When Tina and JM booked me for their Sikh wedding photography a couple of months ago we decided on an Oxford pre-wedding shoot, which is a pretty spectacular location. Setting off in the morning from London, I was met with dark and rainy skies, but no bother, as I am happy to shoot in any sort of weather although I was hoping for at a least a brief spell of dry weather. After a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant, we decided to go for it even though the weather was pretty dire with a strong wind and intermittent rain. So, brollies and cameras to hand, we set off!
On a pre-wedding shoot, also known as an engagement shoot, I like to take a nice and easy wander about the chosen location looking for good light, locations and interesting compositions. I keep things nice and simple and shoot with a single camera and lens – with multiple backups in my bag of course, just in case. I prefer using natural light as much as possible as I believe this to be the most aesthetically pleasing of light there is. Sometimes I may break out a small remote controlled flashgun for a bit of supplemental lighting or for dramatic effect when warranted.
We wandered around the magnificent Oxford city centre, capturing a variety of shots, including shooting in the grounds of one of the colleges. Then it was time for a coffee break before heading to the river to wrap up with a final few shots in the lashing rain. Many thanks again to Tina & JM who were a pleasure to work with. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and cannot wait for the wedding day in a few weeks!