James and Katrina chose Parcevall Hall Gardens for their pre-wedding shoot in July. It’s a lovely spot, tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales, with woodland walks, lovely views and beautiful gardens. We’ve visited a couple of times before, but never photographed an engagement shoot there so it was great to be able to this time!
After a good chat through their wedding plans over tea and cake in the café (of course!) we headed outside. Both James and Katrina were a little worried about being in front of our cameras, which isn’t at all unusual. But they soon relaxed, and as the gardens were relatively quiet that day, it was great for us to spend a bit of time making them feel comfortable and at ease, without lots of prying eyes.
It’s something worth thinking about when you decide where you’d like to have your pre-wedding shoot (if you book one). One of the most important recommendations I can make is to choose somewhere you’ll both feel comfortable. It might be a park you visit regularly, or somewhere you enjoy walking or spending time. But if you’re worried about being in front of people, it’s probably better to pick a quiet spot, or a time of day that may not be so busy.
I can safely say that having a pre-wedding shoot helps the overwhelming majority of couples who book with us. This included James and Katrina–they were much more confident in front of the camera on their wedding day (which I’ll be sharing on the blog in coming weeks). I think it really helps couples to feel that they know what they’re doing, and what to expect, both from us and the resulting photographs.
I’ll leave you with just a few of our favourite photos from their shoot…
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