You might have seen my post back in February about my inspiration for our Engagement photoshoot. We were given a voucher for a photoshoot with Mackney Portraits and Makeovers as a gift from my Mum. We were both a bit nervous about what to expect (it wouldn’t be an overreaction to say Christian was dreading it!). But as soon as we arrived at the studio, we were instantly made to feel welcome. Simon was really keen to find out what we wanted from the shoot, looking through some inspiration images and talking about the images I had posted on here.
He also showed us around the studio, and explained our options for the day. Although I was really tempted by the rustic wooden backdrop, and the exposed brickwork, I knew we would feel more comfortable outside. Luckily, the studio is based in Darley Abbey Park in Derby, so we didn’t have go to far to get some fabulous scenery.
We originally thought we might like to use the final photograph as our Save the Date, so we took some burlap bunting with us (courtesy of my mum), and the chalk board from our engagement party. And of course we also took our dog Primrose.
Simon started with some ‘warm up’ shots in a doorway just around the side of the studio. We then went a bit further so that we could get some images next to the river. We managed to re-create the various poses I had picked out… some were easier than others! We tried this one, and it’s safe to say it didn’t work!
So after about 1000 photo’s, the shoot was finished. Our faces hurt from smiling, but we were really pleased with how it went.
A week later, we returned to the studio to view our photo’s with Wendy. Again, we were made to feel really welcome as she played us a slideshow (to music!) of the best of our images. Then the hard bit began… we had to narrow them down! Our voucher included a Wall Art Block, so we decided to start by picking out our favourite photo for this. The voucher included £95 towards Wall Art, and my Mum had kindly given us a £50 voucher to add to this. It was so hard to decided between all of the lovely images, and the different style of artwork. After what felt like hours of going back and forth (sorry Wendy!), we decided we would buy two more of the Wall Art Blocks, so that we could display them as a set of three on the wall at home.
Here are the three photo’s we chose. Apologies for the poor quality, I had to take photo’s of the photo’s so they look a bit fuzzy, but trust me they are great quality in real life!
We chose this one because we love the lighting, and our not overly smiley faces
This is my favourite, I love that we are looking at each other rather than the camera. It’s the only one we chose with Primrose in… isn’t she beautiful!
This one is 100% natural laughter. We thought we would try a piggy-back shot and we just ended up in hysterics.
Here are the three blocks. We haven’t decided where we will put them yet, though the Hallway is a strong contender at the moment.
During our photoshoot, Simon and Wendy told us about a service they offer called ‘Wedding Rewind‘. This is a chance for the bride to put on her wedding dress again to have some more photo’s taken. At first, I wasn’t sure why anyone would want/need these if they get a good photographer on the day. But Wendy explained it’s a good opportunity to get some more styled shots and when you’re feeling more relaxed. On the big day, I can imagine I wont want to spend too long posing for photo’s away from all of our guests. There is also the risk that the weather wont be on our side (well we have chosen October!) so it is good to know that we could get some of the outdoor shots I am hoping for at a later stage.
If you are Derby or Midlands based, I would highly recommend getting in touch with Simon and Wendy. They offer a truly professional, yet welcoming service. Their passion for their work is clear and it really does show in the final artwork.
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