World Photography Day

At Portlebay we believe that life isn’t purely about large, exciting day trips or hugely memorable land marks like a birthday or wedding (although these are pretty important!), it’s also about cherishing the little moments and the simple, tiny things that bring joy to your every day life (like munching on your favourite flavour of popcorn). A very wise photographer once said:

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
— Marc Riboud

For us this quote reminds us to be grateful for even the littlest things that make us smile and also allows us to admire the amazing talent of photography. Since today is world photography day, photography guest blogger Sarah (Checkered_photography) spoke to us about her photography journey and gave us a few top tips on how to take photos that do truly allow you to savour life in one of the most wonderful ways!

  1. How did your passions for photography initially come about?

When I was younger my dad was always really good at photography he then passed me down one of his cameras and I have been addicted ever since.

2. How long have you been taking photos for?

I have had my own photography business now for 5 years.

3. What is it you find so wonderful about photography and why do you love it?

I am actually quite a shy and reserved person, but photography allows me to show other people what I see and allows me to express my feelings through the imagery that I produce, along with giving me the confidence to talk to anyone when I have my camera in my hand.

4. What is your favourite genre of photography and why?

I don’t actually want to pin it down and say I have a favourite. As you can imagine living here in Cornwall it allows me to be on the beach whenever I wish to be, so a lot of my photography is based in and around the sea.

5. What would be your top 5 photography tips?

  1.             Always be original, never set out to copy someone else you need to have your own style.

  2.            Stay relaxed. I can be way over critical of my work.

  3.           Keep learning, you can never take too many photos.

  4.            Stay confident. I have had a lot of tough life situations but my photography has always got me through them.

  5.   Be aware of your surroundings. Take in as much as possible when you are photographing, it will shine through in your imagery

 

To view more of Checkered Photography’s images visit their website at www.checkeredphotography.co.uk.

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Behind the scenes- Surfs up!

Wednesday 13th June saw some of the Portlebay team journey down from our modest little Poppery to the beautiful and vast beach at Bigbury-on-sea. We were excited for a hot and sunny day at the beach before being reminded that we live in Devon after being greeted by a heavy sea mist, but this simply couldn’t stop our fun!

Surfer Sarah Ashley and photographer Alex Tucker rocked up in their casually cool surf van full of all the essential bits and bobs for any beach bonanza. We met them in the car park that overlooks this stunning beach armed with heaps of delicious popcorn all eager get get some sand between our toes! After navigating ourselves down the steep rock face to the beach we couldn’t help but be awe struck by this beautiful location! Perfect for long beach strolls, paddle boarding and a quiet day when the sea is flat and a buzzing,  great surf location when there’s a few waves, Bigbury beach seemed to have it all. If you haven’t visited Bigbury-on-sea yet it’s a definite must for coastal lovers in Devon!

The beach provided multiple areas to get some wonderful snaps of both Sarah and the popcorn which was tucked into happily by all of us throughout the afternoon! Both Sarah and Alex particularly enjoyed the Lemon Sherbet flavour and admired this quirky but delicious take on summery popcorn (almost as much as we do!).

Our team really enjoyed gaining tips from Alex’s photography talent and chatting to Sarah about her surfing experience, we are even tempted to try and give it a go ourselves this summer, as long as we know there’s a yummy packet of popcorn waiting for us back on dry land to tuck in to after!

Here are a few behind the scenes photos from our wonderful little afternoon:

Behind The Scenes: 5,000 Followers Photograph

We are over the moon that we have reached 5,000 followers on Instagram! We would like to say a hugeeee thank you to all of our wonderful popcorn fans from far and wide and high and low! Of course we wanted to mark the occasion on our Instagram page and so we decided that a group photo with our trusty mascot, Bob, (on our logo) was in order!

As with anything, when the Portlebay Team gets together it is always a raucous affair, with a great amount of laughter and hilarity, and this photo-taking occasion was no exception. For those of you that have ever tried to organise a group photo, we are sure you can understand the difficulty of trying to get everyone positioned, looking and smiling in the right direction, along with the ever unpredictable weather conditions that add a whole new level of challenging to the situation (for us it was a rather blustery day)! With everyone happy to pause their popcorn-related tasks for a short period and jump outside into the sunshine, there was extra excitement and so this simple task became, well…. tricky (but of course it was still wonderfully entertaining for all!)

With this entertaining afternoon turning into a hopeless photoshoot, we managed to capture a range of unsuccessful but amusing snaps, that we thought we would share with you! Have a peak below at a small selection of our not so triumphant snaps…

 

You may have guessed that we attempted the classic jumping team snap, however after a long while of trying, we gave up and settled for smiles and happy arms! It was for the best.

