Liz & Dale
Virginia Water Lake, Windsor Great Park, Virginia Water Engagement Shoot
I met Liz and Dale at Virginia Water on yet another sunny weekend in April (we have been very lucky in 2017). The place was so busy. It’s amazing how the first bit of sunshine in Britain seems to bring so many people out. Luckily the estate is very large so we were able to find relatively quiet parts to shoot and enjoy our afternoon.
I was taken back upon meeting Dale, having only had correspondence with Liz before that. It turned out that we had been at school together about 200 miles away in Halifax. Given that I work under a different surname from my school days (a brand that stuck from my years as an actor / photographer) it was a surprising coincidence for us both. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up on where life had led Dale, to his meeting Liz and their new life in the south of England.
Virginia Water Lake is part of Windsor Great Park, a place you could easily spend a day as there is a huge amount to do. I barely scratched the surface with Liz and Dale as we walked down to the waterfall. Hidden amongst the Surrey trees, it is a little oasis of cascading lake water to wash away the trouble of your week. I have shot a lot recently in central London hustle and bustle, and it was a lovely change to shoot surrounded by the calmness of this spot. Even with all the other people enjoying their day it felt soft and intimate, perfect for a romantic shoot.
We ended up near the Leptis Magna Ruins, a roman style relic which was the fashion in such estates in the early 1800s. They feel slightly odd in amongst the grand vistas, but elegant in their own way. But on this afternoon I was more interested in the shade that we found underneath the bridge nearby. It was another bright sunny day, and I always find myself bee-lining for those little spots of shade perfect for our pictures. My apologies to anyone who wanted to see the ruins at this point when I was lying in the middle of the entrance. I hope you agree it was worth the extra 30 seconds wait!
Liz and Dale are having a large wedding, around about 350 guests! It’s a big affair and it will take a lot of effort to even see everyone individually. I always think the “Bride & Groom Portraits” are extra special in big weddings. It gives a short break away from your wedding guests where you can just enjoy a more private moment with your loved one. The bonus of having done an engagement shoot as well means that this time isn’t ruined by being nervous about having your photo taken. You’ve done it all before and you can focus on enjoying your wedding day. For Liz and Dale, I could see them becoming more and more comfortable as the shoot went on. It’s always something that makes me smile.
I couldn’t travel out to Virginia Water without getting at least a few water based shots. So I braved the direct sunlight and pulled out my lights. It took a bit of overpowering, but looking back on the completely pure blue sky I am not surprised. I love the depth of blue that this style of photography creates though. I like the intimacy a blank canvas brings to the image. It makes it feel far away from the buzz of the crowds which you can just pick out on the far bank of the water.
Congratulations Liz & Dale!
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