No, never, ever, ever will I run out of places to do Engagement Shoots in Brighton. There are infinite quirky cafes, shops and arty spots so I never argue if clients say that they fancy coming down to the beach for their shoot. I met Jeny and Greg at one of my favourite places, Marwoods Cafe. This must be the kookiest coffee shop in town. We then headed down to the beach and the Upside Down House, bumping into an epic bubble blower on the way.
I love you Sunday sun, The week’s not yet begun, And everything is quiet, it’s always YOU AND ME always, and forever …
When I was over in LA, I took a trip up to the mountains where my friends have a cabin. I kid you not, the village is actually called Twin Peaks. Another couple that we know well joined us and we spent the weekend unplugging, doing jigsaws and drinking beers. I know Amy as she used to edit for me but she’s now a big time interiors photographer in LA. While we were there, she asked me to shoot her and Jonno just for the hell of it so we took a little hike just before the sun set. Posting these is making me want to book another trip now.
What should you do if it rains on the day of your engagement shoot? Should you postpone it, hoping for some better weather? Well you could do but here in the UK, you could be postponing forever trying to get the perfect day. I’m all for going ahead even if there is torrential rain like there was on the day that I’d arranged to meet Hannah and Justin for their engagement shoot in London. We met in a cosy pub and they confessed that having a drink was going to calm their slight nerves anyway.
They both said that being in front of the camera isn’t one of their favourite things but that they’d like a couple shoot before the wedding. I like using these sessions as an excuse to hang out with my couples anyway. When it looked like the rain was going nowhere, we asked if we could use the empty function room for the shoot. Most pubs have one and they are often unused in the daytime. It was fun shooting in the small space and using the cosy, dark pub corners.
The lovely Holly and Simon met me at a pub by the train station in Greenwich at the start of their engagement shoot, because A. It was raining far too hard to go out and shoot and B. They wanted a quick drink to steady their nerves! It can be a little daunting to be photographed together in a public place but I’m always down for starting with a chat over some drinks/coffees/teas/whatevers.
Apart from driving you into the pub, the other great thing about rain is that it clears the streets. We had a normally very busy part of London pretty much to ourselves, apart from the odd hardcore sightseer. It’s so lovely around Greenwich and the river and you soon find some cute places for photos.
When you smile I see STARS IN THE SKY, when you smile I see sunrise. And I know you’ve been thinking of me and I know how you want it to be …
Can we come down to Brighton for our Engagement Shoot? Well of course! I love it when folk come down to my home town for these. I don’t think I will ever run out of places to shoot. Tien and Kenzo are probably two of the busiest people you will ever meet so they love to make the most of any days off that they get together.
We met for coffee and they told me that they completely clash on style. Kenzo would love everything to be minimal and Tien loves junk and antique shops. So we had a wander around the North Laines in Brighton. Part designer shops, part crazy old bric a brac shops – so everyone was pretty happy! Also how pretty are Tien’s pink boots!?
They say, oh my god, I see the way you shine. TAKE YOUR HAND, my dear and place them both in mine …
Do you have a favourite London Train station? I do for sure, it’s London St Pancras. I cannot tell you how much I adore it, it’s the city’s most romantic station. And it bloody well knows it! There’s a giant statue of a couple snogging for a start, then the incredible Tracey Emin light sculpture that says “I Want My Time With You”. I love that you can get on a train in the morning that will take you into the heart of Paris by lunchtime.
The light is incredible in there thanks to the amazing glass roof and then there are the dark little nooks and crannies of the Renaissance Hotel. It was made for lovers, not business meetings. So when Charlotte and Will suggested meeting there for their engagement shoot, I was very excited. We loved shooting there and finished up by shooting in the sister station Kings Cross so we could get a picture surrounded by moving people with my couple standing still in the middle.
If you rise or if you fall, you can hand it all to someone who believes in you and cares for you and SHARES THAT TIME with you. I need and I want and I love my time with you …