Engagement Session Giveaway!

Hurrah – congrats on your engagement! These may well be challenging times, but let’s not forget you’re engaged and that’s a great excuse to celebrate!

In the last week or two it’s become important to book your wedding photographer asap, because Coronavirus has meant that many of this year’s weddings have been postponed until next year. This means most photographers have fewer slots available next year than normal.

So, to help out and to keep busy in this quiet period I’m offering a free engagement session and a free enlargement print to 3 couples getting married from October 2020 onwards.

It’ll be a fun and creative engagement session outside in the summer, and / or when all of this craziness has calmed down and it’s safe to venture out once again.

There’s no obligation to hire me for your wedding, but if you do you’ll also receive all the digital files from the engagement session. It’s the perfect way to trial your potential wedding photographer to see if they’re a good fit!

To enter the competition, enter your details in the form below before 31st March 2020 at 11.59pm. The winners will be contacted during the following week.

Good luck!

Rules for entering!

  • Must be an engaged couple
  • Must be getting married in or after October 2020
  • Must be willing to travel to London or Kent for the photo session

Fae & Lewis | St Margaret’s Bay Engagement Session

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play, “Tiddely-om-pom-pom!”

Blazing sunshine? In February? After the winter we’ve had? What’s the heck is all that about then?

I arrived at St Margaret’s Bay on a gloriously sunny Sunday morning to photograph Fae & Lewis’ engagement session, and a lovely time was had by all (even if I do say so myself). I have to admit that there was a five minute period of mild panic when I thought I was almost an hour late, until I remembered Fae mentioning that all smartphones revert to French time at St Margaret’s Bay. Phew.

And yes, the weather was glorious. I arrived wrapped up to the nines expecting a gale force wind to be howling in off the channel, but when Fae and Lewis turned up looking fab in just jeans and a jumper, I had a feeling I might have gone over the top a bit!

Not to worry though. We walked along the beach and up along the cliffs, chatting and taking photographs as we went. Afterwards, Fae and Lewis mentioned how much they enjoyed the session (mission accomplished), and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding at Lympne Castle in Kent this coming weekend. See you soon guys!

Knole Park, Kent – Pre-Wedding Photography

Felicity & Patrick

I don’t think you can ask much more from a pre-wedding session that glorious weather in October, rutting deer and an upside-down groom, can you?

Of course, the fact that Felicity and Patrick were flipping lovely and up for a laugh certainly didn’t hamper proceedings either. Before you say, “I can’t believe you made Patrick climb that tree!” I’d hasten to add it was his idea. My pre-wedding sessions are all about fun, and what better way to have fun than to shin up the nearest tree, hang upside down and plant a smacker on the lips of your other half? Exactly.

I’ve been to Knole Park a few times now and each time the weather has has been absolutely gorgeous – remember, this session was back in October too. Seems that summer forgot that it was time for her to pack her bags and leave…

Thanks to Felicity and Patrick for being great fun and game for a laugh, and a huge thanks to Patrick for not falling out of that tree (my insurance is good, but it ain’t that good…)

Bushy Park London Pre Wedding Photography

I like lists. In fact, I’m very good at making them. I don’t always read them after I’ve made them mind, but on the whole I find them useful.

For example, I have a list called, “Pre-Wedding Locations In London I’m Yet to Photograph At”. There are quite a few places on the list as you’d imagine (as London is enormous), including Bushy Park. I was aware it was adjacent to Hampton Court Palace (where I conducted a fantastic pre-wedding session earlier in the year), but I’d never experienced its wondrous tree-lined splendour. Until now, that is.

I met Victoria and Stefan late afternoon, and I could tell two things at that point. One, they were going to be lots of fun to photograph, and two, we were in for an unseasonably warm October pre-wedding session. And so it turned out…

The light certainly didn’t let us down. It was ridiculously lovely for the time of year, and Victoria and Stefan were both fantastic and open to ideas (and even made a few suggestions themselves, which always makes my job that little bit easier). We had lots of fun, the session lasted a lot longer than I’d planned (which is a good thing), and despite a minor painful mishap with my camera harness (which involved a small metal clip and a fleshy section of my arm…ouch…) everything went completely to plan.

Here are some of the best photographs from the session:

Isabella Plantation – London Pre-Wedding Photography

Isabella Plantation Engagement Photography

Storm Brian. Honestly, if ever there was a rubbish name for a storm, this was it. Especially taking into account the damage it caused…anyway, you’re probably asking yourself, “What relevance does the somewhat pathetically-named Storm Brian have to do with this rather fetching pre-wedding photo session in Isabella Plantation, a charming location tucked away in the corner of Richmond Park in London?” Well, I’ll tell you…

I met Dan and Charlotte bright and early in readiness for their pre-wedding session, although the weather was firmly at the back of our minds. The aforementioned storm had been forecast to hit southeast England at around midday, so we knew we were definitely up against it as far as time was concerned.

We really needn’t have worried. Okay, the wind picked up a little towards the end of the session, but to be honest with you we couldn’t have wished for a nicer morning. The light was absolutely gorgeous. I mean, look at the fifth photo in this collection, and the way the light bathes the back and sides of Dan and Charlotte’s heads…sigh…of course, being extremely photogenic certainly doesn’t do them any harm either…!

A quick word about the Isabella Plantation. I’ve visited Richmond Park many times, but was completely unaware that this section of the park even existed. I’m always looking for new photo locations for my pre-wedding couples, so was thrilled to stumble across this beautiful area of London. It’s actually a Victorian woodland 40 acre garden, first planted in the 1830’s, in case you didn’t know. If you’re in that neck of the woods, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Anyway, here are some of the best photographs from the session – enjoy!

