Updated: Jul 2, 2021
A beautiful sunny day led to a spectacular sunset for Victoria and Peter's engagement photoshoot at Rutland Water.
I love pre-wedding photoshoots, not only because I get to take photos (which is kinda my jam), but because my couples and I get to work through some of the nerves and awkwardness that go hand in hand with being in front of (and behind) the camera with strangers for the first time.
When I met Victoria and Peter at Normanton on the south shore of Rutland Water, it was a gloriously sunny evening. The type of sun that's shined bright all day to brush away every cloud on the horizon, and still blazed with a strength to keep them away. In fact, it was so bright it was painful to look westwards towards the millpond reservoir which was now an enormous blinding mirror. I only dared glance that way for a second or two to admire the view, but only then with sunglasses for fear of permanent eye damage!
Needless to say, no photos could be taken in that direction but I knew it was going to lead to a spectacular sunset, and we were not disappointed.
We spent an hour or so walking, chatting and taking some beautiful couple photographs around Normanton Church and the walkways surrounding the reservoir. Then we moved into a more wooded area so we could take advantage of the slowly burnishing sun to capture some silhouette photos.
Peter is a keen fly fisherman and we thought it would be perfect to incorporate his hobby into the photoshoot, and we moved to the water's edge to set up all the gear. The sun was really starting to show her true colours now as golden hour approached, and the photos were starting to take on that glorious warmth that can only come from an approaching sunset.
I had to ask Peter & Victoria if they would mind staying later than our scheduled end time, and I'm so glad they agreed because just look at the sky that Mother Nature gave us! If she does the same at their wedding in September, I will have one happy couple.
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