Lake District Engagement Shoot, Windermere

Lake District Engagement Shoot, Windermere

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that mean the most and todays Lake District engagement shoot, based in Ambleside and on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere is simple, beautiful and captures the couples laidback personalities perfectly.

As part of our wedding planning meetings we like to get to know you both. What do you like, what do you both do for fun? Why have you chosen a Lake District Engagement photoshoot? We try to build these into your engagement session so for example if you love walking in the park, fab let’s base our shoot in your favourite park. Obviously, based in the Lake District we have to get those fells in the shot too! After all they’re the reason you choose the Lake District as your engagement shoot location.

Alternatively, if he proposed over fish and chips by lake Windermere, lets recreate the romance!

And of course we’ve got to include the ring shots!

So there you have it beautiful photos set in the heart of the English Lake District. No inspiration blog would be complete without giving you details of the creatives involved:

Photography – Radiance Photography
HAMU – Hair and Make-up by Saskia
Jewellery – The London Victoria Ring Co
Direction – The Alternatives

If you love this photo-shoot inspiration be sure to check out our autumn engagement inspiration.

Barnard Castle Engagement Portraits

Barnard Castle Engagement Portraits

On a sunny, but windy day at the picturesque Barnard Castle in Co Durham, we met Mary and Michael, and their son Elijah for their engagement portraits. Mary and Michael soon warmed to the camera and relaxed into their lifestyle portrait session and we created some beautiful images using the castle ruins and river as a dramatic back drop.

Elijah, however, was quite shy to begin with, but once we had become firm friends his character shone through as can be seen in his playful grin and cheeky face-pulling which made us all laugh.

To see more images from this photo-shoot be sure to check out their gallery here.

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I’m really excited to be photographing their Lake District wedding later this year.

Do you have any special places you’d love to be photographed in? Let us know.

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5 Engagement Photo Shoot Tips

5 Engagement Photo Shoot Tips

Hello, my lovely ladies, here are my top 5 engagement photo shoot tips.  I’m sure you are all aware that many photographers offer you an engagement photo shoot prior to your big day and of course it is up to you whether you choose to have one.  Now, depending on how far away your wedding is, this is a great time to get dressed up, have some fun together and reconnect with a little time for yourselves away from the wedmin. 

Its always wise to consider how you would like your portfolio of images to look so I thought I’d share just a few hints and tips to help you prepare for your photographs.

Make-up

Obviously, we all want to look our best and so a little make up can go a long way.  From my own wedding, I can tell you that make-up for camera is heavier than your normal everyday look.  This may give you a good opportunity to use your chosen make-up artist before your big day (a trial run, if you will, without giving the game away to your spouse to be).  Knowing you look good helps you to feel more confident in front of the camera.

Hair

Alongside make-up, your hair can make a big difference to how you feel.  It makes sense to schedule an appointment a week before your photoshoot to make sure your roots are retouched and locks are trimmed and styled to perfection.  Failing this, a good blow-dry on the morning of your shoot can make you feel a million dollars.  I know I definitely fall into this category!

Hands and Nails

Like it or not these will be the feature of a number of shots – it is your engagement session after all!  Moisturise your hands well in the weeks leading up to your shoot and, if you love manicures, grab yourself an appointment to get your nails done.  If you want your images to be timeless go easy on the colour and decoration and stick to beautiful nude and pink shades.  This will allow you to have outfit changes with no clashing!

Engagement Ring

Whether you have a brilliant cut diamond or a cushion cut gem, if you have been wearing (and loving) your engagement ring for a while, the week before your shoot may be a good time to have it professionally cleaned.  Once you get it back, don’t wear it, save it for the day of the shoot for maximum sparkle. This advice also applies to your wedding day!

Clothing

Here is the time to show your personality.  Make sure you are comfortable in the clothes you are wearing.  Don’t go out and buy the latest style only to feel uncomfortable during your shoot.  Your face will tell all.  Much better to wear a trusted, favourite dress (or whatever) that you know you look good in.  This will help you feel more relaxed and you will enjoy your experience much more.  You can, of course, co-ordinate your outfit with your other half for a more considered final look.

I hope you’ve found these hints and tips useful.  If you’d like to know more or would like to book your lifestyle engagement shoot hit the button below.

We’d love a lifestyle shoot

Autumnal Engagement Shoot

Our gorgeous autumnal engagement shoot.  I mean, what more do you need than a happy couple, lovely venue, gorgeous light and beautiful autumnal colours?

Wax jackets and tweed sing of a country lifestyle and go perfectly with denim.  What could be better suited to an autumn walk in the woods? The amber leaves glow in the sunlight creating warm dappled light underneath.

Would you love a lifestyle engagement session like this?  Hit the button below to book your session.

We’d love a lifestyle photoshoot

With thanks to Aspire Photography Training.

An engagement shoot?  Yes please!

An engagement shoot?  Yes please!

One of the current trends in wedding photography is an engagement shoot. Now, these may seem like a bit of a waste of time for us gents, but hold on, there may be more to this than meets the eye. When I was getting married, this was something I wasn’t too fussed about, as it seemed like just another afternoon consumed by wedding activity. However, it turned out to be a great idea, and a very valuable experience. And here’s why:

  1. Comfort.
    Here’s a common scenario. On your big day, it’s that time, after the ceremony, where you all get together for the photos of the family and friends. You get close to your new wife, look at the camera, and pull the most unconvincing smile ever as you feel totally uncomfortable.  Imagine if there was a way to meet and spend a few hours with the photographer before the wedding day, get to know them a little and get used to standing in front of the camera….
  2. Relaxation.
    The engagement and lead up to a wedding can be a bit of a blur to some. There’s so much to sort, so many things to plan and arrange, that a lot of the time your head is all over the place. An engagement shoot gives you chance to slow down, and actually spend some quality time with your partner, away from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning (at least for an afternoon).
  3. Ideas.
    On an engagement shoot, there’s no time pressure for the perfect photo, so you can experiment. Bounce ideas off the photographer. You always wanted that photo of you and your wife stood on the top of Ben Nevis? Well, now’s the time to find out if its feasible. Even your most elaborate plans may be possible, so discuss it now while you have the photographer’s full, undivided attention.
  4. Photos.
    Obvious, right? But hang on, look around your house. How many photos do you actually have of you and your beautiful fiancée that aren’t selfies or holiday snaps? An engagement shoot is a perfect time to get some professional photos to fill a few picture frames for that gap on the living room wall.
  5. Comfort.
    I know this has already been mentioned, but it is so important. You want your wedding photos to look perfect, a set of images to capture the emotion and joy of the day. This isn’t possible if you look like you’re stood in a pair of wet underpants. In order to get those amazing shots, you have to appear comfortable and natural in front of the lens. And the only way to do it is to get used to being in the centre of the camera viewfinder.

There are other reasons why an engagement shoot can be beneficial to the groom, but I think the above are reasons enough to consider the possibilities of how a professional photo shoot before the big day can help to make you, and your intended, much more comfortable and relaxed when the time comes to capture those perfect wedding memories on film.

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