Award Winning Engagement Photography

Two more Diamond Awards this week for photos from two fantastic engagement shoots!

The first was this image from Rachel and Andy's Pre-Wedding in Norwich, taken, as you might notice, as the sun set behind them. I've since photographed their amazing wedding at Keeper and the Dell which you can find featured on the blog!

The second winning photo was taken under the Pier at Southwold on a beautiful evening for Robyn and Ryan's pre-wedding photography on the Suffolk coast. They'll be getting hitched this coming weekend in Southwold before celebrating their nuptials at Bruisyard Hall and Barn!

The Diamond Awards are the WPJA’s, first-ever, standalone portrait contest for Engagement Photography. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners). I'm stoked to learn of the news!

Here’s just a few more of my favourites from Rachel and Andy and Robyn and Ryan – enjoy!


Southwold Pre-Wedding Photography

So, this little shoot came off the back of a good run of weddings, 5 weddings in the previous 10 days and I can not wait to blog them all but this little shoot is going up now since, compared to a wedding, it's just a heck of a lot quicker to edit (but certainly no less fun to shoot - it was only an hour but I had such a good time!).

Robyn and Ryan are getting married in October at the church in Southwold, before a reception at Bruisyard Hall which, will be the first time there for me, I'm really looking forward to it!

So, without further ado, just a small selection from a fantastic hour in sunny Suffolk - cheers guys for being such great fun. I'll see you again soon - enjoy!

 

 


The One at Wells Harbour | Lucy & Simon

Pre-Wedding Photography in North Norfolk

It's Lucy & Simon's wedding today at Godwick Hall and I cannot wait to see them again.

Their pre-wedding shoot took place in January - I have no idea what we were thinking - it was freezing! But despite the weather, we had so much fun!

They are such an easy going couple and because of that, so very easy to photograph. They are just great together! It wasn't a "posey" shoot (by a long shot), it was just the two of them and a day out in Wells, eating fish and chips, playing the arcades and being a little bit silly. They laughed - a lot - and that always makes for great photos! But when we did stop do to some portraits by the sunset - oh wow!

All in all a perfect shoot for me, I really can not wait to see them again this morning - enjoy!


Diamond Award | Engagement Photographer

A wet, windy and wonderful engagement session in Norwich

It was wonderful to hear, from the WPJA that I won a Diamond Award this week for the photograph above of Rhea and Pieter on their pre-wedding photoshoot in Norwich.

Dodging the wet and the wind, these two, nonetheless, made the absolute most of the day. And Rhea's hat and scarf combo added a good dash of colour on what was an otherwise very grey afternoon.

We grabbed coffee together and sheltering from the rain, they treated me to lunch as well. It was a great way to catch up with them about their wedding plans at the amazing Narborough Hall near Kings Lynn.

The Diamond Awards are the WPJA’s, first-ever, standalone portrait contest for Engagement Portraits. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners) so, being only a recent(ish) member and being one of the first awards I've entered, I was absolutely over the moon to learn of the news!

Here's just a few more of my favourites from the day - enjoy!


BEACH ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY IN PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Rob, those photos are just incredible! 😁❤️ my god I’m a model!!! 😂😂 we are soooo pleased!!!

I love engagement photography. It's an amazing way to get to know each other before the wedding day, have some pre-wedding fun and for a couple to get comfortable in front of the camera. Lee had been a bit nervous about the shoot but as you'll see below, he did just fine! Jordan, on the other hand is not exactly the shy and retiring type!

This shoot was extra special as the beach was the same beach where Lee and Jordan got engaged, it was perfect! I also got to join Jordan, Lee, their friends and family for a pre-wedding meal, looking out on the beach, after our shoot. The very next day, I was there to capture their wedding.

It was an amazing beach engagement session in Praia da Oura, in the Algarve. Their love, their outlook on life and their energy are infectious and this made the shoot so easy. They have a chemistry that I can't put into words, a true bond but if you know them, you'll know precisely what I mean!

With the weather forecast for the wedding day looking less than ideal, I wanted to make the most of the good weather while we had it and, so we spent a beautiful evening wandering the beach and around the hotel grounds. I like to do as little posing as possible on these shoots, offering a little direction here and there, otherwise it's really just about capturing some smiles, some laughter and a little of that chemistry they got going on. I might love these two a little bit - enjoy!


engagement photography on the norfolk coast

Engagement Photography

Pre-Wedding Photography

With my first wedding of 2018 coming up this weekend, the blog may take a back seat for a while and so, before the wedding season starts, a little look at  pictures from some of the wonderful couples I've had the pleasure of getting together with this past month.

First up, Rhea and Pieter who are getting married at one of my favourite venues, Narborough Hall. It's been too long since I last had the opportunity of a wedding at Narborough Hall but I will be hooking up with this gorgeous couple in September to photograph what I'm sure will be an incredible day!

We spent some time on a rather damp and windy day in Norwich but the weather did nothing to dampen our spirits and these two were all smiles throughout. We ate, we drank and we had a great time catching up about their plans. I can't wait to see them again!

Norwich pre-wedding photography

Next up, Hannah and Adam in the beautiful and historic city of York. I first met Hannah several years ago, at one of my early weddings in 2009 and almost a decade later, it felt like meeting an old friend. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with Hannah and Adam, catching up and hearing some more about them and their plans for the big day.

Their wedding at Middleton Lodge Estate, in North Yorkshire, takes place later this year and it looks like an amazing place to spend the day!

