A stroll around Edgeley Country Park

Deep in the beautiful Surrey countryside, not too far from Guildford, is a little villages called Farley Green. Next to the village is the Edgeley Country Park, a 26 acre site with carefully manicured grounds punctuated by clusters of luxury lodges.

Commercial Photography - Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Commercial Photography – Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

I have to admit that although I’ve lived in Guildford, Surrey for 20 years, I’d never been to Farley Green before. Needless to say, when I was commissioned to make a set of marketing images at Edgeley Country Park by the park manager, I hadn’t heard of them nor had any idea what to expect.

Commercial Photography - Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Commercial Photography – Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

“Peaceful tranquility” were the two words that kept coming to mind as I walked through the park. It was a lovely spot, cosy, happy and full of positive energy. It was a perfect summer’s day with deep blue skies and warm sunshine. The sweet scent of flowers and the music of birdsong were everywhere. It felt as if I’d been transported to a different universe.

Commercial Photography - Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Commercial Photography – Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

The Lodges were beautiful and extremely well equipped… Ultra modern kitchens… the latest HDTVs… and very spacious. It was as if I’d walked into a brand new, luxury apartment.

Commercial Photography - Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Commercial Photography – Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

The downside? It was the worst possible light a photographer could have. Bright, hard sunshine. Very difficult to work with – the highlights are too bright and the shadows too deep – the camera hates this kind of light as its can’t capture the full range of tones.

That’s the conundrum of the commercial photographer — we need a perfect summer’s day to show the venue looking at its best, but the lack of clouds cause major problems. If you don’t know what you’re doing that is…. Once you’ve learned how to work in this kind of light, to shape it, to control it, to use it to your advantage, life becomes a little better. Now we can work magic. Now we can make our images start to pop.

Commercial Photography - Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Commercial Photography – Edgeley Country Park, Guildford, Surrey

Hope you like this selection of images from Edgeley Country Park in deepest, darkest Surrey. They were a real joy to make for the client. If you could use images like these to promote your property, ping me and let me know. Always happy to quote.

Stay lucky,
Gavin

PS — if you liked this post, I’d love a share 🙂

Trackbacks & Pings

Share your thoughts...