On a cold, drizzly day in October I drove over to The Venue, Halifax, a beautiful wedding venue beside a stream and a lake, nestled amongst the trees. I believe it’s really important to always seek to grow and improve. So when I saw on Instagram that Rosie Hardy had a couple of spaces left on her wedding photography workshop I jumped at the chance, and booked my spot that same night.
Workshops are great because they’re much slower-paced than actual wedding days, giving you time to try things you otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to. We spent all day with the models, when on a normal wedding day you might only get 20 or 30 minutes with the couple for their portraits. The result is a gorgeous set of photos – and a better knowledge of what works, so that in a more pressured environment I don’t need to waste time experimenting!
Rosie had constructed a beautiful hexagonal arch, complete with vintage rug and macrame, and gorgeous floral arrangements. This was set up with an amazing backdrop of autumn trees behind, perfect for a few bridal portraits before we did a ‘First Look’. First looks are still not that popular in the UK but are a big thing over in America, and something that I highly recommend considering, as they give you the opportunity for an intimate moment between yourselves, as well as helping to calm any nerves before your ceremony.
We then shot some couple portraits and our lovely models Lauren and Adam (a real life couple) looked very loved-up, with Lauren in an absolutely gorgeous lacy, boho-style gown.
True to style, Rosie had brought a little wooden bridge which she perched in the mud near the edge of the lake and we managed to capture some beautiful photos across the water, with a willow tree as a backdrop.
After this everyone was pretty chilly so we headed back inside, to take advantage of Emily K Weddings’ beautiful styling in the ceremony and wedding breakfast rooms.
Lauren changed into a magical, floaty, off-the-shoulder dress and we took a few more couple portraits. My favourites are the ones using the natural light from the window, lighting Lauren’s face beautifully, or creating lovely intimate-looking silhouettes and shadows.
A great day was had by all, and I’m really pleased with the photos that I took at the workshop. I hope you enjoy looking at them too!