Dorset Wedding Photographer
Having reintroduced engagement sessions (or pre-wedding shoots) into my 2015 packages, it feels great to be covering these sessions again and having the opportunity to meet and spend a bit more time with my couples before their weddings. As a Dorset Wedding Photographer who is booked around the UK and for destination weddings, logistically it simply isn't always possible to meet like this, but in 2015, we're making it work.
The only condition with including engagement shoots again is that they have to take place in my neck of the woods. However, with plenty of stunning locations such as this shoot at Hengistbury Head and it's cliffs reminiscent of Broadchurch, people are happy to make the time to head down to the coast or alternatively the nearby New Forest National Park for their sessions.
This past weekend I met and photographed three couples who are getting married later in the year. The first session was with Matt & Anna who are getting married at the rather stunning Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire in May. I was looking forward to getting back there anyway (it's a brilliant venue) and am even more so now after spending some time with these two.
I knew from the weather forecast that the easterly winds would be cold, and really should have known better than just wearing a shirt and t-shirt. Us southerners are known for being overly optimistic (me in particular) and I'd been lulled into a false sense of warmth and brief sunshine in my own garden earlier in the morning. Getting out of the car I instantly regretted my lack of warm clothing. Anna & Matt were far better prepared.
The whole session was a textbook example of how useful an pre-wedding photography session can be. Both Matt and Anna had said to me from the outset that they were nervous, uncomfortable, daunted, worried, etc, etc, about how it would be, thinking it would feel forced, unnatural or just plain awkward. As the time passed they both completely relaxed into it and became visibly more comfortable. An engagement shoot is undeniably more intense and forced than photographs on the wedding day itself, so becoming more comfortable with it has to be a good thing.
I did try something a little different during this shoot which I've not had a chance to do before. It did add to the awkwardness at times, but I'm hoping the results which will follow separately will be worth it. Just a little teaser there...
I had a lot of fun - I pretty sure they did too - and there's no denying that they both look great in what I think ended up as a natural and comfortable set of images.