour of a lovely day.






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Naomi and Matt. Bickleigh Mill. Devon An intimate venue, glorious Autumn weather, a wonderful couple all added to the ingredients for a great wedding shoot in the glorious Devon countryside.

After spending a lovely fun morning with Naomi and her lovely bridesmaids, Rachel and Chloe I had the privilege of shooting the ceremony of Matt and Naomi.

A highly emotional affair it proved to be, tears of joy with added smiles equalled a great ceremony and was followed by an equally fun wedding breakfast and speeches.

Father of the bride, the best man and the groom himself gave great speeches and had the room in stitches .

I felt privileged  to have captured this wonderful day and was made to feel so welcome.

Thank you again Matt and Naomi for asking me to shoot your big day.

Take a look at the selection of pics below to get a flavour of the day.




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Steph and Kris. Holne House, Devon. A beautiful Autumn wedding, thats what everyone was hoping for and thats what everybody got, the sun shone and there was a crispness in the air. Perfect conditions for Kris and Steph to take the next step in their lives.

It was all the sisters for bridesmaids, Hannah, Emily and Ellie, and not forgetting best friend Becky as maid of honour, looking stunning in deep purple which gave a classic contrast to the brides gown.

Such a nice couple to work with, as were all the family and guests, I felt like a guest at times as opposed to working for the day.

Holne is a lovely venue with very helpful staff and the food is always delicious as well !

Set in the River Dart Country Park it offers a great deal of diverse opportunity for pictures from the river banks to strolling through the trees it is a great place to shoot a wedding.

After chicken pie and beef olive it was time for speeches and then a relaxed couple of hours before partying the night away to live music. 

Take a look at this small selection of photos which give a flavour of the day.

Thanks for the warm welcome guys and good luck to you both.




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Jenny and James. 30th July. Bickleigh Castle. As you may have noticed there were two weddings on the 30th. James is the brother of Georgi from the previous post and they shared their wedding day with their respective partners.

It was a bit different for me, darting between the two couples but it worked out fine.

Both couples shared the guests and all the entertainment and food etc... The major difference was that James and Jenny actually got married on the day in the lovely outdoor area at the castle.

Yet again the weather was kind to us and for the rest of the day as it happened, and this just added to the lovely ambience of the day.

You may see some pics the same as the post before as you read through but as I said the same guests were at both ceremonies and the day was shared for everyone as well as me.

Take a look at the pics to see how James and Jennys day panned out.









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Georgi and Zac. 30th July. Bickleigh Castle. As the Summer draws to an end I'm delighted to share this wedding with you from a few weeks back.

Georgi and Zac  shared their day with Brother James and his fiancé Jenny, more on their day in the next post.

Bickleigh Castle turned out to be an inspired choice of venue, with bridal prep taking place in one of the muse cottages and then a short walk to the 16th century chapel for their blessing. Georgi and Zac had already gone through the formalities the week before at the registry office.

It was a short ceremony and then over to the lawns at the back of the castle for bubbles.

It was a typically British summer scene with families on picnic blankets, garden games in amongst the rose covered borders.

Down at the other end of the grounds there was the opportunity to get some shooting practise with the laser shooting. Few to many bubbles though I think as scoring was low to say the least !!

A hog roast awaited the guests late afternoon before partying the night away to finish the day, which included a legendary dance off.!

Hopefully the pics below will give you an idea of the day.


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Mat and Amy. Devon A few weeks back I shot the wedding of the lovely Mathew and Amy, in Devon. The day started with Amy and her lovely bridesmaids and getting those all important prep shots. Luckily for me the lads were getting ready just down the road so I was able to split my time and get some shots of the guys getting ready, now all I'm going to say is, how many people does it take to do up a tie ?? Great effort lads.

The guests were treated to vintage transport to the ceremony venue in an old London bus. The ceremony was at the Haldon Belvedere or the Lemon Tower, which ever you prefer.

It was a lovely day weather wise and certainly one of the warmest days of the year, a cream tea was offered after the ceremony and myself and the bride and groom took the opportunity to go off and get some photos.

Then it was back to Torquay for the reception and wedding breakfast at the historic Spanish Barn in the grounds of the Torre Abbey.

More guests arrived for the evening and were treated to an American style barbecue which I have to say looked absolutely delicious.

Another great summer wedding and as usual I was made to feel so welcome so thank you for that Mat and Amy.

A selection of pics to give a flavour of the day.


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Tom and Tenneille. Devon. Part 1 ! June was a lovely month for weddings and I finished off the month with wedding of Tom and Tenneille. Those of you that visit my blog regularly will know that Tom and I have known each other for a while and have worked together many times on hair shoots.

This time though it was all about Tom and Tenneilles big day. There were two celebrations that included a small family ceremony on the Tuesday at Cockington in Torquay, this would tie up all the legal side of things as such and then on the Saturday it was all over to the couples house for a blessing in the garden followed by a party with live music and a couple of DJ sets to finish off the day.

Yet again we were so lucky with the weather on both days and everything fell in to place and ran like clockwork.

There were so many small details I could write about but I think Ill just let you look at the pictures and see for yourselves.

The same couple twice in a week was a new one for me but I enjoyed every minute and I hope the pictures have done enough to tell the story.

To make things simpler I am posting two blogs, one from Tuesday and then one from Saturday.

Thanks for now......

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Tom and Tenneille. Devon. Part 2 ! So as I said on the Saturday it was time for the blessing with family and friends in Tom and T's garden. This was a real team effort and everyone mucked in and helped out. Pizza, Rum and cake were the order of the day with music a plenty to keep everyone entertained. 

