Last Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing a lovely couple Rae & James at their family farm which is to be used as the location for their wedding reception in September. We love to use the wedding venue for the engagement photography session as it allows us to explore the grounds and get to know each other.
This is the first time I had conducted an engagement photography session on a farm, the home of Rainbow Hall Riding School. It provided a variety of interesting backgrounds and textures to take the photos against, which is a photographers dream!
The weather was so bad as I traveled down to meet them, I thought we were going to have to postpone the shoot. However just ten minutes before we were due to start the rain stopped and even some patches of blue sky appeared! So we managed to get out and use the full scope the farm had to offer. This is the whole purpose of the engagement shoot, as it allows us all to get to know each other as we try out different poses and backgrounds which enables us to plan the flow of the photography for the big day.
We started in a nearby wooded area which provided some nice lighting and backdrops and moved around the farm trying out the different locations. Posing them on the old tractor was fun, although Im not sure if Rae will be wanting to sit on there in her wedding dress!!
It was really good to have such a wide variety of scenes. The large wooden barn doors and the old stable brick walls provided interesting textures and shapes to shoot against without dominating the photo and allowing Rae and James to remain the focus of this happy shoot.
Lastly we wandered through a beautiful field of buttercups, towards a paddock with grazing horses, what a romantic setting for the happy couple to wander through. I held back in some of the shots to help show off the gorgeous landscape whilst keeping them as the main feature.
It was wonderful to meet them again, and I am looking forward to using some of the poses and locations again on their Wedding day.