February 11, 2012

Re & Jon, Pre-wedding shoot at Loughborough University, 2012.

Last Sunday we met up with Re and Jon @ Loughborough University for their pre wedding shoot and discuss the details of their day.

We usually meet at the venue to scope out the area and look for possibilities for shots on the wedding day. However they are getting hitched at Caswell House in the delightful picturesque Cotswold town of Burford near Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. The venue and surrounding grounds will provide an amazing backdrop for their wedding but is a little far to travel to and from in a day.

Re and Jon met at University and this is where their relationship grew over many years so it’s a special place for them. They loved showing us around and telling us old uni stories.

We started shooting at the heart of the campus near the old halls of residence. They had a photo route planned out for us! We had to get some shots of this frozen fountain! It looked awesome. We always begin with the zoom lens to create some distance between us and the couple. This allows them to relax and chat whilst we shoot around them.

This is Loughborough Beam Engine, a six column waterworks engine by James Watt, 1850. This has been on campus since 1934 having being presented to the college by the metropolitan water board. It made for a cool location shot!

It was freezing conditions so we got them both to have a hug and keep warm! Tim was hugging me whilst I shot this 😉 .


Once we had finished hugging we jumped in the car and headed to the next location. They took us to some lovely gardens tucked in away within the University buildings.

The Gardens had this fantastic old red brick wall surrounding it. We love get some colour involved with portraits and this wall was perfect.

You can’t beat some 50mm 1.4 action (1.2 users be quiet…)

At this point we were all starting to feel the cold and fingers stopped working! So we agreed after a couple more shots to grab a brew and refuel.


After a good brew we were ready to visit the final few spots. We loved this little stair case for some quirky shots.

Whilst I’m shooting one shot, Paul is always shooting another like this close up on the ring and the shot below from the side.

We finished at the University entrance and got the last few shots here.

The “Teapotting” shot is for a friend that both me and Jon know, Mr Kenny Wilson who has a passion for what he calls “freestyle teapotting.” Photographs in the pose above, very similar to a teapot. See here.

Back at Re and Jon’s house we had another brew and some biscuits whilst dicussing the final details of the big day. Jon getting google maps on with the venue location.

As we set off back Yorkshire the snow had started!

We had an awesome day with Re and Jon and can’t wait to shoot their wedding in April! see you soon guys 🙂


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