Id like to thank Tom and Tenneille for bringing me onboard to shoot their wedding celebrations through the week. It was great fun from start to finish and I have loved editing the pictures and returning to the day.

Again I will let the pics do the talking.

Thanks for now

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Lisa and Andy. Torquay. A few weeks ago I headed back to the bay to shoot the wedding of Lisa and Andy.

I have known Lisa for a while but I hadn't met Andy until recently. I got to know them both better on their pre wedding shoot which is always a great way to break the ice with a couple. They get to know you and hopefully feel a lot easier with you on the big day.

After morning prep in the delightful Magnolia House is was down to Cockington Court for the ceremony. The ceremony was relaxed and full of smiles and laid the foundations for a wonderful afternoon and evening back at the house where the guests partied on the rooftop terrace thanks to a glorious summers evening.

The sun shone, the music played and everyone had a great time.

Again I was made to feel so welcome by all parties and I would just like to say thank you for that.

Until the next time...







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Rob and Tracey. Torquay, Devon. Well what a month June has been, such an enjoyable month work wise, and such a variety as well !! I kicked off things a few weeks ago with the wedding of Rob and Tracey, and what a day it was. The morning started grey and we were all wondering which weather app was actually correct !! But as it turned out the afternoon turned in to a perfect English Summers afternoon. 

After morning prep it was off to St Mathews church in Torquay for a lovely up beat ceremony followed by afternoon tea in the most delightful setting near Marldon just outside Torquay. The marquee that awaited was beautifully decorated after a massive family effort to get it all finished in time.

Fish and Chips, a full on barbecue, bar and top wedding band The Rocker Covers kept everyone more than entertained. 

Ive put a small selection for you to take a look at and get a gist of the day. 

As usual I was made to feel so welcome and thoroughly enjoyed shooting the day.

Good luck to Rob and Tracey and I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon.

Till the next one.


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Tim and Sharon. Passage House Hotel. Newton Abbot, Devon. So a couple of weeks ago I headed down to the Passage House for the lovely wedding of Tim and Sharon. Bit of a treat for me as the venue is very local so not a lot of travelling involved. It was a lovely day and even the torrential rain didn't dampen spirits even if it narrowed down the picture opportunity a little bit. Although it did stop raining later in the evening which gave us a twenty minute period outside by the river to get some great shots as the night drew in.

I don't think Ive ever worked for such a relaxed couple, both Sharon and Tim were cool as cucumbers which allowed for a great relaxed feel to the pictures.

Tims son Sam weighed in as best man which is always so nice to see, family bonds are so important on days like these.

The day went pretty much without a hitch and from what I could see people were having a lot of fun. Some of the guests had travelled literally half way round the world to attend with the grooms brother coming in from the States.

Thank you to the bride and groom and their families for making me feel so welcome and to the staff at the Passage House for letting me rearrange the conservatory to get some group shots indoors.

Take a look at the pics below to get a flavour of the day.





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Gina and Tom. Tythe Barn, Bicester. 24th April 2016. I haven't blogged anything for ages, so here we go. Its been so busy lately with a real mixed bag of work that there hasn't been much time to share some of it with you all. 

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Gina and Tom at the wonderful Tythe Barn in Bicester. What a wonderful venue this is to work at. The whole area is always immaculately presented and the staff are so helpful. 

Gina and Tom were a delightful to work with and my brief was just to capture the day with as little formality as possible, which suits my style perfectly.

Gina looked stunning as did her gorgeous little daughter Isla who could have easily have stolen the show. Tom arrived in style at the wedding in his Mark 1 VW Golf GTI, which makes me feel very old as I can remember when they first appeared.

The day ran super smooth and included the excellent table carvers which is something I only see at the Barn, where a carver is designated from each table of guests and they cut the meat for the rest of the table, its a fun section of the day and always makes for a good photo.

A massive thanks to all the family members who made me feel very welcome, it makes my job so much easier.

Hope you enjoy the pics.



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Studio Heavan !! Hi, been a real busy couple of weeks in the studio and out and about on location as well.

Been shooting everything from new born babies to model portfolios and motorbikes. Trying to cram as much in as possible before the wedding season kicks off in earnest.

I thought I would share some work with you. As you'll see Ive tried changing a few things around down at the studio working on new lighting set ups while the opportunity was there . Been a pleasure to work with a couple of new faces as in Amy and Rob and my good friend Eloise made a welcome return to the studio as well. Catch you soon.


What a joy it was to meet Amy. It was her first time in the studio but she took to it like a duck to water, and it wasn't long before we nailed some great shots. We decided to go for a high key look with a kind of sixties feel. Lots of contrast with the black and white finish working really well. basic three light set up with two strip boxes lighting up the backdrop and a 120 open umbrella doing the work at the front. At the end of the session we went for a moody look just moving one of the strip boxes around and using it as the only light source. Amy is coming back again soon and hopefully we'll nail some more great shots.


Next up my long time mate and model Eloise came down, always a pleasure to work with. Eloise is also a singer so we approached the shoot in a different way and went for a more lo key feel on the backdrop whilst keeping El highlighted at the front. Literally just to mix things up a bit, also keeping her in colour gave the pics a commercial feel for possible poster shots or general publicity shots.


Rob came down at the weekend to shoot his first portfolio work as he wants to get in to the world of modelling with an emphasis on fitness. He presented himself in great condition and after a nervy start he soon relaxed and delivered some cracking results. He showed how important it is to take these shoots seriously and understanding that you only get out what you put in.

Take a look at the pics and make your own mind up.

Thanks for now







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