April 21, 2015
On Saturday, 28th of March, Joel and I made our way an hour and a half down towards Oxfordshire for Ellie and Matt’s engagement shoot. To be more specific, our destination was a pair of hills in the Thames Valley situated in the quaint town of Little Wittenham. The forecast wasn’t looking great so we packed hiking boots, wellies, rain coats, 3 umbrellas, a blanket, bin bags and thermoses of hot chocolate (of course!!). Never having been to the area before, it was a delightful surprise to drive down the winding countryside roads. The town of Little Wittenham was so adorable I wanted to stop on every corner to take pictures!!
When we got to the hills, we met Ellie and Matt and immediately put on our hiking boots and set off to the top of the hills. At this point, the wind was blowing strong and the rain seemed far off, (yessss!) but it wasn’t long before the umbrellas were out and our battle against the elements began. I am personally surprised by how these photos turned out!! I have never had to photograph an engagement session in conditions like this! The only thing missing were the hail storms that so frequently happen in England during spring time!
I couldn’t thank Ellie and Matt enough for being so positive and adventurous. And thank you, Joel, for being the Bag Carrier, Umbrella Holder, Hot Chocolate Maker and Manager of Keeping Everything Dry!! It would have been easy to be disheartened by the weather, but by pressing on together we made some really wonderful photographs!
1. ALWAYS bring BIN BAGS. Even if the weather looks promising, they WILL come in handy (to sit on, put your bags in, and photograph through when the rain is heavy!).
2. ALWAYS bring a mid-shoot hot drink in cold weather. Everyone needs to stay warm and a tasty hot chocolate has proven to drastically uplift spirits! ;)
3. Stay positive no matter what. Positivity is what makes a shoot FUN and EXCITING even when all odds are against you!
“Matt and I met through our church youth group about 5 years ago and became good friends. We started chatting a bit more on Facebook and became really close, but in the summer before I went to university in York, and Matt went to do a gap year in Guildford, we decided against going out. However, the following summer we decided that we would give it a shot and finally started dating! After a year of long-distance dating, we decided that we wanted to be together on a more permanent basis and Matt popped the question on our anniversary!”