Innocent Engagement Session Turned Epic Mud-Bath!
When some good friends of mine, Nikki and Mark, booked me to photograph their engagement photos I knew I was in for a treat. But nothing could have prepared me for the epic battle soon to come! We put our heads together to find a good location. In Balcombe there is an impressive viaduct that bridges a valley, creating a stunning architectural view when standing in the middle. A past bride and groom introduced me and I’ve been aching to go back since.
We had been battling recent bad weather but luckily it held out for our shoot and even provided a beautiful sunset. When we got there, the path to the viaduct was really muddy. We debated going to a different location but decided to persevere. I mentioned that when you’re faced with less-than-ideal weather or circumstances, the best thing to do is somehow embrace them and make them part of the shoot. “If you’re up for it,” I said, “at the end of the shoot we can take your shoes off and get some really cool shots with muddy feet.” They both agreed and we dove into the shoot.
The shots with the viaduct as our backdrop turned out amazing! The engaged pair took to the camera instantly and had no trouble looking natural and romantic. We were fighting freezing February temperatures but they then boldly shed their shoes and jumped toe-first into the mud…
I’m going to let the pictures tell the rest of the story. It suffices me to say that Nikki and Mark are hardcore! They weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty…or clothes, legs, arms, hair, and faces either, and they got the epic engagement photos of the century! I can’t wait for the wedding now, although I think we might have to keep the dress away from the mud. Unless………….!
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