Engagement Shoot – Leonie & Stewart

21 Jun

Here is a lovely engagement shoot by the fab Chris Jackson, a Northern based wedding photographer. Chris is primarily based in Leeds and Manchester but will travel throughout the country and attend destination weddings to capture your special day. Leonie and Stewart live over in Vancouver however Stewart is from Harrogate. It’s always nice to be able to feature fellow Yorkshire folk. Enjoy!

Wednesday 20th April, one of the first few days of this amazing sunny weather we’ve been treated to in the UK this year. And Leonie & Stewart couldn’t have asked for a better day to do their engagement shoot.

 Having had our initial pre-wedding meeting via Skype as they only came over to the UK this week, so we had to work quickly to do their engagement shoot on the 20th and then I was over at Rudding Park, Harrogate to capture their wedding on the 22nd. So not a very long time to work with, but I have to hand it to them both, they are a lovely couple who we instantly adapted to the camera and enabled me to capture them in some relaxed shots.

I believe the key to a good engagement session is a good connection between both the couple and myself as the photographer, and both Stew & Leonie made it a pleasure to do this shoot with them.

The key to relaxed and good images that encapsulate the couples personalities is to first engage with one another and have a chat about nothing really, simply to show that photographers are nice people to and we don’t just hide behind our cameras.

 I like to give my couples minimal guidance in an engagement shoot. We do a quick mini site scout to look which areas of the sessions location will work best for the images and then we get on with it.

We were surrounded by the beautiful remains of Knaresborough Castle which, accompanied by the weather, just made everything so easy to photograph.

After an hour, we had captured all of the amazing images above, and quickly finalised the paperwork and running order for their wedding in 2 days time. After this it was farewell for now, and I knew that photographing their big day was going to be a true pleasure.

The surroundings, the camera work and Leonie and Stewart themselves really do make for a lovely engagement shoot. The happy couple are naturals in front of the camera however I do believe that if you are so in love it does come across well on camera without feeling forced, just as it does in this shoot.

Laura x


2 Responses to “Engagement Shoot – Leonie & Stewart”


  1. Real Yorkshire Wedding – Leonie & Stew « BonfireNightBride - July 5, 2011

    […] month I posted the adorable engagement shoot of Vancouver based lovers Leonie & Stew. Now I have the wedding for all to see! The ceremony […]

  2. Stewart & Leonie - Engagement Session featured | Chris Jackson Leeds Wedding Photographer - Leeds Creative Documentary Wedding Photography in Yorkshire, Manchester and the UK - July 9, 2012

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