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
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
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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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!)