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The Engagement Shoot of Alice and Rob

You might have heard me say before about how much I love dogs. If you haven’t heard it before though … I love dogs!!! So don’t worry I’ll never say no to bringing your dog along to an engagement shoot. They’re your best friend after all. Your four-legged companion. Maybe they will be at your wedding too, they could wear a bow tie and be your ring bearer. Basically, it’s a big yes from me … so bring your dog!!!

Back onto the main topic, Alice and Robs’ engagement photoshoot. You might have guessed it, but they bought their dog with them! Just creeping into summer (at the beginning of July) I set off for the rugged landscape of St Cleer. Beautiful dramatic scenery stacked with mining heritage. Another first-time adventure for me and I was ready. Checked everything off my list – Camera … check, unscripted app … check, car fuelled … check. My checklist goes on but I thought I’d stop there before you had a whole blog that was just my checklist!!!

Setting off for St Cleer I was unsure what the weather was going to do. Having checked every weather site and each gave me different reports. I had faith it was going to be gorgeous. I might be leaping ahead here but the sunset was stunning. I try to plan the majority of the engagement photoshoots I do around golden hour, so we can get the best light possible. Having to rely on sat nav to get to some more unknown areas can sometimes be a little tricky. What I’m trying to say here is I got lost but soon made it to the destination after phoning Alice.

We made it! Onto the photoshoot. Like with all my photoshoots I started off with a quick chat and a bit more chitter chatter as we walked. I prefer to start talking rather than just getting my camera out and snapping away. I feel I can get far better photos if we know each other a bit more. Alice and Rob knew the location well so we set off to a few of their favourite spots and they didn’t disappoint. We wandered around to various locations looking for the perfect photo opportunities. There were too many, well actually there can never be too many. But I could have definitely spent the whole day there, maybe even two days. A few locations that really stood out to me were firstly in amongst the tree canopy and where that was an old mine wall and secondly next to mine where we could watch the sunset over the valley. I nearly forgot to mention the dog. How could I do that. But some of the photos were made ten times better by having him in it. We did also have a few other animals that decided they would join us on our shoot – some lovely little sheep. They did mind their business and weren’t too upset when I took the odd snap of them.

We finished the shoot as the sunset and wandered back round towards the car. Trying to take in every moment that went by. Just thinking I couldn’t wait to get back and edit these photos. Plus it went so much better than I expected. It was an honour to photograph such a gorgeous couple.

I will finish off with a few kind words from Alice and Rob –

“Jake is such a talented photographer, he managed to put us, the most awkward couple at ease on our engagement shoot! The photos are stunning and the experience was so memorable. We would definitely recommend Jake for a beautiful, down-to-earth experience and stunning natural pictures. Thank you Jake!”

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