As you all know already, here at Always You Photography we love an engagement shoot! It’s a great way to ease a couple who might be slightly camera-shy into relaxing in front of their wedding photographer and allow their natural chemistry to shine through – a great warm-up for the big day itself!
When Laura and Simon first met me, they definitely felt nervous about being photographed all day – and they opted to have an engagement shoot to help out.
The shoot itself took place in Leigh Woods, near Bristol – a lovely spot with lots of scenic paths, interesting features and fantastic light at the right time of day!
With all our eyes cast firmly on the weather forecast, we got lucky with a slightly overcast but generally sunny day – Laura and Simon dressed smart/casual, and we took a walk around the various winding paths through the trees at Leigh Woods to see what inspiration we found!
It was great to see how quickly Laura and Simon both relaxed into their surroundings – so many times when a couple think they are camera shy, it is because they have had to pose for photos. I approached it by trying to make the whole thing more relaxed, suggesting backdrops and placements but not interfering too much in their natural interactions while I took the shots.
The array of foliage and different settings at Leigh Woods allowed us to get creative, using lots of soft-focus angles and foreground objects combined with the natural woodland lighting made for some lovely, dreamy shots of the happy couple!
After editing up and delivering the happy couple their photos, Laura said:
“Just been looking through our engagement shots and wants to say a huge THANKS! Beautiful photos, captured some lovely backgrounds and the staging/lighting is amazing - magical look to them all! :) :) You managed to direct two incredibly awkward, camera shy people to look natural and happy and totally at ease - which couldn't have been easy, so extra thank you for that too!”
All in a days work!
We’re so thrilled and can’t wait for the big day itself - what more could a wedding photographer want?