A Winter ‘Couples Photoshoot’ in Winchester

It was a day of almost arctic temperatures when I met up with Lisa and Paul in Winchester, Hampshire for their couples photoshoot. Despite the mercury struggling to make it above zero and the windchill factor taking it well back down below, Lisa braved the session in the most amazing tulle skirt and leather jacket, plus a selection of hats! Lisa, like me is a bit of a hat person, so it totally met with my approval.

I always offer outfit advice before a session, as some people are just not sure what will photograph well, but in this case Lisa (who also happens to be a flippin’ amazing lifestyle photographer from And Then She Clicked in Bracknell) needed no help at all – she has an individual style and is not afraid to rock it!

Now I truly adore couples photoshoots .. and by couples i’m not talking about newly engaged, in the first throes of love and their journey together kinda couples … I’m talking about couples who have been THROUGH it. They have kids, they have responsibilities and pressures, they’ve been together FOR.EVER.

For these couples a photography session together is something really quite special. It’s not just a chance to get some pretty photos of them smiling at the camera, it’s a chance to take time out, without children or distraction and spend time together, breathe each other in… Remembering how it used to be when they were first falling love and had all the time in the world. As parents it’s not often we allow ourselves that sort of indulgence.

Lisa and Paul have such an amazing relationship… they have 3 beautiful children together and their family is everything to them.  They’ve have never forgotten how to have fun together and are absolutely the best of friends. There is so much love, laughter and joy between them, but they keep each other firmly grounded, offering support and strength when needed.  It was lovely to capture all the different facets of their marriage in a series of beautiful photos, even if I could only just about feel my fingers to press the shutter! I honestly have no idea how they coped without coats for some of the shots, but I’m so glad they did!

After starting our session late afternoon by the River Itchen, which runs through Winchester and were lucky to have a brief but beautiful sunset meaning we could get some fabulous backlit images. We then made our way along the beautiful old city walls (which make a fabulous backdrop) and scampered around the Winchester cathedral grounds to find the remaining pockets of light before we had to call it a day. The gorgeous couple were making the most of the babysitter by having dinner out after we finished, something I would advise all my couples to do to prolong the ‘date’ if you can.

 

I know for some couples they feel a little awkward having their photos taken… many haven’t had any professional photos taken since their wedding and back then it was very much ‘look this way and smile everyone’. I run my sessions a little differently to that. We chat, we play games, you begin to relax and whisper sweet nothings as I gently guide you into the best positions… ‘Unposed posing’ is a whole art form!

You don’t ever need to worry that you ‘won’t know what to do’. You will be seamlessly guided through the whole thing, I promise!

 

If it’s high time you took a little time out together, made some great memories and created some beautiful portraits of the two of you, let’s chat!

I may also have a very exciting and exclusive location to share with a few lucky clients in the late spring and summer… think beautiful woodland at dusk, campfires, hot chocolate and snuggling together under a gorgeous patchwork blanket… If this is your kind of location let me know quickly – I’ll have very limited availability on these sessions.

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  • Nikki22nd March 2018 - 9:44 pm

    What a beautiful blog post Donna. I love how natural these shots are and it’s also great to hear about the ‘behind the scenes’ aspect of this couples’ shoot. Look forward to the next one! You really are a fantastic photographer ReplyCancel

  • Donna Slater23rd March 2018 - 11:22 am

    Thank you so much Nikki! ReplyCancel

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