Engagement shoots, or pre-wedding photography, or their lesser known acronyms of pre-weds or E-shoots depending upon your preference. Most of my engagement shoots are based in the North East of England, mainly in Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, Northumberland with a few in Yorkshire and the Lakes District. I think I personally prefer the reference of pre-wedding shoot as it describes its function correctly.

 

A photography session before your wedding has many uses but its main function is to ready you for your wedding photography. For most people getting married, this is their first time. This may also be the first time a couple like yourselves have got in front of a camera. The crux of pre-wedding photography is that you need to know how to relax in front of a camera because, due to my shooting style, the more relaxed you are the better the photographs will be, essentially.

 

Most locations are chosen by yourselves, a riverside location, a wooded area, a beach. A place you will feel relaxed and comfortable with the aim of finding out what your comfort zones are. It is an essential ingredient to telling your wedding story.

 

So enough of stating the obvious, Im sure you could listen to me all day, completely enthralled but i'm guessing you would much rather look at my creative work. So below you will find a diary of recent engagement, pre-wedding, pre-shoots e-shoots and you and me shoots. Phew!

 

Amy & Steven's Pre-Wed Shoot at Blyth Beach.

Amy and Steven were really just doing the pre-shoot to gain that little extra comfort for the wedding day.  I already knew Amy as I taught her when she was a media student at Ponteland High School and we instantly felt comfortable. Here is a little message I got from her:


"After seeing the sneak previews on Facebook we cannot wait to have a look through these!  Thank you so much!! We are utterly pleased we did the pre-wedding shoot...it's given us the missing confidence we were worried about.


Thanks so much again- we can't wait until our wedding day and are so grateful you'll be there to capture every moment of it!"


#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#blyth-beach ‪#e-shoot‎

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Alex & Darren's Pre-Wed Shoot at Whitley Bay.

Alex and Darren met me under a moody sky, which I decided to use to our advantage in the dark shots you see here.  Pretty much straight away I clocked that we shared a similar sense of humour and approach to life, which meant that the relationship was great from the get go.  Like me, Alex and Darren were not 100% comfortable being in front of the camera, and for some people a pre-shoot is a good idea to get over this hurdle.  But as you can see they were more than comfortable working with me and I felt like I made some friends allong the way.  A nice day and im looking forward to seeing you both again soon! 

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#whitleybay ‪#e-shoot‎

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Steph & Alex's Pre-Wed Shoot at Warkworth.

It is nice to meet a couple for the first time and instantly feel like friends.  Not liking having their photo taken, they decided to go for a pre-wedding shoot in Warkworth where Steph's family are based.  Luckily, we had great weather and they trusted me enough so that they could be themselves and get some practice in front of the camera.  Im looking forward to seeing you both again soon!

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#warkworth ‪#e-shoot‎

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Meg & Peter's Pre-Wed Shoot at St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay.

It was our first meeting and a great chance for these guys to get used to the camera.  Coming off the back of a bad winter it was very windy, but it wasn't going to stop us getting some nice photos.  Looking forward to your wedding now guys, ill see you both very soon!

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#whitelybay ‪#e-shoot‎

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Kay & Neal's Pre-Wed Shoot at Northumberland Park, North Shields.

It was great to finally meet Kay and Neal and we got on so well so quickly.  They worked fantastic with me, relaxing into the shoot with some friendly banter and some adjustments along the way as I took advantage of the autumn colours.  A local couple so we didnt have far to travel and my first shoot in Northumberland Park.  A great job and some new friends gained.  See you both again soon! Paul.

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#northumberlandpark ‪#e-shoot‎

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Leanne & Roberts's e-shoot at St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay. 

Leanne and Robert have a lovely wedding coming up at Tynemouth Priory, so it was fitting that we visited a nearby location for their pre-wedding shoot.  So we took to St Mary's Lighthouse which was down the road.  We had a great time getting nice and relaxed photos.  Im looking forward to shooting your wedding.   See you both soon.  Paul.

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#whitleybay ‪#‎wedding

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Marie & Paul's engagement shoot at Brimham Rocks, Ripon. 

Paul and Marie were a lovely couple.  Paul, a very interesting an accomodating man and Marie a very sweet, shy and beautiful girl, both in need of a warm up to the wedding.  Getting Marie relaxed in front of the camera and confident in herself was a great task as I wanted them both to feel utterly at home with me before their wedding.  It worked brilliantly.  Brimham Rocks was a great spot to do it too, natural, inspiring and an epic landscape with so many possibilities.  Im looking forward to your wedding in the next few months.  See you both soon.  Paul.

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#ripon ‪#‎wedding

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Alison & Stephen's engagement shoot at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Durham. 

Alison and Stephen were great from the start, willing to be led, trusting my creative eye and enjoying everything I produced.  It was safe to say that their wedding was going to be a really nice and relaxed affair.  Stephen even nearly lost a finger for the photos, now thats dedication.  Im looking forward to your wedding.  See you both soon.  Paul.

 

#‎engagementshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#durham ‪#‎wedding

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Alison & Chris's engagement shoot at Ryton Willows, Gateshead. 

Chris and Ali were lovely to work with, very easily directed and they picked the Ryton Willows in Autumn time which is a great time of year to make the most out of those oranges and reds.  Their wedding is coming up a Hexham Abbey and the Lord Crewe Arms, see you again guys.  Paul.

 

#‎dancersinparis  #preweddingphotography ‪#newcastle ‪#‎wedding

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Jessie & Hiro's engagement shoot at Fountains Abbey, Ripon. 

This was my first ever high profile client shoot.  Hiro and Jessie were getting married in Austria, but wanted to have their pre-wedding shoot in England to show off our country to their Japanese families.  Hiro owns a Multi Million Pound shipping company based in North Shields where I live.  He wanted a full day with 2 photographers at the same rate of a wedding.  They had 3 different sets of clothes to change into.  They had enlisted the services of David West Photography, and I went along and we tried a series of ideas with the couple.  It was a fantastic day and we had full access privileges to Fountains Abbey for the shoot.  David was a breeze to work with as we both share similar styles and work ethics and I can't wait to team up with him again one day in the future. Paul.

 

#‎stylisedhighprofileshoot  #preweddingphotography ‪#fountainsabbey ‪#‎wedding

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