Coffee & Cake with Verity Westcott
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
We’re still waiting for the green light from the Government allowing us to re-commence weddings. We understand that the relaxation of lockdown must happen sensibly and safely for all: But I can’t lie, it’s been hard to see so many couples disappointed and heartening to see how many of the businesses we work with are going the extra mile for couples to ensure that, when it is safe and permissible to go ahead with weddings again these weddings will be just as special and love-filled as ever. The press over last weekend gave us all hope that smaller weddings of up to 10 (?) may well be permissible in the coming months, but as yet the Government has not confirmed this. In the meantime, we continue to re-arrange existing bookings, and take new bookings for 2021.
Given the extended lull in business as usual for us, I caught up with Verity Westcott, one of the super-talented and truly lovely wedding photographers based in Cornwall. I wanted to find out a bit more about her and her passion for photography. Here’s a little insight into the woman behind the lens.
Verity at her own elopement in Las Vagas by Kerry Diamond Photography
If we could meet up in the flesh, where would you choose?
If we could meet, it would either be a good pub I LOVE The Driftwood in St Agnes! In the evening it’s great for a lovely wine or in the day it turns into a coffee shop, where my dogs are allowed, they are super chilled and serve decent coffee.
What would you order?
Oat milk latte & toast and marmite, I’m not really a sweet tooth kind of gal.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My dogs literally get me out of bed every morning! They need a walk and a sing song as soon as their puppy dog eyes are open! My morning routine consists of a walk and then music. I LOVE to listen to musicals in the morning to wake-up myself and the hounds.
How do you find running your own business?
Being self-employed is so amazing, I love having my own schedule, taking breaks to read and or visit the beach when I need to see the sea. Yes, I am sea dependant!
Being self-employed means that I can work a flexible schedule. I am not really a morning person, so I prefer to work in the afternoon into the evening. You can often find me editing late on into the night, with a good podcast in the background and a glass of red.
Tell about you passion for wedding photography.
I absolutely LOVE my job, being part of peoples’ most special day is such an honour, I love that I get to capture each couple’s unique story, I am for ever grateful to be a part of their experience. The ups and the downs. Every wedding is so different, I appreciate the relationships I form with my couples. As their wedding photographer I am with the couple for pretty much the whole day. Through the nerves, the emotion, the love and all the laughter. It is always a real roller coaster of a day, and I relish all the emotions and excitement.
I have been asked to be a witness several times, and this always gets me right in the feelers. It is such an honour, to be a part of the ceremony. I cry at most wedding ceremonies and the dads’/mums’ speeches always get me as well. Such a privilege to bear witness to every beautiful moment in each couples’ day.
Describe your style of photography.
My style of photography is alternative, colourful, cool, romantic portraits with a dramatic edge to them. I take a lot of shots, the details that you may be too busy to notice while you are having fun with your guests - until you receive your wedding images. Rules are meant to be broken, my wedding photography is done your way, with no rules lists or awkward poses.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not behind your camera?
When I am not shooting weddings, I love to read & to watch horror films, the scarier the better. I am also an avid traveller, wanderlust is my middle name, new places, new people, new adventures.
Post Covid HUGGING MY MUM & dad, and having the hen do I missed out on thanks, to the Corona.