Category Archives: Engagements

Harlton is a great little village just a few miles out of Cambridge set in beautiful countryside. It`s church is one of my favourites locally because of its beautiful light inside and it`s where Victoria and David are going to get married in a few weeks time.

Our engagement shoot took place in a beautiful garden in Harlton kindly given access to by a friendly neighbour and we also had a bit of a wander around the village itself. I think David and Victoria photograph beautifully and I`m really looking forward to their wedding!

It`s not very often that one gets the opportunity to photograph two brides at the same time but this is exactly what happened a few days ago with Stephen and Zhen`s pre wedding photoshoot. I am photographing Stephen and Zhen`s wedding in a few days time and they have a relative who was recently married so why not photograph them as well?! We spent a fun time in Cambridge and photographed at Gonville and Caius College, Senate House passage and Clare College as well. A few of my favourites are below.


Pre wedding engagement shoots are a great way to get a bit of confidence before having your photographs taken at your wedding and can also provide great images for guest books, invitations or signing boards at the wedding itself. Parents also love them and I generally sell a number of images to parents from each shoot! After the shoot couples always come away saying that it was fun, they are relieved that it was so easy and any worries they had about having their pictures taken on the wedding day have gone. Pre wedding shoots are also great for me as they allow me to get to know people a little better, I can find out how their wedding plans are going and, most importantly, get a sense of how they are in front of the camera before the big day itself.

I tend to photograph even “staged” pre wedding shoots in a photojournalistic way so that the images have a real sense of the personality and the love between the couple in front of the lens. I tend not to go fro smiliong for the camera so much as letting people interact and have fun together and photographing that. I have added a few examples  below from a photoshoot with Richard and Leigh in St Ives this week, the images contain simple ingredients.

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