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6 Tips for Your Engagement Shoot.

Tips for engagement photography North east and yorkshireAs I am now offering engagement shoots with my full day wedding photography packages I thought I would offer all my lovely couples some tips on what to expect during their engagement shoot and some advice on how to make the most of it.

1. Relax and have fun!

Sounds obvious but many people get stressed out by the idea of having their photo taken. There really is nothing to worry about and it is a great chance to have fun with your fiancé/fiancée and get some experience in front of the camera before your wedding day.

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2. Take your time.

Depending on where we go and how many different shots you want, an engagement shoot can take from 1-3 hours. You will need to allow time for moving around the location and any wardrobe changes if you want a different look for some photos.

3. Get the location right.

Think about locations that mean a lot to you as a couple; where you got engaged, went for your first date, or even the place you spend your saturdays. Hobbies are a great way to bring some fun to a shoot – if you’re an avid golfer then head to the greens! If you have a pet dog/cat/horse/iguana then bring them along! There are so many great paces in and around Durham; woods, rivers and beaches – just ask if you need some help deciding.

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4. Talk to me!

Typically an engagement shoot will start with a chat (over a cup if tea if possible!) to talk about what you would like to get out of the shoot and any worries you might have. It is my job to make you look your best and put you at ease, so just talk to me!

5. Wear something comfortable that makes you feel great.

Either a favourite dress or worn-in boots, if you are happy and comfortable then it will come across in the photos. Also avoid obvious branding and logos, as it can really age shots when brands change or go out of fashion.

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6. Don’t read too much about how to pose.

There is a lot of good advice on the internet (this post from Rock N Roll Bride pretty much sums it up and covers everything) but there is also a lot of rubbish. As your photographer I know how to place you for flattering shots, and you may end up looking stiff and forced if it’s on your mind. Just be your awesome self and trust your photographer!

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There are many benefits to having an engagement shoot; it is a great way to get to know your photographer away from the buzz and excitement of your wedding day and to have some experience in front of a professional’s camera. You can have some fun with your photography and maybe try out some ideas for the big day!

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Categories: General Info.

Newcastle Wedding Photography – Samantha and Phillip


Newcastle wedding photographer Sam and Phillip

This evening I have the pleasure of sharing some photos from the wedding celebration of Samantha and Phillip.

After many years together this lovely couple threw the most perfect wedding reception at The Elephant on the Tyne in Gateshead, having been married in Gretna Green the day before.

There were so many gorgeous vintage details that I was spoilt for choice of shots, and they were blessed with glorious sunshine which thankfully they didn’t mind staring into while I got the group shots done on the terrace! I hope you enjoy this selection of shots!

SPW Blog Collage




Categories: Weddings.

Walking with Frankie

Not a wedding this time, but instead, after a very busy few months, I have been able to get out and about with the camera more. I thought I would share some of my favourite shots of a more unusual model for me – my dog Frankie!


She is pretty unresponsive to my directions but I managed to get some nice shots around the fields of Sunderland Bridge and the banks of the River Wear near Durham City.


It was also a great excuse to play with the shutter speed settings on the camera to capture her at top speed (which is pretty fast, especially when she is heading straight for me!), rather than the soft-focus portrait settings more typical of wedding photography.


Although, I do love a soft-focus portrait taken with my 85/1.8 to give this. Frankie’s focus was on a stick in my other hand!


It’s back to weddings for me next week, so more on that to follow!


Categories: Misc.