Sam Hurd Workshop in Brighton

Sam Hurd Workshop in Brighton

As the country is pretty much going into lock down due to Covid-19 I thought it would be about time to catch up on some much needed blogging.  For today’s blog I will be sharing a handful of shots from an amazing workshop I was able to attend last year in November! I love learning, I try to do as much as I possibly can to learn more about photography, both technically and the business side. I’ve spent hours scouring countless photography blogs, watching CreativeLive classes, and learning from the many amazing free webinars available from top wedding photographers! It’s not every day that your favourite wedding photographer posts a workshops to be held in Brighton, so when I saw that Sam Hurd was going to be hosting one here, I jumped at the chance! Hats off to the amazing Lisa Devlin who runs photography farm for being able to get Sam Hurd run his don’t panic shoot. Seriously, go check out his incredible work here!

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What can I say, it was fantastic! First of all, it was awesome to learn in person! If I like I learn a lot quicker by doing rather than reading and I learnt a ton of new ideas. We spent time learning new, unique photography methods, such as the Breziner method for head shots or portraits, free-lensing, and using prisms. Sam explained his business, from the moment a couple inquires, until after they receive their gallery. He taught about editing, websites, gear, social media, the 5 “L’s”: (light, lines, look, layers, and luck), and so much more. Although this was a mini workshop if you like only 3 hours Sam was happy to overrun and keep asking any questions we had. The whole concept of the workshop was exactly what the title say, “Don’t panic” Sam really leads the way in pushing yourself to break away from the norm and step outside your comfort zone and by doing this creating really creative photos.  After an hour or so we were able to go outside, watch, learn, and practice with a couple!

Brighton is generally a cool place but it was really insightful to watch how sam interacts with his couples. I think one of the most important things I took away was how much photography constantly inspires me, the raw, technical art of it. It can be easy to get caught up in the trends and fluff that saturates the wedding industry scene, and be swept away into the “insta-world” of perfection. But like Sam mentioned, “the end of the night matters most”. What’s SO important is capturing that final kiss of the evening, a grandparent’s hug, the joyous celebration of dear friends and family: as you never know how much those images may mean to someone in the future. My goal as a wedding photographer is to be passionate about every single aspect of the day, from the carefully curated, ethereal images, to the candid, in-between moments.

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How about you?

Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked my photos from this post please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I would love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.

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What to wear to your engagement session?

Romance is in the air and the anticipation of a lifetime together comes to a crescendo in the fleeting weeks leading up to your wedding, causing you to wonder: What to wear to your engagement session and is an engagement session really necessary? I believe having an engagement photo session is very important. First, this time allows you, as a couple, to get comfortable in front of the camera with me, and figure out how you work best together before the main event. Next, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating some fun, memorable images for wall portraits, wedding sign-in books and the like. With all this in mind I would like to focus this blog post on the most common worry and question I hear from couples for every engagement session, ahhhh what do we wear!!! Don’t worry I get it, figuring out what to wear for your engagement session shouldn’t be something to get stressed out about. So many options right, casual, dressy, themed, lights or darks ah the list goes on. As a photographer I of course want my couples to look their best in their photos the most important thing to remember is that your photos should be uniquely you, so I have happily wrote down in this blog post my top tips for engagement session fashion success!

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Be you and only you

This one may seem obvious but the most important thing during your engagement session is to be yourself! Remember the main reason of the session is to capture exactly who you both are and to showcase your personalities. If you pretend to be someone your not by picking an outfit that just isn’t ‘you’, you’ll feel very uncomfortable and trust me it’ll show in the photos. Whether you want to wear ripped jeans and a t-shirt or matching fluffy onesie set, your happiness will show through and dictate the overall mood in the photos.

Remember an engagement session can be an opportunity to enhance your natural beauty. If you are planning to wear makeup and have your hair done for your wedding day, this is a great chance to coordinate a trial with your hair and makeup artist. Having your hair and makeup done is a small investment that helps give you that little boost and feel more confident which will most certainly be apparent in your photos. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, cameras have a naughty way of picking up uneven skin tones especially on our faces. A touch of foundation and mascara will go a long way towards making your photos reflect how you look every day.

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Feel Comfortable

This is all about confidence whilst feeling comfortable. Think about your body types; you will know what suits you both and what doesn’t so please refrain from picking something you thought looked great in a magazine. If your worried about what your arms look like in that strapless dress, it’s going to be harder to capture those pure moments of a couple in love. I don’t joke when I say you should literally choose clothing which is comfortable to wear but also outfits which make you feel your best. The worst for creating awkwardness in front of the camera is the feeling of self-consciousness, so be sure that whatever you choose to wear gives you confidence!

Matching & Colours

Here is where you can spend a little thought into coordinating with each other, rather than looking identical. For example, if SHE is going to wear a red dress and HE is to wear a red tie then voila we have a match. This will look great together without being too “matchy”. As a side note here they don’t have to be the exact same colour. A colour from the same colour family would work well too! I like to think about it like you think about painting the interior of your home, what colours compliment each other? For example a pale blue and pink, or a cobalt blue and turquoise, and make sure your outfits are colour coordinated.

