My adopted home county of Yorkshire is famous for a lot of things, not least its Dales and Moors. It is also rather famous for Bettys cafe tearooms, which enjoy a reputation for exquisite cakes, patisserie and afternoon tea. There are six throughout Yorkshire, all of which draw visitors from far and wide. I’ve been to three of them and have never tasted a finer Fondant Fancy. I was delighted therefore, when I was invited to take part in a photo shoot for the Bettys at Harlow Carr. My reply was an instantaneous yes. After all, how could I resist the promise of Bettys treats, a professional photographer and a make-up artist?
Preparing For The Photo Shoot
Two other bloggers took part in the photo shoot too, Victoria, The Harrogate Girl and Raj, Momma Up North. We were asked to bring a selection of outfits and to wear our normal make-up which would be enhanced by make-up artist, Jancey Moorhouse.
We started at 7am to enable us to complete the shoot the before the first customers arrived. The people in the background are “extras” and are, in the main, regular customers. It was the first time that Vicky, Raj and I had met, so what better way to break the ice than with a few selfies while we waited to start.
Breakfast At Bettys
The first story was breakfast. I had avocado and poached eggs on toast, just to prove that I’m a real blogger 😉 It was absolutely divine.
Drinks and Cake at Bettys
By this time, Victoria had to leave to go to her “day job,” which is actually in the Bettys marketing department. Raj and I changed changed outfits for the next story which was having a drink and a cake in another part of the cafe. I was delighted, that in the name of work, I got my favourite, a Fondant Fancy, to eat.
Outdoors At Harlow Carr
We had some more photographs taken in the shop and then made a final outfit change before going outside to Bettys Tea House, a charming outdoor eating area.
Bettys Tea House is a more informal setting. The dappled sunshine meant that it was absolutely idyllic. Perfect for a cup of tea and a Fat Rascal, one of Bettys specialities.
Behind The Counter At Bettys
I couldn’t resist sneaking behind the counter to take a few photographs before we finished. It’s clear to see why it has a widely acknowledged reputation for cakes and pastries.
The Professional Photographs
It was amazing to work with photographer, Olivia Brabbs and it’s lovely to see the final images which I think you’ll agree are all beautiful.
It was a privilege and a pleasure to take part in this photo shoot and it was wonderful to meet Vicky and Raj. They are wonderful women who write brilliant blogs. We laughed, chatted and bonded and I know that I gained two new friends. Thank you to Robyn Cox and the team from Bettys who made it happen and who looked after us so well.
Read about the yellow lace dress I wore in the breakfast photos here. See more of the cream pompom dress here and if the red roses on my last dress caught your eye, you can see much more of it here. I will be linking this post to I Will Wear What I Like, Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share.