Royal College of Nursing – HCA magazine

HCA Magazine Cover Shoot

A recent magazine cover shoot sent me 123 miles northwest to the beautiful Welsh coastal town of Dolgellau.  The Royal College of Nursing publish the HCA magazine aimed at Health Care Assistants across the U.K. and I was commissioned to photograph their next cover.  Of course the Welsh weather played a part and it rained most of the way during the three hour journey.  I arrived at Dolgellau & Barmouth District Hospital a little early and I was greeted with rainbows, patches of blue sky and a sense that maybe the heavens will be kind for an hour or so.

I was there to meet Bethan Turner who works at the hospital and was recently awarded the RCN Wales, Health Care Worker of the year 2014 for her innovative ‘Welcome Brochure’ for patients.  She is also committed to lifelong learning and has recently completed her Assistant Practitioner Level 4 qualification.  This, as well as her collaborative approach to incorporate the Healthy Hearts campaign into her brochure, made her a perfect role model for the article and front cover.  After a quick introduction I explained the brief of the cover was with a rural setting backdrop. Bethan and her daughter knew of an abandoned hotel with beautiful views across the hills and off we went! As we traipsed over fields and five bar gates the rain started again!  I started to have that sinking feeling that photographers get when the weather is not being kind.  But … briefly the rain stopped and gave way to a patch of blue sky that appeared over the mountain.  Just enough time to try to get the cover shot!  With the light fading at the end of the afternoon, we dashed back and headed inside the hospital for a few more shots to finish.

I always enjoy portrait photography, partly due to the people I meet and Bethan was no exception.  With a quick goodbye, off I went 123 miles southeast back to Cardiff.