A default colour for a lot of people is black and although this might be slimming, I generally advise couples not to wear this colour as it leads to every speck of dust and loose hair being caught on camera. On the other end of the scale wearing white should be saved for your wedding day. If you’re feeling the vibe, go ahead and embrace those bold prints and bright colours. You’ll be genuinely amazed how easily you become the focus of the photo, rather than just an addition to the background when you’re wearing an eye-catching colour or pattern. If bold colours are your thang don’t both go for bold patterns. Instead, only one of you should and the other should choose a top that pulls out a colour from the pattern. Oh and a word to the wise, it’s a good idea to stay away from clothing which has their brand logos front and centre. You don’t want to look like a walking advertisement in your photos.

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For the day of your engagement session, you should both look like you’re heading to the same place. Wear clothes that are of equal dressiness or casualness. You’ll want to have the same vibe so if your going for a formal look, then you both need to look formal. Another key look out is too dress for the season, given that the majority of my engagement sessions are mostly outdoors. If you wear thin summer clothes in the winter then all this will do is make you cold and miserable. The same goes for wearing heavy winter clothes in the peak of summer which is a surefire recipe for sweatyness, and trust me sweat stains and melting makeup isn’t a look you want to go for!


Here is a great way to give yourself multiply looks with only one outfit. How I hear you cry? To incorporate a layering technique into your style for the day. You often see this with catwalk models when they are showing off the seasons new clothing line. Consider adding a blazer, cardigan or jacket to finish your look. Layers don’t always have to be clothes these can also be accessories like a vest or belt, which always adds another element to the photos. Another great reason to layering your look and preventing an uncomfortable photo session is the good ole blighty weather and how unpredictable it can be all year round. By layering you have the best of both worlds, if you decide to have some photos taken in the cool shade and then hop step it to your next sunny location, you don’t have to break into a sweat. Another top tip is that layers are great to hide areas you might not feel comfortable flaunting. Food for thought, huh.

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Location, location, location

As a photographer I never dictate wear we go for an engagement session. I do this for many reasons, mainly because it keeps me on my toes and keeps me thinking outside the box as opposed going to the same location and taking the same safe shots, and besides beauty can be found everywhere you just have to look for it. So when your thinking about where to go for your session, try and think about what feel the location will give the photos. Are you wanting to go for a soft natural/rustic feel? Then sticking to soft neutral colours like a woodland/long wild flower field might be an option. How about a city vibe? Then brighter colours or a more “dressed up” approach may work with the setting better. It’s all about those colour tones, if your photos are in a park, a green dress might camouflage you with the grass and the trees. A complimentary colour, like a red dress, would pop against the green if you want to stand out. For more of a subdued look, try a cool colour like a blue, to differentiate from your surroundings. If you are wanting to be photographed in say a wheat field, then a casual sundress or shirt and jeans. Get those creative juices flowing and imagine you look and play off the location, apps like pinterest are great for this to get inspired.

Can I bring more than one outfit?

Of course! Bringing more than one outfit never hurts, especially if you can’t decide between casual and formal. I love the idea of starting off with a casual laid back look, then switching it up with a more high end fashion style, and why not close with a little themed idea that really speaks to your personalities as a couple. Wardrobe changes are always welcome in my book and will give you an alternative look at your photos. Mostly engagement sessions will take place in the great outdoors so be prepared to change clothes in a car…just to let you it’s possible to change your outfits. 😉

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Relax and most importantly have FUN!

Engagement sessions are very low-key and it’s all about capturing the two of you as you are -interacting, kissing, loving, laughing… so make sure you bring your A game and a smile and be ready to have a laugh and a great time! As I write this I wouldn’t want anyone to feel like you have to treat any of the aboves as a do or die rules. these are merely my suggestions from my experiences as a photographer.  So what do you plan to wear for your engagement session? Remember, Pinterest is full of fashion ideas in case you need an inspirational boost. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what your ideas are. I love shooting engagement sessions as I get to know more about the bride and grooms I will be photographing on their wedding day. I can learn a ton from a couple and their style just by what they are wearing during thor engagement session. I get a great feel for what they like, their personalities and how their style will be reflected on their wedding day.


So there you have it my top tips for you smashing your engagement session out of the park! Please if anyone has any questions or just wants some reassuring ahead of a engagement session please don’t hesitate to to reach out!

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Stunning London Engagement Photos - Ksenia & Iain

London Engagement Photo Session – Tower Bridge, London

For this amazing London engagement photos session I travelled back to the big smoke, in fact tower bridge! Everyone knows this famous iconic bridge, so myself Ksenia & Iain decided to not follow the crowd and head to the famous bridge but instead totally wing it and see what we could find elsewhere. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a big city, so every now and then it’s great to explore new surroundings.

Whilst wandering around on this london engagement, I said to Ksenia & Iain how normally every time I go to tower bridge I see a Chinese bride in a wedding dress with a whole crew of photographers and light guys. And as if by magic we turned a corner just off the underpass of tower bridge and bam! A Chinese bride and groom placed precariously on the wall with Tower bridge in the background. Hats off to the Chinese as being on a high wall with a wedding dress and a sheer drop into the thames on the other side takes some cahooners!

London Engagement photographer

With every couple I always ask for them to pick a place special to them or somewhere they would love to explore. I don’t like to put ideas into people’s heads but rather feed me ideas. This means the resulting photographs become the best representation to them.

Ksenia & Iain originally wanted to have the engagement session around their home in Bermondsey as they both loved the vintage feel brickwork of the houses in the street they lived. This is when I remembered that all around tower bridge is gorgeous originally brick work of the same style. With Tower bridge only being 10 minutes from Bermondsey it was a perfect decision for them.

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

Ksenia & Iain are getting married towards the end of June at Lillibrooke Manor, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. When Ksenia initially got in touch, she gave such a description of how amazing the day sounded. When the words ‘summer boho and barn’ are mentioned in the same sentence…. I mean, you know you’re onto a winner. I cannot wait to shoot and blog their wedding.

Engaged to be married? Are you looking for a photographer who will put you at ease? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch here! An engagement session is a great way to settle those pre wedding jitters of having your photo taken. If this is you then I would love for you to drop me a line and give me the opportunity to settle those nerves and capture some great london engagement photos!

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Ksenia & Iain have tied the knot now at the lovely Lilliebrooke Barn, please feel free to have a look at their gorgeous wedding here!

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Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked this post please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I  love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Fancy having your own london engagement photos? Just  Get in touch here.

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Hampshire Engagement Photography, Andover - C & L

Spring Engagement Photography

Catherine and Luke’s engagement photography session was a spring dream, I am so excited to photograph their wedding next year! This was my first engagement photography session within my current home town of Andover so I was super stoked to be able to showcase some of the beauty Andover has to offer! Andover countryside is a gift of woodland, water, wildlife and lets not forget those beautiful rapeseed oil fields which is the perfect place to get some beautiful private photos. Everywhere we went seemed such an underused place, but benefited us! This is a small selection of Catherine and Lukes engagement photography photos, but ones I really love. Seeing the current weather reminded me of this, as it’s one of my favourite engagement photography shoots I’ve done this year.

Andover Engagement Photos

It was a slightly chilly but the sun still shining on this late afternoon just before the clocks went back when me Luke and Catherine headed out. The gorgeous spring colours really came through, and how amazing do Catherine and Luke look in complementary colours? They really put lots of effort in to what they wore and braved the cold when they took their coats off! It truly was the perfect day for some engagement photography, and I hope Catherine and Luke really enjoyed the results because of the effort they had put in. I’m sure to be blogging their wedding over the spring months next year, so keep checking back for a sneaky peak!

Some people worry that they’re not ‘photogenic’, lack confidence, have been engaged for a long time already, or don’t know where to go. On all counts, there’s no need to worry. My job and my talent is to make everyone photogenic (including a successful shoot with the in-laws!) there’s no need to worry, we go somewhere which means something to you and have a walk. I take photos when you’re comfortable, and then it comes to your wedding day, there’s no stress. These sessions are simply a chance to get some gorgeous photos with whoever you want, wherever and whenever. Imagine what you would like framed on your walls, and we can create it.

Rooksbury Mill Nature Reserve

I can’t end this beautiful set of images without mentioning Catherines favourite place to go growing up in Andover, Rooksbury Mill Lakes! I had no idea these lakes where here, in fact I had trouble finding them all together. If you’re ever in the area this beautiful nature reserve is a must see, I mean just scroll towards the end of this blog post to see how stunning these lakes look as the sun goes down, and the beautiful Catherine and Luke just make them even more stunning. Of course, these engagement photography shoots can be done separately to your wedding or even if your not engaged to be married! They’re a wonderful opportunity to have photographs of loved ones out and about and having fun. So, if you are interested in a similar shoot, get in touch! Memories like these make a wonderful birthday present or Christmas presents (ah I said it, Christmas! 6 months to go folks!) to everyone in the family. Here’s another couples shoot from the spring, on another gorgeous brisk, sunny day!

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If you like this engagement session – why not check out others on my blog? I love all shapes and forms of photography and especially photographing people in love. Get in touch to find out my availability for your wedding or couple shoot, whether your Hampshire bound, or anywhere else I would love to hear from you!

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London Engagement | Emily & Andy

Richmond Park Wedding Photographer

Emily & Andy

Another engagement session from me! If your every wondering is an engagement shoot worth it? Well it’s a big ole yes from me. It’s a chance for my couples to get used to the camera and kinda like a mini pre run of their big day so it is always worth doing. Also I haven’t been on a engagement shoot yet where I haven’t had a good laugh with my couple. Anyway this isn’t a sales pitch so please see below a few of my favourite frames from Emily and Andy’s engagement session in Richmond park. These guys were so much fun and truly in love as Andy gave up the chance to watch his beloved Chelsea play live in the cup final, Andy your putting us all too shame! You may notice my photos start to be a bit more vibrant as I’ve decided to add more punchy colours to my edits and might of started a little bit of an obsession with black and white frames too. Anyway enough of me going please see below. Richmond Park Wedding Photographer


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