Newstead Abbey Engagement

By June 3, 2018 February 23rd, 2019 No Comments
Nottingham wedding photographer

Newstead Abbey Engagement

Hannah and Tom chose to have a Newstead Abbey engagement shoot. They have spent many days there together enjoying the house and the grounds, and I can see why, it’s absolutely stunning!

Newstead Abbey is a 12th century Augustinian priory which became the home to Lord Byron, so it is steeped in history and is a place of real beauty. The mixture of the grand architecture, impeccably kept gardens and gorgeous blooms made for a perfect shoot location. From the Abbey ruins to the Japanese gardens, there was lots of colour and texture to play with, and the weather blessed us with a sunny and slightly breezy day, giving us swishy glowy loveliness – a photographers dream!

Why have a pre-shoot?

“You made us feel comfortable and excited for the wedding”

I love being behind the camera, but I must confess, as soon as one is pointed at me I have absolutely no idea what to do! I know first hand it can be a little uncomfortable, and the thought of being photographed all day might be a little intimidating. With this in mind, I like to try and put my couples at ease by blending into the background, whilst also giving a little bit of subtle direction when needed. 

A pre-shoot is a not only a great way to remember your time as an engaged couple, but also serves as a way to get used to being in front of the camera and get to know what to expect from your photographer, so then on the wedding day you have one less thing to be nervous about.

I had a great afternoon hanging out with these guys. They were just the smiliest couple and have such a lovely connection, which I think shows in the images, take a look for yourselves…

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So, if I’ve managed to convince you that an engagement shoot is a good idea, I’d love to hear from you. Cities, mountains national parks…I’m up for wherever! I offer engagement shoots as an optional extra for all wedding bookings, more information can be found on my pricing page.

You can browse through my wedding portfolio here and over on my blog, and if you would like to get in contact you can head over to my Facebook, Instagram or contact page, or drop me an email on

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