Lullingstone Park, Kent – Pre-Wedding Photography

Lullingstone Park, Kent – Pre-Wedding Photography

Isn’t it funny how you can live in a certain part of the world, but be blissfully unaware of the beauty that’s literally on your doorstep?

When Hannah and Chris suggested we meet in Lullingstone Park for their pre-wedding photography session, I was intrigued. A few weeks earlier I’d visited Lullingstone Castle with my other half Bea, but someone didn’t read the website properly and failed to notice that the castle was closed on the day we visited (no names of course…okay, it was me). Instead of exploring the park, we decided to turn on our heels and venture into Eynsford, where we ensconced ourselves in the local hotel for lunch and a pint of real ale. Lovely.

However, none of that ultimately mattered in the end. Hannah and Chris were great fun (as was their beautiful dog Poppy who proceeded to slobber my face every time I tried to take a photo), and Lullingstone Park is stunning and definitely somewhere I’ll be visiting again in the future.

Here are some of the best photographs from the session – enjoy:

Cannizaro Park Wimbledon – Pre-Wedding Photography

Cannizaro Park Wimbledon Pre-Wedding Photography

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found…”

It’s funny isn’t it – you can live somewhere for a decent amount of time, yet discover hidden treasures long after you’ve left. That’s exactly what happened when I photographed Fliss and Jonny’s pre-wedding session in Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon.

A few years ago I lived in Wimbledon for a year with my now-wife Bea. She’d been living there for a number of years before I moved in with her, but neither of us knew about Cannizaro Park. Yes, we’d walked across Wimbledon Common many times, but we were blissfully unaware of this little oasis of loveliness tucked away in the corner of the Common.

So after researching suitable pre-wedding photography locations, I was thrilled to discover Cannizaro Park. I met Fliss and Jonny there and we spent a couple of hours chatting about their wedding, enjoying the weather and capturing some lovely photographs together…

Hampstead Heath, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

Hampstead Heath, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

“Hi Dan! We have a grand idea of wearing Edwardian costume. Would that be weird? Is that too far out?”

This isn’t the normal kind of question I receive from my couples just prior to photographing their pre-wedding session, I have to say. However, this response filled me with enormous excitement – not only was I going to photograph Amy & Sam’s engagement session on Hampstead Heath, they were also going to wear Edwardian costume!

When I woke up on the morning of the session, the sun was ablaze in the sky and continued to burn brightly throughout the day, allowing me to capture some beautiful photographs. Of course, having a gorgeous couple standing in front of me didn’t hurt. Did I mention they were wearing Edwardian costume?

Edwardian costume!!

Ahem…anyway, whilst I was editing these photos, I lost track of the amount of times I uttered, “Wow guys, you look amaaaaaazing!” I think you’ll agree that they do. I mean, how many times will I be allowed the opportunity to photograph a couple in EDWARDIAN COSTUME!!!

Amy & Sam, you were absolute superstars on the day; especially as I dragged you for miles across Hampstead Heath, all the way from Kenwood House down to Hampstead Hill Gardens and Pergola. But boy, was it ever worth it…

Regents Park, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

Regents Park, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

If there are any nicer ways of spending a couple of hours than photographing a gorgeous couple in a London Park on a balmy summer’s evening, I’d really like to hear it…

I met Francesca and Phill for their pre-wedding photography session just outside Regents Park station, and from there we wandered through one of London’s finest green spaces. We talked about their wedding and our shared experiences of planning a big day – Francesca and Phill are getting married in Lillibrooke Manor next year, where I had the great pleasure of photographing Lindsey and Dan’s wedding back in the day. We also chatted about their love and obsession of all things Disney – thankfully there was no mention of me being a Mickey Mouse photographer (boom tssh…I’m here all week folks…!)

The weather was glorious, and when the clouds moved over the sun I simply whipped my flash out (steady now) and created some of my very own sunshine (I’m full of tricks like that). You’re really spoiled for choice in Regents Park as far as beautiful photos are concerned, and towards the end of the session we were blessed with one of the finest sunsets I’d seen in a long time. Thank you Mother Nature.

Westminster, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

Westminster, London – Pre-Wedding Photography

You know when you meet someone and you just know you’re going to get along famously? Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to Shimmee and Jason…

A little backstory for you. I recently ran a promotion via Facebook asking for couples to take part in some pre-wedding photography sessions, to give me a chance to add some fantastic images to my portfolio (and as an excuse to experiment and play around with a few ideas). Shortly after selecting and emailing the successful couples, Shimmee called me up and exclaimed how excited she was that she’d been selected along with her hubby-to-be Jason.

To be honest, I’ve received a fair few emails from excited couples which is always a buzz (and exactly my intention – my pre-wedding sessions are supposed to be exciting and lots of fun), but I’ve never had anyone call me up before. It was a fabulous surprise, and set the tone for the pre-wedding session itself…

I met Shimmee and Jason outside of Westminster Station on a warm Saturday evening. Those of you who know Westminster Station (and London stations in general) know how busy they can be. Especially on a Saturday evening in the summer. Yes, there were people everywhere, but this didn’t deter us as we battled our way through the crowds onto Westminster Bridge and beyond…

Shimmee and Jason were amazing and an absolute joy to photograph. We had loads of laughs, they were open to all of my ideas (even the off-the-wall ones!), and together we captured loads of great photos together. Here are some of the best ones from our jaunt around Central London: