The Day That are a talented team of photographers, editors, framers and customer delight enthusiasts who are all passionate about growing one of the most unique and sentimental personalised gift companies in the UK.
We wouldn’t be what we are without these talented people.
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Gavan had the original idea of taking a picture of the sunrise every day after the birth of his eldest daughter Ella, back in 2005. He set up the business on the longest day, June 21st of the same year and the business has been running ever since. He ran it on his own for the first year, which he admits was a hard slog but it soon became apparent that there was a business to be had and started to grow it.
After a couple of years away, Gavan has come back into the fold and can again be seen early in the morning on the beaches around Carbis Bay and St Ives capturing the beauty of every new dawn.
Gavan has been working on expanding the TDT social media reach whilst pulling on a wealth of knowledge from the past 15 years.
Away from The Day That, Gavan is very busy working on diverse personal photography projects such as “A portrait of a Fin” taking pictures of old surf fins. He produced a book recently, “Black Dog“. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Gavan became an NHS volunteer and started delivering meds to the local community and being a photographer, he has been working on a project “The Isolated in Isolation”.
In his spare time, he can be seen on the water on his SUP or on a tennis court
Sarah joined The Day That in February 2018 and is our newest recruit. Originally a still life and garden photographer, she decided to push herself out of her comfort zone and working for TDT has certainly done that on occasion! From 3.30am starts in summer to standing in driving rain and wind in half darkness at high tide in winter, Sarah sometimes thinks she must be crazy to be a TDT photographer but says the beauty she has witnessed and the exhilaration of facing the elements keeps her going.
Away from The Day That, Sarah works as a still life and fine art photographer, specialising in botanicals and garden photography. She exhibits regularly and loves the contrast between her work capturing the dawns for TDT and the dreaminess of working intuitively with nature and flowers to produce a very different form of art photography. It certainly keeps her on her toes! You can see Sarah’s other work on www.sarahjanefrost.com or on her Instagram page @sarahjanefrost_
Sarah is an utter professional when she’s working, committing herself 100% to the task in hand and is known to zone out completely when approached by anyone on the beach. Well that’s her excuse anyway for being slightly less than chatty in the mornings!
Andrew is the only member of the team who turns up at the studio with a briefcase. He’s one of those rare individuals that can create a big vision, has the ability to deliver it and, most importantly, knows how to develop and inspire a team to deliver it with him.
Andrew’s career has focused on developing and implementing commercial and business development strategies within a diverse range of companies.
Andrew has a huge amount of knowledge and experience that is invaluable to The Day That.
Andrew’s favourite motto is “lift and stick” and can be frequently heard muttering it around the studio. Sometimes the early starts do get a little too much for him and he can be found napping.
Away from The Day That Andrew keeps busy with a number of investments across a broad range of industries. He also loves to keep fit and count the calories.
Kieran has been working for The Day That longer than he can remember. He’s the current record holder for TDT dawns with over 1000 early starts including 5 Christmas mornings! He can therefore definitely class himself as a morning person and is never afraid to brave the elements, or push the boundaries with his banter.
Kieran is in charge of editing and quality control here at The Day That, ensuring the dawn images taken meet the high standards needed for your beautiful prints. Kieran is responsible for accumulating all the images after the morning shoots and editing them down into the best handful and uploaded for sale in a print ready format.
Away from The Day That (once he’s had his morning power nap), Kieran runs an award winning photography and video company www.kbrimsonphotography.com specialising in commercial and interiors (along with epic seascapes, of course).
Kieran loves company in the mornings, so feel free to bring him a cup of coffee if you spot him on the beach. If you ever see him scuttling back towards his car, it’s often because he’s forgotten to put the memory card in.
Tobi has been working for TDT for over two years and has enjoyed every moment of it – despite seeming to be team member that attracts the cloudy, wet weather even in the height of summer!
He’s earned his nickname “Storm Chaser” due to invariably falling on the rota during some of the wildest mornings we’ve seen. However he takes it all in his stride and still manages to find beauty at sunrise on the 60mph windy mornings with rain driving at his face and camera lens.
His favourite spot to photograph from has to be Porthgwidden beach, due to the wonderful aqua colours in the sea and the calmness that can be found at dawn here.
When not on TDT duty Tobi works as a news photographer for the local paper – The St Ives Times & Echo – and writing, photographing for, and designing walking and climbing guide books.
Doug has been involved in the retail, gift and corporate event industries throughout his career and enjoys The Day That for the uniqueness that it brings to the sector and the future opportunity for the brand.
Known for offering a unique point of view, Doug is adept at thinking of the 3rd person in any situation, be that the gift receiver, the customer or indeed the supplier. Doug heads up the operations for The Day That and enjoys working with his colleagues on strategy, forward thinking and surpassing customer expectation.
He’s a great lover of the Westcountry having grown up holidaying in the South Hams, Devon and now resides in Topsham, Exeter with his family. He is often seen making the most of calm evenings on the water with his trusty RED, or chasing his kids down the mountain come winter.
Tom is a lover of all things water. Frequently found in a wetsuit before / after and sometimes during a shoot he embraces every new day.
Tom’s interest in The Day That came about when he received a picture for the birth of his first child and as they say, the rest is history.
He’s been involved in digital marketing since 2000 and is responsible for ensuring every part of your online journey is an enjoyable one. Customer delight is at the heart of everything Tom strives for, and he loves seeing all the messages of praise that come in from happy customers.
Away from The Day That, Tom can be found frequently checking the weather forecast to see what watersport action lies ahead. He has two young children and loves making the most of everything the westcountry has to offer.
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