The Finished Head Sculpture

So, here we go. Sarah has finished Chenin’s head. Wow! Such an incredible piece of work. How someone can create this from a lump of clay is beyond me. It’s a truly amazing thing to have of our daughter.

It has to sit now for about 2 months (if I’ve remembered correctly) and then it goes into the oven. Seeing it turn from grey to terracotta orange will be another exciting moment. Watch this space for that!

Huge thanks to Sarah Bradpiece at The Art House Umbria. Sarah will take commissions for head sculptures so if this is something that you would like to have done of a family member then please drop me a line or contact Sarah directly through her website link above.

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Wedding Photographer: Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda: Neil & Louise

Amy was the wedding photographer at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy for Neil & Louise’s wedding.

I stayed up at Lake Garda as just 2 days after Phil & Lianne’s wedding, I was there to capture the wedding of Neil & Louise. The heat-wave continued and Neil & Louise had arranged a very relaxed, low-key affair. Lots of fun and laughter all day long. After the day, they were off around Italy for their honeymoon with a load of their friends. Brilliant!

Love Louise’s hair-style.

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Beautiful bouquet over lace – perfect.

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A bit nervous, Neil waits on the Castle steps for Louise to arrive.

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The guests waving to Louise as she arrives at the bottom of the Castle steps. You’ve got to be fit to get married at Malcesine Castle!

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Love this one.

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Louise and her girls.

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A wander around the Castle for a handful of photographs. A request for a relaxed vibe captured :-)

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Confetti on the steps!

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Walking through the town to the old port. Wonderful old buildings.

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Neil in the Palazzo dei Capitani.

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Love this one of the little flower girls. So cute.

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More relaxed vibe captured.

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A lovely meal down one of the back-streets in Malcesine: a wonderful setting.

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I grabbed Neil & Louise just one more time for 2 minutes to capture a gorgeous end to a gorgeous day.

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Chilled out. Great fun. Intimate, relaxed affair. Just as I like it :-) Thanks guys, Amy x

Artist Sarah Bradpiece sculpts Chenin: an update

A month or so ago, I wrote a post about a wonderful local artist Sarah Bradpiece and how lucky we felt when she asked if she could do a sculpture of our daughter Chenin’s head. If you missed the post, here it is:

Sarah Bradpiece creates a terracotta sculpture of Chenin

I wanted to photograph the sculpture as it was being created, as much for our memories as anything but also to spread the word about Sarah’s amazing talent and the work that she produces. As I said in my initial post, the sculpture will be part of Sarah’s exhibition in the Umbrian town of Umbertide in late spring where it will be on display and for sale.

The sculpture is now a ‘work in progress’ and I have photographed its first 2 phases so far.

The starting point. Get some clay onto the stick!

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Next phase and you can really see it starting to take shape.

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Sarah works from photographs pasted up in her studio.

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How wonderful is this? I love it.

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Not Chenin’s head but Sarah’s cat Sicily posing for me. Sarah has a beautiful house in a VERY beautiful place. She plans to open it up as a Bed & Breakfast in the coming months so watch this space.

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Sarah already runs Art Holidays in Umbria. Take a look at her website for more information. Back soon with the next phase of the head! Amyx

Wedding Photographer: Malcesine Castle & Al Corsaro, Lake Garda: Phil & Lianne

Amy was the wedding photographer at Malcesine Castle & Al Corsaro, Lake Garda, Italy for Phil & Lianne’s wedding.

Back up to beautiful Lake Garda and the wedding of Phil & Lianne at Malcesine Castle followed by a reception at Al Corsaro. I’ve photographed in both venues on many occasions and know Malcesine town and the Castle like the back of my hand however, this wedding offered a new adventure for me and that was a trip over to the town of Limone. I’ve travelled nearby on boats many times but have never had the opportunity to jump off the boat and see the town itself. I loved it! It’s very colourful and was great for the guests and it made for an activity-packed wedding day.

Just outside of the bar that we stopped at in Limone, there was a fountain that reminded me exactly of the one at the start of Friends. The bridesmaids had bright umbrellas and so I had great fun behind the lense for the half hour that we were there. Take a peek:

Phil & Lianne got ready at the beautifully-placed Lake Front hotel.

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Lovely bouquet and colour-theme.

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Love this one of Lianne and her girls.

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Emotional moments.

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Happy times after the ceremony.

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Taken on Malcesine Castle steps.

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Confetti!

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Taking the boat to Limone after a champagne reception on the Malcesine lake-side.

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A hint of Friends!

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Heading back to Malcesine now and a unique view of the town.

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Taken in the Palazzo dei Capitani in Malcesine and using a busker as a prop!

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A bit of time down some of the Malcesine back-streets with the Bride & Groom.

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Al Corsaro now all ready for the guests to arrive.

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Bubbles!

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Love this one taken during speeches.

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Sun starting to set now and the Bride & Groom have had a glass or two of bubbly :-)

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Love this one.

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Catching the garter!!

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Time for a PhotoBooth!

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Made it to the First Dance.

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What a fun-filled, busy, fabulous wedding day! Thanks to Phil & Lianne for having me capture it for them. Amy x