South Bank Couples Shoot
It was a chilly April day when I met these two lovely London school teachers Anna and Luke for their natural, fun engagement shoot on Southbank. The chill and threat of drizzle didn’t put these guys off having a great laugh and really getting into the spirit of love for their engagement shoot. What a gorgeous hour or so we spent wandering around Southbank chatting away…
Typically, Southbank was heaving! But even with so many people milling around we got some great shots inside the Tate, on the Millennium Bridge and walking to St Paul’s. We then finished with some stunning flower shots just outside St Pauls. Anna and Luke were brilliant, happy to go with the flow and enjoy the time together.
Why I am nosy for your story…
One of the reasons I love being a wedding photographer is the people. It is always so cool to meet new people and start to get to know them a little and find about their story. In fact, I love to find out all about my couples and their love stories. I am very nosy in that regard!! Chatting also helps couples relax and get in the moment and remember what brought them together in the first place. Which then makes for awesome photos! As a wedding photographer, I see myself mainly as a storyteller so it is important for me to find out a bit about what preceded the wedding day story and the whole journey together.
Engagement shoots help get rid of the jitters!
As I often explain to couples that I work with, I think engagement shoots or pre-wedding or couple shoots, whatever you want to call them are fab for getting rid of any camera nerves or jitters when it comes to your big day. They are an awesome opportunity for me to really get to know my couple and find out a bit more about them and what makes them tick! All of this is absolutely great when it comes to your wedding day, cos you know what to expect, and you know that my big old lens isn’t any thing to fear! In fact pretty soon you even forget it’s even semi attached to my arm!!
Why not have an engagement shoot?
Even couples that are already pretty confident in front of the camera really do benefit from having a pre-wedding shoot. Funnily enough, sometimes it’s these couples I have to say to not look at the camera so much and I really work on distracting them enough to just focus on each other rather than thinking too hard about how they might look or the angle of their nose!! My aim is to capture you looking happy, natural and unposed not forced or stiff. Another thing I am always thinking about is finding really cool compositions and lighting. Like the shots on the Millennium Bridge and inside the Tate with Anna and Luke. I’ll always have a question or two to ask you about each other to help get you relaxed and in the moment.
Anna and Luke loved the idea of having their engagement shoot on Southbank and the Millennium bridge. Luke had proposed to Anna at the end of last year at Tower Bridge and a friend had secretly taken photos for him! Anna had cried her eyes out! These guys really were after colourful photos that showed some intimacy and their connection between them. They loved the idea of unposed photos with loads of laughing. Well, guys, I think we achieved that little brief!
Southbank wedding photographer
I have such a soft spot for London weddings, as London was my first port of call and home in the UK many moons ago. The Southbank is such a great spot to wander and people watch and drink coffee! Let’s not forget the amazing skyline and vista either. Every direction you look is interesting and different. If you are after a natural fun engagement shoot on London’s Southbank please get in touch. I’d love to meet you and find out your story! Who knows I may even get to tell the story of your amazing wedding day!