 

A Typical Day at Portlebay

Our little team tends to be busy, busy, busy when we are at The Poppery. Although we all have our own roles and tasks, our mutual overall goal is to pop the popcorn and get our little bags of sunshine out and about in the world! We’ve taken a few snaps of a typical Portlebay day, so you can all see what we get up to!

9:00- Roll up to The Poppery

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By the time the clock strikes nine, our team have rolled out of bed, had a scrub and some grub and have rocked up to The Poppery. Each day we are greeted by Bob (our mascot on our logo) as we reach our second home, who can look rather glorious in the morning sunshine- as you can see in the snap!

 

10:00- In The Poppery

 

By the time ten o’clock comes round, our lovely team in The Poppery have been popping, seasoning and packing popcorn for two hours and are deep in the popcorn making zone! The popcorn making team tends to consist of seven lovely ladies and gents, that are seriously good at popping popcorn to perfection!

 

11:00- Office Tea Timeee!

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We are a typical office when it comes to tea and coffee. We all love the stuff, but no one wants to be the one to make it. As, anyone that works in an office environment will know,  the person that makes the drinks always gets burdened with a biggggg order, enough to cater for an army (or so it feels). In the mornings we each sneakily make our own cuppa and manage to avoid getting hit with the list of complicated requests, that seems to go on for a life time, but by eleven o’clock our tea and coffee cravings start to kick in and the game of waiting for the first person to crack begins. As you can imagine the person that folds and heads to kitchen to make a drink is bombarded with the orders. No place for the weak.

 

12:00- In The Office, Doing Office Things

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By noon we have all got stuck in to many of our popcorn related tasks- Faye from finance playing with her numbers, Diane our office mother sorting all of our so-called problems out, Steve in the warehouse playing around on his forklift, etc. On this particular occasion, twelve o’clock in the office consisted of prepping the Royal Mail post for our wonderful consumers that ordered directly from us (yes, you can order popcorn straight from The Poppery!) This involves bagging and labelling the boxes of popcorn, ready to be picked up by the post lady/man. Shortly after this lunch commences, YES!

 

13:00- Still Popping in The Poppery

 

At one o’clock, it’s still go, go, go in The Poppery. The people love popcorn and we want to make sure the people get what they love! Roddy our Grand Popping Maestro is in charge of  poperations, making sure that the flavours are just right and that each kernel is popped at the correct temperature, he also loves a photoshoot if given the opportunity (see image above).

 

14:00- What’s Going on in the Warehouse?

 

Steve our wonderful warehouse manager will have spent many marvellous hours whizzing around on his fork lift by two o’clock; loading and unloading lorries, shifting pallets of popcorn to organise the ware house and transporting the freshly popped popcorn from The Poppery to the warehouse. He also is in charge of sorting all orders and making sure that they are ready to be sent out to the big wide world!

 

15:00- Feeling Peckish? You’re in the Right Place!

 

With the wonderful aroma of our freshly popped popcorn floating around in the air (you can smell it at the end of our road!), it’s quite common for us busy bees to feel a little peckish by three o’clock. Fortunately, we are in the right place to seek out a snack! We like to make sure our popcorn is super tasty and so at three o’clock we often partake in a taste test (not an official taste test but we deem it essential).

 

16:00- Keep the Popcorn Coming!

 

The operation of popping popcorn can be a long and busy process, as we endeavour to pop the equivalent of 66,667 ping balls worth of popcorn every hour! Some days our popcorn team can be popping from 7:30am-4:00pm, that’s the equivalent of 566,670 ping pong balls! Oh la la, that’s a lot!

 

17:00- Bye Bob, See you Tomorrow

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At five o’clock we wave goodbye to our mascot Bob the seagull and leave him in peace for the evening.

Guest Blogger Emma: Why She Loves Devon

Hi, I’m Emma, one of those ‘creative people’ now living in Devon… I spend my days blogging about Devon, photographing anything and everything, creating gifts, giving social media advice and trying to get to the beach with my Cyprus rescue dog, Lola and husband Mike! I quit the corporate world 18 months ago and never looked back! Based just outside Salcombe, I love nothing more than a windy beach walk or a day on the water, always camera in hand, trying to get that perfect Insta shot! You can find my insta page here: @emmathedevongirl

How I Ended up in Devon

My family moved to Devon from The Cotswolds in 2010. I stayed in the Cotswolds with my now husband and focused on working my way up the corporate ladder, until I started craving open seas and a more creative life. I packed my bags and quit my job in 2016 and off to Devon I went. After spending my summers at our Devon holiday home as a teenager, it really felt like I was heading back to Devon for a big holiday, the only difference this time, I still haven’t left! Time goes so fast down here, one minute you have a road completely to yourself in the middle of a frosty winter and the next you are picking the smallest lanes to try and avoid the tourists in summer! I have never worked harder, or been happier in my life!

