I first met Andy and Kate as result of an introduction from a mutual contact, Ginny, with whom I had worked a couple of years before capturing Maya and Gary’s day at Castello di Lonato, over looking Lake Garda in the Italian Lakes region. It was a great time working with Ginny and she subsequently recommended me to Andy and Kate for their big day at the stunning Sculpture Gallery at Woburn.
This is one location in the UK where I have always wanted to photograph so I was delighted when Andy and Kate chose me to cover their day. I often hold pre-wedding sessions at the actual venue – it gives couples a chance to get comfortable with me and also with the venue. Quite often it is at a different time of year to when their celebrations will be and is a great opportunity for an intimate and probably rare moment of time together in what is usually a hectic schedule in the run up to the big day.
Woburn is a gorgeous location, and on a very cold but bright day we met for their e-shoot. The stark winter beauty of the grounds of the park at Woburn provided a great backdrop for the shoot and the light was just right, particularly as I work predominantly with available natural light rather than relying on the use of flash
Blessed with a natural ease in front of the camera Andy and Kate made my job very easy, walking and sharing a few happy moments together as we made our way around the grounds. I particularly like the relaxed feel of the images taken on the bridge and black and white still remains my favourite medium for images – ever the photojournalist!
If you would love to have an engagement or pre-wedding shoot here are a few tips:
For me the essence of the shoot is for a couple to relax, enjoy and get some advice from me on the basics how to stand and generally how to be relaxed enough to interact with each other naturally – I find this part usually helps couples come the day, if they can remember any of it!!.
Trust your photographer to know the best locations to shoot – a good photographer will know when and where the best light, best backdrops etc are.
Don’t let the fact that they may have not photographed at your venue before deter you from booking someone whose work you really love, a good photographer always researches the venue before your day if that is the case and will know how to get the best from it!
If you have your own itinerary that you want to do let your photographer know in plenty of time so that they can advise you on whether it will work.
Make the most of your shoot from a style perspective – it’s a great excuse to dress up!
It is of course very important to feel comfortable but there are a few tips that I normally give anyway as follows:
Coordinating with/complementing each others ‘look’ will give the shoot a more elegant feel (even if your style is more outgoing and quirky normally and you want to ‘strike a pose’ in the style of Vivien Westwood so long as the pair of you do it, it can work!)
If you are wearing make up it doesn’t need to be heavy but I advise brides that a slightly enhanced version of your normal look is a good idea – not a good idea to try anything new for the first time when you are going to your engagement shoot or indeed on your wedding day!
Are you planning a Sculpture Gallery Pre-Wedding Shoot?
If you’re planning to have a pre-wedding shoot at the Sculpture Gallery or elsewhere and like this style of relaxed photography why not give me a call 0370 626 5200, drop me an email, or use the Contact Form to get in touch, I’d love to hear your wedding day.
Hi, I'm Kevin, a destination wedding photographer based in Cambridge. I love working across the UK, Europe (especially Italy) and beyond. When I'm not working you’ll find me running across the countryside with my chocolate Labrador recharging for the next fantastic adventure!