I don’t always blog pre wedding photoshoots but couldn’t resist this time because not only were Stuart and Jade a great couple to work with, (honestly though my couples always are), but also to show how lucky we were with such beautiful sunset!
We scheduled in Jade and Stuarts pre wedding photoshoot, sometimes known also as an engagement shoot, for 6.45pm on a day in August, pretty much an hour before sunset also known as ‘the golden hour’, where the light can be beautiful if the weather plays ball, which it did!
Jade and Stuart have been together since school and booked me to photograph their wedding after I photographed Jade’s friends wedding a few years back. Only having spoken on the phone, their photoshoot provided an ideal opportunity to meet and get to know each other better before their wedding day in November.
So working with the available light and later on with an off camera flash and softbox we took a walk around the farm to get some photos of the two of them. I must at this point say thanks to my assistant on the day, Emma, who as always carried stuff for me without complaint and did a great job with the holding the light!
Jade and Stuart soon relaxed into their roles and were happy to do whatever I asked of them. I knew how beautiful the light was looking and what a difference it was going to make to the resulting photos but Jade was so surprised when she received the link to the gallery, she couldn’t quite believe how they turned out!
Quite often at a wedding, the time at which couple shots can be done are dictated by the time of the wedding breakfast, speeches, cake cutting etc. I understand this completely but how I wish when I see great light we could always capitalise on it, what a difference it can make!
So when planning your wedding it might be something you take into consideration, don’t get me wrong I’m all for letting the day run smoothly without interruptions from me, but if you’d like to make sure you have great light for your couple photographs do these things:- Allow some time during that hour before sunset for some photos and keep your fingers crossed its not a grey and rainy day!