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Sam and Jon’s pre-wedding photographs in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

I’ll be the photographer at Sam and Jon’s wedding next month in Ditchling Chapel, East Sussex. Like many people Sam isn’t keen on having her photograph taken so, when the couple booked me last year, we agreed to do a pre-wedding shoot before the main event. I thought somewhere with some trees and greenery would be good, to make a change from the Brighton seafront, and Jon suggested Stanmer Park.
If you do feel a bit unsure about being photographed, having some pictures taken before your wedding is a really good way of getting used to the camera. It also gives you a chance to tell the photographer what you want and for the photographer to find out how you and your fiancee work together.
Sam is quite specific about what she likes and doesn’t like, nothing too posed, no staring dewy eyed into the distance, no arty poses etc. She wanted the photos to be as natural as possible. Meeting a photographer you don’t know very well and having a large lens pointed at you is not a particularly natural situation, so there has to be a degree of direction and posing. What I tried to do here was to suggest locations and poses, give Sam and Jon long enough to settle in and feel more relaxed, then just do what they do normally. I think towards the end of a fairly short session this was beginning to work and we got a few really nice photos. That’s genuine emotion in those last two pics you know, they aren’t faking it!

Engaged couple lying in grass in Brighton park
Couple in Brighton park before marriage
Woman leaning against tree being kissed by fiancee
Close up of pre wedding couple laughing in Brighton woodland
Pre-wedding couple kissing in Brighton woodland
Pre-wedding couple seen embracing through trees

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