It has been a particularly special Autumn this year, and I was so glad to get this gorgeous couple up and into the low morning sunshine in North London. Hailing from the Isle of Wight, Steve and Jenny brought their gorgeous little bundle Josie along, and we took a relaxing walk from Chalk Farm to Primrose Hill.
I awoke at 5:30am, in darkness, wondering how I could possibly be on my way to a shoot.. in the dark?! But thankful for that extra hour in bed, and camera bag still packed from a wedding the night before.. I made my way to the station in near unconsciousness.
By the time I was squinting my blurry eyes down the train line, the sky was bursting with colours; from one minute to the next, the colours changed like a slow motion kaleidoscope.
As my vision thankfully returned, and the sharp cold air began to soften slightly, the sun hazed through a thin veil of cloud. You can't ask for much lovelier light, and I fast went from tired, to urgently wanting to get to location with my camera.
Once the team arrived, we just took a relaxed walk together. We stopped through a few little spots for quiet moments, and romantic photos; and often followed little Josie's confident steps wherever she decided we should go. The light seemed to match the vibe of the day; fresh and new, and bright but softened.. working with this light and this gorgeous family made my job very easy. I have always adored this area, and it's quiet but chic family friendly atmosphere always felt homely for city life.
Couple that with the most intense and untouched Autumn I've seen in years, and you have the perfect natural setting.
These guys totally trusted me on their pre-wedding shoot, and were able to therefore completely relax. It's such a great way to calm 'wedding photo nerves' and an even better way to get to know me and my cameras. People are often taken aback by the fact that it feels so easy and laid back. For me, a shoot is a conversation and a chemistry between me and those that I am working with.. and that can only be achieved if I am chatting and snapping and allowing my subjects to be themselves. It means the world when people come back to me and say "I can't believe how much you captured our humour/ giggles/ affection/ characters". If you get the opportunity to shoot with your wedding photographer, before the big day, take it.
"...Autumn.. The year's loveliest last smile..."
-William Cullen Bryant