Rebecca & Ben's Peak District pre-wedding sunset session
Rebecca & Ben chose to have their sunset pre-wedding couples session at Digley Reservoir, near Holmfirth, in the Peak District National Park. It's a place that meant something to them as they have walked the five mile circular route around the shoreline and surrounding countryside countless times over the past few years. It was a new location for me, which always gets me excited, if not a little nervous, but the knowledge that it was a place with a real connection for Rebecca and Ben meant I knew we were going to get some real and authentic photographs.
The Peak District National Park is renowned for its scenic variety. Our walk provided some excellent wide ranging views across the reservoir and surrounding countryside, using a mixture of lanes, field paths and moorland routes. This location is some distance from my home base of Newcastle upon Tyne, but I combined our couples session with scouting the church at Brockholes and the wedding reception venue at Bagden Hall, so it was a busy and fruitful day.
My approach to this couples session was no different to any other. All I did was ask Rebecca and Ben to interact with each other normally. Rather than overly pose them, I asked them to simply walk into or stand in a certain area where the light was good or the backdrop was interesting, and do whatever came naturally. That might be laughing together, solemn contemplation, being romantic or sexy, or anything else that spontaneously came into their minds. I would simply capture the mood.
Here's what happened.
You can see more of my couples sessions, and real weddings, on my Yorkshire weddings page.