Pre wedding shoots are a tricky game, but for me, it's all in the choice of location and idea. If it matches the couple, and their chemistry and characters, then everything else should just follow. A drink in a favourite country pub, followed by a stroll off into the Hertfordshire country-side seemed the ideal backdrop for David and Becky (More pics below)
The Rusty Gun is the perfect mix of rustic and cool; bare brick walls and super low beamed ceilings; hops hanging over the bar and a menu which proudly boasts super local produce; blackboards with names of local ales talk quietly from the walls, whilst the gentle chink of glassware and cutlery wafts in with chatter and laughter. It's somewhere between comfortable and relaxed, and romantic and quiet- ideal for a couple's shoot.
They sat at a table in a corner, where the daylight beamed in from a small window behind them.
Even when they initially felt nervous about the camera, they shared it as a joke, giggling and flirting over their drinks.
I couldn't help but giggle behind the camera myself, and it was totally warming to see how genuine their chemistry was. I even found myself smiling and chuckling when editing the photos.. it was entirely infectious..
This only got easier when we headed out for a walk. Passing the adorable piglets on the way up into the hills; spotting rabbits running through the last remaining snowdrops; the blackberries glistening from within the thick copses and bushes; the odd fluttering and commotion from a pheasant taking off in the crop- it felt quietly alive. Which struck me as apt- Dave and Becky were not loud or brash as a couple, or even trying too hard to be loving in front of the camera..
they were quietly- electric.
There was something in the hushed jokes and smiles between them, that didn't need to be loud. It still speaks loudly from these photos.
I cannot wait to join these two for their seaside wedding next year.. not only will the setting be fantastic, but it will be a total joy to capture all this magic again. Can't wait guys!
As you may have noticed, I like to end with a quote, and this one feels like a thoughtful one to leave you with. I have always felt freer when I've just 'gone for a walk', with nowhere to be, nowhere to get to, no time to be there- I suddenly feel the possibility of what's around me again, perhaps in nature, or perhaps just in being truly present again. This quote expresses that feeling for me..
"...Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time..."