Emma & Ed met me for their wedding consultation in Eccleshall at the Artisan, a lovely little coffee shop situated in the heart of the town.  I was recommended to them by some of their friends, Nicola & Ed Rose, who married at Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, near Stone – their wedding was awesome.

We had a really relaxed chat over a cuppa, they both looked through my work as we discussed their wedding photography requirements.  From my experience, couples book you for a wedding consultation because they already like your work and it’s the person behind the camera they want to meet, fundamental too as the photographer is there all day, mixing with their family and friends.  I also use this first meet to establish a good foundation to build a friendship upon – I want couples to know me and not be a stranger with a camera come their wedding day.

I was really pleased to have a phone call from Emma confirming they wanted to book me for their wedding.  Such a loving, friendly and intimate occasion that I feel incredibly honoured to be asked to photograph for every one of my couples.

So it was time to arrange the engagement session. They came back to me, deciding on a beautiful spot called The Mill House in Telford, surrounded by rolling fields.  The night before I took a look on Google maps and could see some of the fields nearby had grown rapeseed, so I was hopeful there would be some colourful crops as backgrounds.

The drive over was so nice and relaxing, the views getting more scenic as I approached.  On arrival I met with everyone – Emma & Ed’s son Joshua was a little shy at first, hiding behind doors and his dad’s legs.  I took a look around the grounds while Joshua was being changed in preparation for his photos.  To start the engagement session I followed Joshua round for a bit – unfortunately witnessing him snap his mum’s rather expensive shades – whoops!! Kids eh, I have two, I feel your pain………

After successfully grabbing some nice portraits of the little dude I concentrated on his parents, taking portraits of them separately. We then moved on to some family shots, using the old tractor. By this point Joshua was getting a little irritable and retired to a hearty meal prepared by his gran.  Emma, Ed and I had a quick drink, with Emma topping up her G&T, and then spent some more time around The Mill House.  At this point in the session Emma gave me some great natural pictures as she couldn’t stop laughing. It was infectious, Ed was laughing, and I started giggling like a kid behind the camera, not taking my finger off the shutter – ha ha brilliant, my favourite moment.  We ventured onto the road to the front of the house where we got some great pics, one with a vintage car zooming past as Emma & Ed posed on a bridge overlooking The Mill House.  At this stage I had seen my field, the one on Google Maps, and it looked stunning – a sea of yellow, as buttercups had taken over.

It wasn’t long before I knew we had a great set of pics. The field made some awesome shots, with brilliant blue skies and a few fluffy white clouds, and my subjects, Emma & Ed, made the session so enjoyable.  I know on their wedding day we can produce some beautiful work and I’ll be sure to hand Emma a G&T for the portraits – he he.  So until the wedding in December… It’s going to be brilliant guys!!

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