A little while back I joined Susannah & Will for their heathery pre-wedding practice shoot!
While some couples like to tie in our pre-wedding meeting with a venue visit in the run up to their wedding, when couples are getting married at a place I’ve photographed before, it’s not always necessary to do the practice portrait shoot there. Some clients like to do the practice shoot somewhere special to them, such as the city in which they proposed, or a favourite place.
While Susannah & Will are getting married at the lovely Holdsworth House in Halifax very soon, they decided to do their practice pics in the beautiful rolling hills they love of the Peak District near Holmfirth. So after a catchup in a local pub, we headed down for a dusky stroll down to a nearby reservoir, and these are a few of my favourite images from the shoot…
These shots were all taken on the edge of the carpark!
It was great to catch up with these guys and hear all about their big day plans. It sounds like their day is shaping up to be a cracker.
I always wanted a pair of Cherry Red Dr. Martins when I was younger!
I always like to put couples through a practice shoot to help ease them into the idea of being photographed. It’s always a pretty weird feeling for couples, so I try to show them it’s a bit of fun, and really all it takes is to cuddle up in front of a few nice backgrounds, and I’ll do the rest!
Nice to have the autumnal purple heather in the scene!
Really like this one.
It’s the season where (in spite of it happening every year) I’m somehow surprised by the light fading earlier in the day!
So by the time we headed into the woods, it was starting to get seriously dark!
But fortunately I’ve a nice stash of prime lenses built for just this purpose!
Either way, these guys were great in front of the camera, and it’s always nice to see a couple that relax together so well.
For the shutterbugs out there, this image is f1.2 at 6400ISO on the Canon 5DmkIII!
This photo is essentially lighter than it looked to the naked eye!
ie. D A R K !
It was really lovely to catch up with these guys, and a good stroll in this lovely scenery really made me want to explore the Peaks more!
[I’m sure there are plenty of good dog walks ending at a good pub to be found…]
Stay tuned for the highlights from Susannah & Will’s wedding right here, the day after their wedding!