The season of love is always with us and new romances may strike at any time!
Recently it was my pleasure to spend time with one such blossoming relationship, that of recently engaged Claire and Matt. What a super couple they are and whose plans are quickly taking shape to get married later in the year in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I caught up with Claire and Matt in Ely, where we had agreed to spend an hour or two walking around within the rich ambience of this ancient cathedral city. I was there to photograph the two of them interacting naturally together - as naturally as they could under the circumstances - and to capture images for them to keep for future memory and posterity.
A pre-wedding shoot is something that Andrew Wilkinson Photography offers free of charge to all couples who hire me as their wedding photographer for a full day's package. The benefits work both ways:
I love the 'pre-weeding shoot' because I love meeting new people. Everyone is different and I get to learn so many interesting facts about what they do, the experiences they've had, their values and opinions, as well as their hopes and ambitions for the future.
The shoot itself is quite a casual event unfolding with my general direction. With a common objective in mind the actual process will capitalise on and be influenced by many factors, such as the surroundings, the weather, choosing to pop into a cafe, and a bit of experimentation. On the whole a pre-wedding shoot is a lot of fun and laughs. At one point, when we were down by the river, I asked a boat owner if we might step aboard and take one or two photographs in that setting. The man was most obliging and simply left us to our own deices as he wandered off to do something else. I trust he was the owner!
Here are some love quotes for you to enjoy:
I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space and liberty
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, the pretty follies that themselves commit
I would not wish any companion in the world but you
This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.
The Techi Bits
There are no real rules here, but it is a good idea to make the best of the time available:
The only other thing that comes to mind is to ask the couple to dress 'appropriately'. Now that is wide open to interpretation, but smart casual is, perhaps a good starting point.
I hope you have enjoyed a little of this shared experience. If you have any photography requirements - weddings, corporate, headshots, portfolios, parties, gigs, blogshots, website pics, please contact me or give me a call and I'll be more than happy to have a no-obligation chat with you.
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