When I first started this blog, one of the main things I intended to do, was showcase as much of Cornwall and what it has to offer, as possible.
Cornwall is an amazing county. There is a vibe down here that cannot be matched. Whether it’s the incredible landscape around every corner, or the sense of community that is still as strong now, as ever before.
In terms of jobs, talent and opportunities, Cornwall has completely turned a new leaf. Once very reliant on fishing, mining, agriculture and tourism, now Cornwall has so much more to offer for all generations, due to the creatives that are popping up all over the county. From Penzance, to Port Issac.
I am so proud to be introducing to you a new series that shows off some of the incredible talent that is in Cornwall today.
The new Made In Cornwall series, will shed light on a whole variety of different Cornish businesses and individuals. I can’t wait to let them showcase to you what they do, how they do it and what they love about working and living in Cornwall.
The first ‘Made In Cornwall’ interview is with talented photographer Olivia Bossert.
Tell us a bit about your business. Why and when did you start it and what do you do?
I’m a fashion and wedding photographer living in Falmouth, but I’m originally from Geneva in Switzerland! I moved to Cornwall in 2010 to study at Falmouth University, and never really intended to stay here past my degree. However, I fell in love with Cornwall, and a boy… and now I can’t seem to leave!
I’ve had a camera glued to me since I was about 15 when I first became interested, and never stopped taking photographs. I started out of pure inspiration and fascination, really. A desire to create (but not being very good at drawing!), and really loving taking portraits of people.
I specialise in fashion editorial work, so I work with brands to help them promote their businesses in a unique and beautiful way. Mainly that involves romantic, outdoorsy images, taking a lot of inspiration from Cornwall, and our surroundings.
I’m also a wedding and couple photographer! This has been quite a natural addition to my business, due to my romantic nature. I adore nothing more than capturing a sweet moment between two people in love!
What is your favourite thing about working and living in Cornwall?
The landscape we’re surrounded by, for sure. It inspires me to no end, and I’ll never get bored of heading out and exploring the county! In terms of the work, there is such a strong community, and it feels really tight nit. Everyone helps each other out, and I really love that.
What is your vision/dream for your business?
The vision is quite simple: to produce beautiful photographs. Be that for a couple on their wedding day, or for a brand to help them share their vision with the world. That’s all I could ever dream of.
Where is your favourite place to shoot in Cornwall?
That’s such a hard question. I do have a particular love for Kynance Cove though… thats probably a really obvious choice, but it is stunning! Otherwise, the Helford River is a place I adore as well.
What has been the highlight of running your own business?
Being able to work with people I love, being able to work from home, at my own pace, and to my own schedule, is something I feel so lucky to be able to do. And the fact that my job involves creating… that’s just the best!
What advice would you give to other people starting a business?
To stay inspired, and not let that pesky voice in your head tell you that you can’t do it. It will try to, but ignore it. Shut it out, and focus on the positive in you. It’s so hard, and very easy to get dragged down by doubt. But try hard not to. The main way for me has been to surround myself with positive, encouraging people who share similar visions to me, and continuously have new ideas being developed.
If I have projects to work on, I’m never not going to be inspired! And another piece of advice would be to share what you do with the world, and don’t be ashamed to. Don’t be embarrassed to talk about what you’re doing, and that hard work you’re putting into your business. People love to see what other people are up to!
What does a typical working day look like for you?
It depends. If I’m at home, it’s mostly likely spent at my desk doing emails (like this!), working on my website, editing, planning the next shoot… stuff like that. If I’m on a shoot, depending on how long it is, I could be out all day long, somewhere beautiful (or rainy – depending on what Cornwall decides to do!). Some shoots last all day, some last an hour. It depends on the project.
Is there another Cornish business or creative that you recommend for us to check out?
Oh my goodness, so many! Anna Clark (byrosanna.co.uk) is amazing if you’re looking for a wonderful web designer (and she writes a brilliant blog). If you want some amazing make up done for an event, or you’re looking for someone to do your nails, Ione Kutz (makeupbyione.com) is brilliant. Ailsa Munro (ailsamunrodressmaker.com) designs the most incredible dresses you’ve ever seen, as does Claire Headdon (http://www.clairelheaddon.com/). And if you’re interested in seeing more photography, Lizzie Churchill (lizziechurchill.com) is a great friend, and she’s super talented!
Describe Cornwall in no more than three words.
Rugged, Beautiful, Blue
We love Cornwall. There are so many places to walk, explore and eat. Where would you recommend us to visit in Cornwall?
The Helford River. If you haven’t already been, I urge you to. It’s got to be one of my favourite places in Cornwall.
Thank you so much Olivia for sharing with us what you do and what you love about the county. We love your tips for other people starting their own businesses . But, even more so love your recommendations of other Cornish creatives to check out.
What did you think about our interview with Olivia? Let us know in the comments below.