manon houston

Food Photographer & Stylist

Heartwood Saunas

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I photographed for Heartwood Saunas, which are handmade in Wales using wood from the forest which surround owner and company founder Olly Davey’s workshop. The design and craftsmanship are incredible, the huge glass front makes it a really special experience using the sauna at night, at an incredible location or in Welsh, rainy, stormy weather.

The saunas are portable so that they can be rented and taken to different locations. We took one up a forestry in Machynlleth, Mid North Wales, for a lifestyle shoot. The rainy weather made for great photographs, showing how cosy and steamy the sauna can be in the cold. Though I was just photographing, I could imagine what an experience it would be to sit in the heat looking out of the glass front at the dramatic scene of the forest while the rain poured down.

We did a second shoot with the sauna when it was rented out by one Michelin star restaurant, Ynys Hir. The sauna looked beautiful on the grounds of the hall, surrounded by trees and rhododendrons.