Emma + James / North London

Before I started my photography business I lived in London for six years. I used to spend the weekends exploring: bit by bit I’d visited all the parks, walk down new streets, pop into exciting shops selling very fashionable but completely unpractical items and mentally noting places that would make a great location for a photo shoot. Last week I travelled back to London to meet up with James and Emma for their pre-wedding photo shoot before their wedding this summer. I was really looking forward to meeting them again to hear how their wedding plans are developing, but also to finally use London as a backdrop!

We met in Crouch End and made our way down the winding streets to Alexandra Palace, stopping off to pose by garages, in the doorway of a quirky shop and under a beautiful tree in blossom. Alexandra Palace is at the top of big hill offering the best views around, it is also very architecturally interesting, with lots of great lines and shapes I could draw from.

Couples who are about to get married often say to me that they hate being photographed. If you don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera, I always suggest allowing some time to meet up in advance for a pre wedding shoot. This takes around 1.5 – 2 hours, at a beautiful location of your choice and is designed to be fun and relaxed. It will give you a real insight into what would happen on your wedding day, so when the day does arrive you’re feeling relaxed and excited about being photographed.

Photography is a big part of anyone’s wedding day, so it is important you enjoy the experience and is feels like it’s a pleasure rather than a chore. Pre-wedding shoot photographs make fantastic thank you presents and can be made into beautiful personalised guests books or signing boards.

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