Lake District engagement shoot – Ma Sha & Xiaoxiao – September 2012

Update: This engagement shoot was featured on top wedding blog: Brides up North (click link)

Around a month ago I was contacted by Ma Sha to enquire about an engagement shoot with a difference. Ma Sha and Xiaoxiao are both from China, but have been studying in the UK for a few years. They met here, fell in love here, and got engaged to be married here. But Xiaoxiao’s job is taking them to Norway later this year, and this is where they plan to get married. To celebrate their engagement they wanted something a little bit special. I jumped for joy when they loved my idea to take a trip to my beloved Lake District.

The day started at 8:30am when we left Preston for the Lakes, first stop, Ashness Bride just south of Keswick. It was a long drive but well worth it, Ashness Bridge is so beautiful and the perfect place to start the day’s shooting. Next we drove up the road to Watendlath for a spectacular stone bride. The next stop was Castlerigg Stone Circle just east of Keswick. By now the sun was shining down on us, which warranted a splash of off-camera flash to liven things up. Ma Sha and Xiaoxiao were thoroughly enjoying the day. Ma Sha couldn’t help but play with the camera creating some fun photos. For lunch we stopped at Chester’s in Skelwith Bridge and then onto Hodge Close quarry. Now, half my garden is covered in Westmorland Green slate from Hodge Close after many a visit, I knew the large boulders of slate would make for diverse and interesting photos. Again, I had a play with off camera flash to create nice shadows with the rocks. A quick hop over to Tiberthwaite where I knew there was some old stone buildings in ruin, perfect for portraits. Finally we drove to Coniston Water north shore. The sun was beating down which helped in my persuasion of them going into the lake for photos.

The finale shot was for them to jump off the jetty. Amazing! To minimise the back-light sun, I waded out into the water myself to the waist deep to get a slightly better angle. With £5k+ of camera and lens in my hand (Nikon D3s and 70-200), it is only now I realise how foolish that may have been.

Such an amazing day from start to finish. Ma Sha and Xiaoxiao had so much fun. I’ve made two good friends and they love these photos! I’m currently persuading them that it is best for me to photograph their wedding in Norway next year! 😉 Enjoy and please comment at the bottom…

If you are getting married, or even if you are not and would like a Lake District engagement session, then please get in touch. If you have yet seen a complete wedding of mine, then please take a look at Becky and Graham’s wedding

  • 24/09/2012 - 2:39 PM

    Johnboy Wilson - Great work Dave, so many different emotions and superb technique throughout. Really love these 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 28/10/2012 - 4:52 PM

    Martin Hemsley - Wow, that looked like a great day. Great use of the locations, and certainly a fun looking couple.ReplyCancel

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