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Abbie & Ryan’s Hylands House Engagement Shoot

 

If you’ve been on our blog before, you’ll have heard me say that an engagement shoot is a great way to not only “rehearse” being in front of the camera but it’s also a great way to celebrate being engaged.  And to be honest, this year’s couples definitely need that extra bit of love thrown at them as they’ve navigated through Covid and what it may mean for their wedding.

For Abbie and Ryan, we’re hoping their Hutton Hall wedding still goes ahead in December this year, please keep your fingers crossed!

As they’re having a winter wedding, we thought we’d embrace the sunshine and have a summer Hylands House engagement shoot.  We headed there later in the afternoon for gorgeous light and typically places are quieter then compared to earlier in the day, especially on a weekend.  However, we were met with a very busy park this time round, of course – it’s the only way people can socialise! 

But we managed to find some secluded spots and were even treated to some really creative light rainbows and sun flares during the shoot.  It’s why I love shooting later in the day, this wasn’t quite golden hour, but that soft hazy light is so beautiful!

Abbie and Ryan’s Hyland House Engagement Shoot

 
Couple kissing on their engagement shoot at Hylands House. Image by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Couple on their engagement shoot amongst the long grass. Image by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Hylands House engagement shoot. Image by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Hylands House engagement shoot. Image by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Woodland engagement shoot at Hylands House.  Images by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Light rainbows and sun flares across the couple in their engagement shoot - images by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
Hylands House engagement shoot by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
walking through the gardens at Hylands House.  Images by Essex wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
 

Where would you choose to have your engagement shoot?  If you’re struggling to think, take a look back over some of our amazing couples and their engagement shoots.  And if there is somewhere that means something to you both (like Eesha and Sanj with Brighton, Hannah and Alex at the Victorian swimming baths in London or Charlie and Fred with Bristol) then embrace it – it helps tell your story as a couple. 

And if you’re still stuck, we can always help with recommendations as we’re always on the look out for great shoot spots.

Until next time,

Amanda x

 
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