A sunrise pre-wedding session at Tynemouth with Sarah & Bry

This was an epic engagement shoot, both in terms of the location and the time it took to make it happen.

Sarah and Bryan chose Tynemouth Priory and as the location for their engagement shoot and my preferred time was early in the morning or late in the evening. This is because I wanted to photograph in the ' golden hour' when the sun is low in the sky and the light can be just magical. As Sarah and Bryan are early birds we decided on a 6:30am Saturday start, as this also meant that we were likely to have the place to ourselves.

The shoot began on the Thursday before for me, when I drove down to Tynemouth Priory at 5:00am to scout the location and see what the light was like. I got there nice and early to take some landscape shots, but with few clouds in the sky the sunrise was disappointing. The strong sunlight combined with the sea spray in the air created a special quality in my test shots, though, and the location really got my creative juices flowing.

The weather forecast for the Saturday was poor but we pressed ahead. I knew from experience that you can't trust the forecasts 100% and also the most unpromising weather can sometimes add atmosphere to the session. I arrived Tynemouth at 6:00am but the sky was grey and the rain began to lash down. I reluctantly cancelled the engagement shoot.

Nevertheless I ventured down onto the beach to take some photos. It's not often I am at the beach during a storm, so I didn't want to waste the opportunity.

We tried again on Sunday morning and this time the rain held off, so we actually managed to take some photographs. The sky was flat, steely grey, which was great for producing a flattering portrait light, but there was no chance of any interesting backlighting or dramatic storm clouds. It's just as well that Sarah and Bry were great sports, then, ably taking on every suggestion I threw at them. Not many people actually like having their photograph taken, but they look relaxed and like they are having fun and they are clearly a great couple.

I can't wait to photograph their wedding in September!

See loads more engagement and pre-wedding shoots, as well as real weddings, on my Newcastle weddings page.