An unposed wedding couples photo on the Northumberland coast

Sneaking away for couples portraits doesn’t have to mean stiff poses and awkward smiles. I’m more than happy for couples to go off and do their own thing, with me capturing the moment as it unfolds naturally.

That’s what happened when Ellie and James sneaked off to the Northumberland coast, away from their DIY Tipi wedding. They took off their shoes and picked their way through the dunes onto the sand. They walked hand in hand along the seashore. And then Ellie bolted off into the waves and turned around to see James pulling off his socks to join her.

It was bloody freezing of course - this is the North Sea we’re talking about rather than the Mediterranean after all. Ellie and James didn’t care. It was fun, spontaneous and adventurous. Which is a perfect description of my ideal couple.

Virtually all of the shots I took of them for the fifteen or so minutes before their friends and family turned up were unposed. That meant they were free do whatever they felt like.

Isn’t that how a wedding day should be?

Ellie and James enjoying their wedding day on the Northumberland coast

Ellie and James enjoying their wedding day on the Northumberland coast

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2

Lens: Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

Focal length: 55mm

Aperture: f2.8

ISO: 200

Exposure: 1/2700

This was a rare wedding for me in that I was using a zoom lens rather than a prime lens. I owned a couples of primes already and wasn’t sure what to buy next, so I rented a selection of lenses over several weddings to see what I liked.

The 16-55mm impressed me a lot. It was very snappy to focus and allowed me to use just one camera for the entire wedding. I loved that freedom. The image quality was excellent, and the weather sealing was a bonus given where I was shooting.

The only things I didn’t like was the size - it felt a bit large and unwieldy on my X-Pro2 and the speed - f2.8 would be a bit slow for dark and dingy winter weddings in the North East.

Otherwise it was a stellar lens and one I’d recommend for zoom shooters.

If you’d like to see more of Ellie & James’ wedding check out this blog post: Ellie & James’ DIY outdoor wedding in Northumberland