Stowe school engagement shoot

Pre-Wedding shoot at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire

Sometimes you have to start a shoot with an idea you just sort of had. It might seem a bit mental ‘The first picture I’m going to take will involve me pointing the camera at the floor’ but it breaks the ice as I look like a bit of a lemon and everyone gets a free laugh. This engagement shoot was an absolute classic example of two amazing people who tell me that they don’t like having their picture taken…but then end up with awesome pictures. Gemma and Dave completely owned it, look at that thousand yard stare, piercing! Stowe is such a cool place, so many different locations to shoot in, Roman inspired architecture, Grecian pillars…the thirteenth tee. Undulating pathways and huge trees creating canopies of green make amazing backdrops and help you feel all alone in an estate which is probably a handful of hectares in total. A big shout out to Jeff Newsom and his Voltron of Awesomeness for the inspiration, his use of colour has always fascinated me and it’s been a great year for learning from the masters and pushing my photography in new directions. Combining warm and cool tones can really change the dynamic of a photograph and the proper application of colour balance and dynamics can turn a picture into all kinds of awesome. I love this series as Gemma and Dave seem so connected, no awkward posing, everything is calm and relaxed, just two people being in a moment together. It’s awesome when you can feel the warmth just from smiles and hugs, can’t wait for the wedding next year, roll on 2017!

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