As I look back on the autumn engagement shoot I had at Temple Newsam in November, I can’t help but feel super grateful for the opportunity to capture the love and connection between Larisa and James. Despite the initial nervousness that they had about being in front of the camera, I knew that all we needed was a simple walk through the vibrant colours of the season to make them feel at ease.
Photography, for me, is not just about capturing beautiful moments or creating visually pleasing images. It’s about seeking the deeper meaning and emotions behind the shot, and ultimately, telling a story through my lens. The ability to evoke those emotions and create a relaxed and colourful feel-good atmosphere is what I strive for in my work.
Temple Newsam Engagement Shoot
As we strolled through Temple Newsam, the autumn hues embraced us, painting a picturesque backdrop for Larisa and James’ love. The gentle breeze rustled the fallen leaves, creating a whimsical atmosphere that perfectly encapsulated the essence of their relationship. It was as if nature itself was celebrating their connection.
The nerves soon faded away, replaced by genuine smiles and laughter. It was in those unguarded moments that I was able to capture the raw authenticity of their love. There is something incredibly beautiful about witnessing two people open themselves up to vulnerability and allowing me to document that through my lens.
Temple Newsam holds a special place in Larisa and James’ hearts, as they live just down the road. It provided the perfect opportunity for them to bask in the beauty of their surroundings and create memories that will forever be etched in their hearts. And I am grateful to have been a part of that experience, to witness their love blossoming amidst the autumn sun.
Joyful Photography at Temple Newsam
As I reflect on my personal journey and growth as a photographer, I realise that it is not just about technical skills or finding the perfect angle. It is about connecting with people and understanding their unique stories. It is about making them feel comfortable, heard, and seen. And it is about translating those emotions into photographs that evoke a sense of joy and nostalgia.
Looking ahead, I cannot wait for Larisa and James’ wedding at The Faversham in Leeds next year. I can already envision the vibrant colours, the laughter, and the love that will fill the space. It is moments like these that remind me why I fell in love with photography in the first place.
So, here’s to the power of storytelling, to capturing moments that resonate long after they have passed. And here’s to Larisa and James, thanks for choosing me to capture your love story. Next stop. THE WEDDING!