A forest sunset couples session with Sam & Matt

Sam & Matt chose a sunset forest hike for their pre-wedding couples photography session. When they asked if they could bring along a friend I was a bit confused. When they said it was their dog Dexter I of course said yes at once. I love dogs, and if my job didn't take me all over the North East every day for long hours at a time, I'd have a dog myself.

As you can see in the photos below, Dexter is quite a cute character and had a starring role in our session. He was very well behaved, especially in front of the camera. In fact he was easier to deal with than many of my human clients ;)

Our chosen location was Chopwell Woods. This is a great location for forest hikes, easy to get to for anyone in the Newcastle, Gateshead or Durham area in particular. With 360 hectares of mixed woodland, it has been recognised as a PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site). This means it was an ancient forest but in more recent times it has been planted with modern timber crops. Most of the ancient trees, predominantly oak, were felled in the 17th and 18th century for ship and bridge building. The remnants of these still survive on the steep crags above the river Derwent. 

It's a brilliant location for couples photography, especially near golden hour when the sun breaks through the trees, drenching everything in a golden yellow light. Once you are away from the parking area you really could be in the middle of a vast, ancient woodland, and you rarely see or hear other people. Add a dog, and it's one of my favourite places in the North East.

One day I'll come here with my own dog. One day.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Would you bring your dog along on your couples shoot? If so, I'd love to hear from you! Drop me a line via my contact page and start the conversation. And you can see more couples shoots and real weddings, on my Newcastle weddings page.