Living a Devon life is something people talk about, even dream about. More and more people want to quit the rat-race in favour of a more simple life in the country, I am so lucky to be able to do this in my 20’s. I want to share this experience with the world, show everyone how wonderful Devon is, get them to come here on holiday or even get them to catch the bug and move here!

My Favourite spots in Devon

South Milton Sands is my go-to beach in the winter, but its just too busy nowadays in the summer, I often head to some of the other nearby beaches, such as Bigbury, North Sands or Bantham to mix it up a little!

Salcombe is one of my favourites places to wonder around – if you can get a parking space! It, again, gets pretty busy over the summer holidays, but there is so much to do and there really is something for everyone. I like to take the ferry over to the other side of the estuary and walk across the coast path to Gara Rock.

Another spot that I like is Noss Mayo. I recently visit this charming place, it was so pretty and the food in The Ship Inn (a very nice pub) was pretty tasty!

Devon Delicacies

I’m a true Devon cream tea girl – cream then a little jam on top! I also live for the sausage rolls at The Bake House in Salcombe and their salted caramel brownies! I am a great fan of finding new Devon based products, such as Portlebay Popcorn!

Have little sneak peak at my blog to find out even more about Devon, maybe you’ll discover a new place to go and explore? www.devongirl.co.uk

Brahma Studios- Taking up a New Hobby

As it’s the start of a new year , there’s no better time to take up a new hobby and set yourself some achievable and exciting goals for the year. We have reached out to the fabulous Christie who has told us a little about her and her photography, which started as a hobby but today is much more!

Christie of Brahma Studios works closely with those beginning new business adventures and specialises in photography, videography and graphic design. We adore her ‘photography for the wild folk’ which you can checkout on her instagram here!

 

Over to Christie…

Photography and design experience to date

I began experimenting with photography from a relatively young age. My dad had an old Olympus OM-1 that he let me play around with, I’d snap up some point and shoot bargains from charity shops and some cheap film from the pound shop. I really enjoyed the developing process and that the results were always really exciting and unique.

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How I got into photography and design

I actually don’t have a definitive answer for this one. I was definitely the creative one of my family, possibly a trait I got from my dad and grandad. I was always doodling, painting, writing and then came the camera.

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What inspires me?

My inspiration often comes from the places I visit – especially coastal areas. I particularly love Cornwall and it’s rugged coastline, I’m really lucky to live in the south west and have the coast so close to me. I always feel inspired when I get back from a successful trip away. I’ve just got back from Bali, it’s such an inspirational place, I came back with lots of ideas.

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The equipment I used when I was a beginner

I had a relatively basic SLR when I started college, before this I was using a bog standard camera that my parents bought me for school trips, it was probably about 5 mega pixels!

An entry level SLR will do just fine, cameras are so advanced now it all depends what you want to achieve, decide your budget and talk to photographers about their experiences with their kit. Once you’ve bought your camera, maybe go to a few workshops on how to use it, personally I find it’s so much easier to learn from playing around with your gear rather than reading a manual.

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Again, workshops are really useful for this. So book yourself into one to learn the basics, I have learnt A LOT from other people teaching me their tricks.

Exploring Photography

Once you’re comfortable with your kit, go out and find your inspiration, I have covered a range of subjects over my time, including fashion, portraiture, landscapes and more recently food!

I found that getting out of my comfort zone was really rewarding, as someone who is naturally shy, meeting up with models was unthought of. I forced myself to break out of the comfort and meet people, message small companies and even get involved with competitions, something a few years ago I would never have dreamt doing.

In life I believe you should find what you love doing and really explore it, whether it’s photography, dance, a sport, writing poetry, travel, there is so much out there to really get stuck into.

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We are very fond of Christie’s work, and hope that if you haven’t already, you feel  inspired to wake-up tomorrow morning and pursue something new and totally thrilling!

 

Don’t forget to have a peak at Brahma Studios website for extra inspiration!

 

Still looking for a new hobby? Take a peak at our post ‘ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer’, all about giant knitwear and knitting! We think we might take it up, it’s very cool!