So....... that was Summer!

Three months since I last blogged and what a whirlwind of a time I have had. 

The summer has been an exciting mix of work and entertainment. Airshows from as far north as Ayr to as far south as Torbay and all the way to the east for Duxford. Portrait shoots for dogs and children; on beaches and in the rain. Six confirmed weddings for 2018 and more on the cards. Motor cars, carousels and Revivals. I've watched the Typhoon display whilst wearing my bikini and shot Mustangs at sunset in my pyjamas. It's been non stop.

So let's look at some of the highlights starting with the dogs... Meet Morag and Angus, two wonderful friendly spaniels who I met for a beach shoot in Scotland. 

Next we had Bella, a very sweet natured and well mannered Westie. Bella was a delight to shoot in natural light in familiar surroundings. 

The airshows took up a lot of my time, both in terms of travelling and processing. Images were requested by many of the display teams, including the Couteau Delta, The Red Devils and the Great War Display Team. The Royal Air Tattoo was a mixed bag this year, mainly due to the weather but the late addition to my travels of the Scottish Airshow did not disappoint with gorgeous light, seaside location and the added bonus of hot and fiery pyrotechnics. It was nice to get a close look at the landing of the RAF Falcons; I always think the parachute display teams always add a bit of something different to proceedings. Here are some of their shots. 

The absolute highlight of the year has to be the three glorious days I spent at the Goodwood Revival. Vintage fashion, motorcars and aircraft; it was dreamy. A step back in time to the good old days when gentlemen were dapper, ladies were classy and everything had a sense of quality and longevity. It was greet to meet the wonderful Ted Higgins and to be shown around the paddocks. The knowledge and passion he shares not only for the cars he cares but also for the era (and the aircraft) is intoxicating. One of the nicest, most genuine people I've met on my adventures, he took the time out of his schedule to allow me to take some great behind the scenes shots.... and a sneaky once of lifetime chance at shooting the new Aston Martin Rolex boxed on top of the bonnet of a vintage Aston Martin, no less! Gaining the shot was all a bit cloak and dagger but those who know me know how tenacious I can be when I set my mind to something! The weekend also saw me shooting the stunning Miss Helen  - P51 Mustang - at sunset, from our campsite, whilst wearing my pyjamas.. Another once in the lifetime experience!

I'll be sharing some more of the images from the Revival on my Instagram @carlyhodgesphotography over the coming weeks with the air display section being released on @vintagedakota1. Here are a few teasers. 

So what is next for Carly Hodges Photography? Well,  six weddings are booked and more enquiries on a daily basis for the company Devon Rose Photography (, a cake smash, a couple's shoot and the release of the fun and slightly soggy images I took at the weekend,  where the lovely family did not let the rain stop play and we rocked out on Plymouth Hoe with some rather fabulous brightly-coloured umbrellas! I can't wait to share those images with you but as they are for a special occasion, I will have to keep you in suspense for a little longer. 

Until next time, Smile for the Camera

Love Carly x