Here's just one from a fabulous couple of hours wandering around York together, as the sun set on the Minster.

a wedding portrait in York

Most recently, I got to spend an afternoon in the company of Emily and Tom. I absolutely love the North Norfolk Coast and I might love these two a little bit as well! They treated me to a pint after the shoot - a sure fire way to my heart for anyone reading and thinking about booking me for their pre-wedding photography!

North Norfolk coast + good light + good company + cosy fireside pint = winning. It was a great afternoon!

I'll be back at the wonderful Hautbois Hall, in the not too distant future, for more fun with these two - it's sure to be a good one!

engagement photography on the norfolk coast

If you're planning a wedding in 2019/2020 and fancy some pre-wedding photos to celebrate your engagement, then contact me to find out more!


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Norwich Pre-Wedding Photography

Coffee, cake and a Norwich Market lunch date with Annabelle and Titch!

Last week I made my into Norwich for a coffee and to meet up with an amazing couple, Annabelle and Titch, for their pre-wedding photography. I knew that it was going to be a good shoot after chatting to Annabelle on the phone. She was just as fun, relaxed and easygoing in person. After being introduced to Titch and finding out a little more about their wedding plans, we made our way to Norwich Market. It was a beautiful morning, crisp clear skies and sunshine were the order of the day – perfect for us to take a wander and make some photographs.

These guys are clearly smitten with one other. They were giggles and smiles the whole day (it was infectious) - they made my work easy and so much fun! We enjoyed a lovely stroll around Norwich, taking in lunch at  Jakey La Bakey on the market (try the Croque-Monsieur!) and finishing off with cake and coffee at No. 33 - perfect! Oh and I took some pics along the way - have a look below.

The time I spent with these two absolutely flew by. Thanks guys for being such great fun - enjoy your images! :-)


Pre-Wedding Photography

Norfolk Engagement Photography

A few photos from some of the pre-wedding and engagement shoots I've had the pleasure of this month.

Pre-wedding photography in North Norfolk

First up was Lucy and Simon, who are getting married at Godwick Hall later this year. Luckily, they're getting married in August because our day out in Wells was just a little cold, by which, I mean, it was bloody freezing! So, we enjoyed some Fish and Chips to warm us up and sheltered from the cold in the cafe and the amusements. It was a great day out in one of my favourite parts of the North Norfolk Coast. Lucy and Simon were great fun to hang out with and I can't wait to catch up with them again.

Engagement Photography in North Norfolk

Later the same week, I spent the afternoon with Amie and Daniel. They're getting married in August 2019 at Glebe Farm Barn. We spent the day at Cromer and for the second time in almost as many days, I got to eat fish and chips ... again! I've decided that this is obligatory if you do any kind of seaside or beach pre-wedding photography with me. Another freezing cold day, I got soaked to the bone as I was wiped out by a wave! But warming up by the fire, with a hot chocolate, in the Red Lion and Amie and Daniel for company afterwards made it totally worthwhile! A really relaxed and fun couple to be around, I can't believe I have to wait so long before I'll get to photograph them again! I laughed non-stop and if their friends and family are anything like Amie and Daniel then their wedding is going to be one heck of a party!

London Engagement Photography 

Luke and Jodie are getting married at Pinewood Studios! They had their engagement photos in London. It was the one day of the week where it absolutely chucked it down all day long! I got drenched through ... again but they treated me to a slap up meal where I managed to dry off and give my cameras some time to dry as well. The barmaid tried to wet us all again by spectacularly dropping our drinks from the tray on her way to our table but the food and company more than made up for having soggy socks! I love a couple who aren't bothered by the weather, they smiled and cuddled their way through in spite of the cold and wet - loved it!


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A Chilled Out Pre-Wedding Shoot at Home in Norwich

Pre-wedding photography in Norwich

Manon and Dave are friends of a couple whose wedding I photographed in Summer last year.  These guys, like their friends, were nothing short of amazing - really lovely company to spend the day with and they wined and dined me too! What could be better than that?

If you'd like to know more then check out this page for details about pre-wedding photography but otherwise dive on in!

This pre-wedding shoot happened almost a year ago now. That has flown by! It took place at their apartment in Norwich. A stunning space to photograph in. Dave put some of their favourite tunes on the turntable and he and Manon enjoyed some brunch followed by a lazy afternoon, reading and cosying up on the sofa. It was a really relaxed in-home session and I couldn’t have spent it with a lovelier couple.

Sadly, I won’t be there for their wedding. It’s in France and I’ll be photographing a wedding in Mallorca. As much as I’d love to be in two places at once, I’ve not figured out a way to do it … yet! But I’m so glad I got to meet these two anyway. Many thanks to Nicola and Joe for recommending me (Nicola and Joe's Hautbois Hall wedding is on the link!).

And to Manon and Dave, thanks so much for inviting me into your home. It was an absolute pleasure - enjoy!

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LILY & GARY | EATON PARK | NORWICH PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Norwich Engagement Portraits

A stroll around Eaton Park in Norwich for the pre-wedding photography of Lilly and Gary who are getting married tomorrow at Elms Barn in South Norfolk. A fine early Autumn day, the sun was out, the birds were singing and these two love birds, in particular, were the icing on the cake - enjoy!

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A couple by the boating lake at the UEA in Norwich

Norwich Engagement PhotographyBy Rob Dodsworth

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