Claire & Stu Pre Wedding Shoot

There are many good reasons for doing a pre-wedding shoot (keep your eyes peeled for a blog post about that soon…), and it is really important for me to really know the bride and groom.  In this case I knew them already – Claire and Stu are friends of ours who have asked me to photograph their wedding, but in a way it is even more important to go out for a pws.  I like to spend time chatting about what is happening on their wedding day, and although I had a pretty good idea from talking to them before, I wanted to make sure I had it all sorted in my head.

I crossed the border over into the Black Country to a place that had special significance to Claire – a canal junction area where she spent time with her Dad on his narrowboat, and it was a really interesting place to shoot.  It was a chilly morning, so half way through we stopped for a brew at the canal side cafe.  I had spotted a couple of cups they had for sale in charity shop section, which had Golden Wedding Anniversary on them, so I bought them and incorporated them into part of the shoot, and handily doubles up as a present for them in 50 years time when they are celebrating their anniversary (this way I won’t have to remember a present – just a card…)

So, this is a taste of their pre-wedding photography, before their vintage wedding in a couple of weeks time….


Written by James Crockford

James Crockford

As a photographer, I genuinely enjoy the process of taking photos – the interaction, creativity and happy clients keep me enthusiastic and innovative. Many people find it awkward having their photograph taken – I use my experience to put people at ease so that I can get the most out of them, often in a short period of time.

Over the years I have been a professional photograph, I have won both regional and national awards, and I have been awarded an LMPA from the Master Photographers Association.

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