Tess and Sean had the sweetest engagement shoot at Wenlock Priory in Shropshire back in August. It was such a beautiful day with gorgeous sunshine and these two showed up looking so dapper! Sean wore a very smart shirt and Tess had a gorgeous dark blue dress on (I’m still very jealous of her dress!). They chose to have their shoot at Wenlock Priory as this is somewhere that is near Tess’ parents, Tess and Sean now both live in Surrey however their wedding took place in Shropshire so they decided to have their engagement shoot here too! I’d never been to Wenlock Priory before so I was really excited to be shooting somewhere new. Wenlock Priory is a beautiful English Herritage site in Much Wenlock, much of the priory has disappeared over the years however the remains are fascinating and it really makes for a lovely day out and beautiful place to do a shoot. It isn’t a very big area however I really liked this because it can be a bit of a challenge, if you have endless grounds to work with there are lots of different options, if you only have a limited space to work in then it’s more of a creative challenge to use the space in different ways to create different images.
Sean and Tess were so easy to pose, they barely needed any direction at all! We did the shoot in the morning on a weekday which is always best somewhere like Wenlock Priory as it means it’s not too busy so you won’t get stared at mid-cuddle! The beginning of an engagement shoot is always weird, it’s not an everyday thing to have your photo taken, so don’t worry, it’s not supposed to feel normal and relaxed at this point! This usually results in nervous giggles though which I love! About halfway through the shoot is where you normally feel a lot more relaxed, by this point we’ve had a good chat to each other and had a good laugh together. Getting the nerves out of the way on the engagement shoot is perfect because this means on your wedding day we can just get killer shots straight away! (Also on your wedding day there’s added booze, that helps!). I loved using different parts of Wenlock Priory during their shoot. I liked getting really far back to get lots of the building detail in and using the building to frame them. One of my personal favourites is of Sean and Tess laughing, framed in the middle of one of the doorways.
I loved getting to know Tess and Sean during their engagement shoot, prior to the shoot most of my communication had been with Sean because sorting out the photography had been one of his jobs in the lead up to their wedding. This was the first time I’d actually chatted with Tess and as I suspected, she was just as lovely as Sean! I’ve since shot their beautiful wedding at Ellesmere College, it was so beautiful, I can’t wait to pop it up on the blog soon, keep your eyes peeled!