It's becoming more and more popular that couples are relying on their wedding photographer to come up with ideas when investing into their engagement shoots prior to their weddings. Not only an ice breaker between photographer v couple, but a barrier smasher for couples in front of each other - in front of the camera. With an added bonus of walking away with stunning shots that will last a lifetime!
Creating an afternoon of longneck craft beers and laugher wasn't a problem with these two at all. Being true to who they are, Katherine and Damien envisioned a stress-free engagement session with neutral touches and an industrial feel - something they allowed me to take charge with location wise - successfully searching for juxtaposition to their upcoming beach wedding on the sandy shores of Avoca.
Steel, rust and graffitied wallscapes constructed the background of the shoot, knowing that area's like these have amazing pockets of light and texture at the right time of day - the key having guess what the times and lights are going to be doing at any given point. With rain also having been present in Newcastle over this weekend, painted colours were popping making these amazing humans jump out of the scenery.
I believe shooting engagement sessions in areas different to your wedding is the perfect thing to do. Yeah, there's a little bit of stress that comes with it - because you're breaking the mould of the couple's thought process - believing that they should shoot at their wedding location, but you have to remember (especially a few months out...) that things on the day are going to be totally different from all the planning you do do!
It's not where your photographer has shot before that makes them great...it's kinda where they haven't. Ever changing scenery and light makes this job one of beauty.
At the end of the day, I wanted Katherine and Damien to enjoy the time up here in Newcastle. Not only meeting me but taking the relaxed road when being photographed.
Once again, a stunning, happy and excited couple....Enjoy!
Gez Xavier Mansfield