Rich and Naomi are getting married in the Cotswolds this December and came down to meet me for their London engagement shoot in and around Westminster, which is a favourite spot for the couple to divulge in their touristy pleasures. This was our first meeting and I wanted to gauge how well Naomi and Rich would work on camera together and how much they were willing to do to get the photos that they wanted; finding answers to questions like these is the purpose of an engagement shoot.
Engagement shoots are great at warming you up in preparation for the big day, they take some of the mystery out of the process and leave you free to enjoy the day and the photography. With Naomi and Rich they were amazing, they just threw themselves in to the poses and nothing was too much trouble for them. I loved this couple for their unshakable faith in me and they got in to position without question.
For example I asked them to sit in the middle of the road outside Ben Big; where else would you pose on a London engagement shoot? I have to say, however, that the roads were closed for a sporting event leaving us free to exploit the normally busy Westminster roads to create some fantastic images for the couple. They were happy to take advantage of this rare situation and to get some unique photo opportunities.
Appart from getting Naomi and Rich to sit in the middle of an empty road, the rest of the shoot was pretty tame, they did not seem to mind the public, who in turn were not phased by them posing for their London engagement shoot. We even made use of the public by taking a long exposure photo of Naomi and Rich with Big Ben in the background. The shutter speed was around 1 second, this gave time for people to walk past the couple and create a blur, leaving them and Big Ben in focus.
I am very much looking forward to Naomi and Rich’s wedding, they were so easy going and such fun to work with. They are now more aware of how I work and have they have generated some of their own ideas for photos that they now want on the strength of the images that we created on the engagement shoot.
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