Sunset pre-wedding photography in a field full of cows
We’ve been super blessed with a Mediterranean quality of light that hit Corby countryside just before the sunset.
I was so excited to shoot the “love” again after a very long 6 months in lockdown. I had never met Daniella and Alex as they booked me for their wedding at Horthorpe Hall during the lockdown period. Arranging a pre-wedding shoot was such a great way to get to know them in person. Daniella and Alex decided to have their pre-wedding engagement shoot in their local fields in Cottingham just outside Corby. As soon as we arrived I spotted “the perfect spot” which was on top of a hill with the most beautiful “Mediterranean like” light. Golden hour is well known amongst photographers as the last hour before the sun sets, the light gets very warm-almost orange-like.
There was only one obstacle to overcome. The fields were full of young and extremely curious cows 🙂 Needless to say, our perfect photoshoot turned into a bit of a challenge. I was trying to maneuver the cows to my advantage to get some creative shots but dealing with a bunch of cheeky cows that did complete opposite from what I wanted them to do was very humorous. Quite literally “they were breathing on our necks” :)).
My ultimate goal during any of my pre-wedding photoshoots is to make the couple 100 % comfortable in my presents to the point they almost forget I’m even there. And that’s exactly how the magic happens and I get to capture those lovely natural-looking pictures. So when we all had relaxed a bit about being surrounded by loads of loose animals, Daniella and Alex focused on the moment, which, with Alex’s playful nature wasn’t too difficult.
Just after the sunset, it was the perfect time to do something edgier and dramatic using my off-camera studio flash. By this time the cows calmed down a bit and got used to us intruding their field. I managed to come up with a few spontaneous ideas on how to include them in our pictures without moving them around. I always like to challenge my self to do something different just to give my couples something unique and created on the spot just for them.
All in all, we definitely made the most of the location and the most beautiful autumn evening. This is exactly what I needed, to refresh my memory and recall how special and amazing it feels to photograph people in love.
I can’t wait to shoot Daniella and Alex’s wedding at Hothorpe Hall in March 2021. I know it will be one fantastic day!!! They are genuinely one of the most awesome couples I’ve had the pleasure to work with.