Hampstead Heath Pre-Wedding Shoot

Pre-Wedding

Jodie & Simon’s Mean ‘n’ Muddy True Love Story

What I love about pre-wedding shoots, no matter who or where they are, is is the ability to get to know the wedding couple much better ahead of the wedding day.  Getting to see how they are with each other and how they react in front of the camera means I get some great insights ahead of the wedding.

So yesterday’s pre-wedding shoot on a very muddy and very squelchy Hampstead Heath, in North London, with Jodi and Simon allowed me to get to know Jodi and Simon that much better, ahead of their wedding at the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square in Central London towards the end of March.

For instance, I found out that Jodi is chatty, fun but also very relaxed and easy going. Not one to make a big fuss about her wedding day. Simon is equally as easy going, straightforward and not a man who wants too much of a fuss in front of the camera.  Of course, this is fantastic news for me as a wedding photojournalist who specialises in a no nonsense and relaxed candid approach to wedding photography!

Here’s a few of the images from yesterday’s shoot. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

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Are you getting married and think you’d enjoy have a pre-wedding portrait shoot? Or perhaps you are looking for a London wedding photojournalist? I cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas, so I’d love to chat with you and hear all about your wedding plans.

Call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

You can see other True Love Stories here.

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Greenwich Park Pre-Wedding Photography in London – Steph & Paul

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Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot in Greenwich Park, London

Even though I am a London wedding photographer I am more than happy to shoot weddings anywhere in the UK, or even destination weddings abroad.  However, that said, nothing beats, as a London boy, a London location – especially for a pre-wedding photography shoot. It is, after all, a case of home sweet home! So when Steph and Paul, whose Bromley wedding photography I am honoured to be shooting later this year, suggested we do their pre-wedding portrait shoot in the gorgeous Greenwich Park,in south east London, I could hardly contain my excitement!

Greenwich Park, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and, quite rightly so, is world famous.  After all, it hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. It’s also the most historic of all the Royal Parks and dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. The park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral in the City beyond. It is, quite simply, one of the most perfect locations for a pre-wedding photography shoot.

Rain, Laughter and Great Photos

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Despite the fact that the morning started off with blazing sunshine it was if, almost on cue, the moment Steph and Paul turned up the sky clouded up and spots of rain began to fall.  The rain, which varied between light drizzle and occasional heavier bursts, basically persisted throughout the entire period of their pre-wedding photography session. An hour afterwards, as we laughingly predicted, things brightened up and the sun came out! You really couldnt have made it up any better.

But still, as I always tell wedding couples, you can’t control the weather on your wedding day, so whatever it is you work with it and even it make it a feature itself of the wedding photography. So we definitely had a few laughs through the shoot.  Clearly Steph and Paul are a fun couple and it became apparent early on, entirely comfortable being in front of the camera. But it was also quite clear, in-between shots, the great deal of love and affection they have for one another. I’m sure their wedding day in Bromley is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to be shooting their wedding photography.

The Aim of a Pre-Wedding Photography Session

Greenwich London pre wedding portrait photography

I always encourage my wedding couples to opt for a pre-wedding portrait session if they can (which is included free within my most popular wedding photography package The Wedding Storyteller).  It might seem a little at odds with me being a wedding photojournalist, who will primarily document the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way, to be offering what is a more formal portrait shoot ahead of your wedding day. But there are 3 good reasons why I do so:

  1. It’s a great way for us all to get to know one another better before the wedding day.  After all, as your wedding photographer, I will spend the most time with you on your wedding day, compared to all the other wedding vendors. So it’s much nicer to know one another more by the day.
  2. You get used to me photographing you.  It’s not always the most natural thing, for some couples, to be the main focus of a photographer over a period time, so a pre-wedding photography shoot ensures not only do you get used to it, but I can also get an idea of what works with you and the kind of things to look out for on your wedding day
  3. At the end of it you’ll end up with some beautiful portraits of you both!

I am currently offering a FREE pre-wedding portrait shoot with all of my wedding photography packages in 2016/17, if you book me before 31 August 2015.  For more details of this fabulous offer, you can read more here.  Or, if you would like to see more details about my various wedding photography collections and prices, they please click here.

Contact me

So if you enjoyed this Greenwich Park pre-wedding photography in London or are getting married in London or elsewhere and would like to have a friendly and informal chat with me about your wedding plans, then please do call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here.  I will be delighted to explain more about my unique and natural wedding photojournalism approach and how you too can get beautiful pre-wedding portraits like those of Steph and Paul’s below (just a very small random selection from the 250+ images they got from their pre-wedding photography session!)

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Northamptonshire Pre-Wedding Photography – Emily and Phil

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Kelmarsh Hall Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot

Next month I will be shooting the Northampton wedding photography of Emily and Phil, who will be tying the knot in the delightful Northamptonshire village of Chapel Brampton. So a week or so ago I caught up with the happy-couple-to-be to shoot their pre-wedding photography portraits.

We agreed to do the shoot in the beautiful surroundings of Kelmarsh Hall which is a Grade I listed country house, set in the rolling English countryside 11 miles north of Northampton. Built in 1732 and with stunning gardens, it really is a fantastic location in which to shoot a pre-wedding photography session.

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Beautiful Day, Wonderful Company

Although it had been a year since Emily and Phil booked me as their wedding photographer, I had seen them since when I was the wedding photographer at Phil’s sister’s wedding, also in Northamptonshire. So it was like to catching up with old friends immediately – and we were quickly chatting and laughing about all kinds of things. The fact that Phil has a keen interest in photography and has, himself, shot as a second photographer at weddings meant we were quickly boring Emily with more technical talk then I would usually submit a couple to!

With the sun shining, flowers in glorious bloom and a gentle breeze it really was a beautiful day to be out doing what I love in a fabulous setting and with great company. Sometimes being a wedding photographer can be so tough! But, hey, some of us have to do it.

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Wedding Photojournalism & Pre-Wedding Portrait Photography

Now, I know that as a pure wedding photojournalist who constantly talks about the importance of a natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to wedding photojournalism, it may seem a little unusual that I offer pre-wedding portrait shoots.  However, I actually find they are really useful for us to get to know one another before a wedding and for the happy-couple-to-be to get used to me photographing around them. So, yes, whilst I do shoot the wedding day itself in a predominantly wedding reportage style (depending on the package) I do find pre-wedding portrait shoots are incredible useful and enjoyable.  And who can grumble about getting some beautiful portraits into the bargain?

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I’m sure you will agree that the pre-wedding photos from Emily and Phil’s shoot at Kelmarsh Hall are beautiful.

If you are getting married and interested in having a pre-wedding portrait shoot as part of your wedding photography package, then I’d really be delighted to chat with you and hear all about your wedding plans. You can either give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page.

Here are a few other photos from Emily and Phil’s pre-wedding photography at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

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Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall