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Back in January I put a social media post out asking for volunteers to take part in a Newcastle engagement shoot. Having had some rare time off over Christmas I was excited to get shooting again before heading into this year's wedding season. It was also a great excuse to refresh my engagement portfolio. Thinking I would get maybe 4 or 5 volunteer couples I couldn't believe my luck when I heard from literally hundreds of local couples who were keen to take part. Sadly the day only contains so many hours so I got intouch with the first 8 couples who contacted me and set a date. The for the Newcastle engagement shoot day the plan was to work my way around the city centre meeting the couples at different locations. This would allow me to experiment with different lighting and backdrops. I love working with people and my main aim is always to get my couples to relax in front of the camera and just have some fun. I do this with a very fine blend of giving slight direction, so people don't feel too awkward and static, and talking absolute bollocks! I really do enjoy finding out about people and getting people chatting helps them open up a bit. The majority of shots I take on a wedding day or pre wedding shoot are the 'in between' moments when we're just laughing or joking around. It's safe to say I'm not the most formal of photographers but the couples I book don't want that. I appreciate that standing in front of a camera and acting natural is weird as hell so I'm all about getting rid of the awkwardness and just having a laugh. 

For this Newcastle engagement shoot we started at Central Station with Vanessa and Jared, making the most of the amazing architecture. I then met Kate and Sean behind the station near the Boilershop Steamer where there was some perfect light and urban backdrops. I met Kayleigh and Matty on the High Level Bridge where the repeated metal arches provided a perfect frame. Hannah and Michael met me at The Town Wall pub and indulged all my crazy photographer whims, finishing their session in a carpark stairwell with amazing light. After lunch I headed down to the quayside meeting Kerry and Craig at the Great Brittish Cupcakery for an afternoon tea themed shoot. Kate and Graham then met me at the Baltic Centre For Art where we played with light and reflections. I did have one illness induced cancellation so rather than sit idol I blackmailed my baby brother and his gorgeous girlfriend to step in. A slightly reluctant Matt and Sarah met me at The Sage Gateshead where we could make the most of the colourful graffiti. I then finished my day with Sophie and Jo, heading up towards the iconic Tyne Bridge.

All in all it was a brilliant day with even more brillant people. We even got some sun (though the temperature nearly had my fingers dropping off). Thank you so much to everyone who took part.

Here's just a small preview of the final images, enjoy!

Rosie x x

If you're getting married or are looking for a pre wedding shoot and want a laid back approach please get in touch either at www.rosieimages.com or email contact@rosieimages.com

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