We do feel for all our couples who were due to have a family shoot or pre-wedding shoot with us and have had to postpone for the moment This time will pass and we can reschedule – we have various options, so please don’t worry, they will happen!
Port Sunlight Family Shoot
We were blessed to capture Casey and Chas along with their adorable girls – don’t you just love their bobble hats! Their Wirral family shoot took place in Port Sunlight at the end of February this year. It was a little chilly but a good excuse to cuddle up and keep each other warm and for the girls to run around. The Dell area in Port Sunlight is always a popular choice, spoilt for choice for locations. The early signs of Spring were around with crocuses and blossom coming out. We dodged a few rain clouds and chatted over hot chocolate afterwards to warm up and catch up with wedding plans.
We are always happy if you have children for them to come along on a pre-wedding shoot – it’s a great way to get to know each other. Get any shyness out of the way and to build a rapport with each other. Then we are all relaxed on the day at the beginning. All our couples absolutely love this time, when they can escape the planning for a wu=hile and take time out to be with each other. Plus they get some gorgeous precious family keepsakes. Chas and Casey, we know, are looking forward to getting some family images framed.
Hope you see from this short selection of images they will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy guys and we really look forward to your wedding. It may not be in May this year. Whenever it is it will be an amazing special family day and we will be there for you. xx
At Pixsmiths you know we love to take a special engagement ring shot
An enjoyable time capturing a family shoot as well as some pre wedding pictures Its nearly time for this family to be celebrating a wedding! Our couples always love a pre wedding shoot with us and family are always welcome too It’s always good to get some pics on your own too so we suggest a responsible adult comes along to look after any young children whilst teh couple have their own portraits.
Our style is very natural, not over posey. We want our couples to engage with each other and that is exactly what Emma & Kevin did. Lots of smiles and laughter at the ready. Really going to enjoy their spring wedding at Inglewood Manor. It was lovely to meet mum and the family too on this pre wedding shoot in our favourite local park on the Wirral – Royden Park.
Unfortunately the walled garden was closed during the visit – looks like they were re-planting and organising the garden Still plenty of other options to enjoy. The daffodils made for a beautiful frame. Emma spotted a Wirral rocks pebble which made for a unique ring shot.
Enjoy these highlights, just a few weeks to go til the wedding itself.
What a start to 2019! We love a bit of romance so when Matthew approached us to capture his surprise proposal to his girlfriend Kerrie over the Christmas period. We were only too happy to oblige! A Surprise Proposal is something that has been on our bucket list of things to shoot Ashton Park was the chosen location as this was where they had first met and they love the walk their rescue dog Louie here or along the Wirral Way too
The Surprise Proposal Plan
Matthew arranged a chat with us a month or so before and also so we would recognise him on the day! There was location scouting of the park for where Matthew could propose and we could be out of sight at different places and capture the moment Images were sent – denoting choices and a certain tree was earmarked for a certain time. We had our plan! As it happened New Year’s Day was the best day and time was set for mid morning so they then had the rest of the afternoon and evening with their families to share the news.
Capturing the Surprise Proposal
So New Year’s Day dawed – a little rain early o. The plan B for under the bridge to escape any rain was not needed as the skies cleared and evened turned to blue skies We made our way , a short walk from home to Ashton Park and took up our positions out of sight, hiding behind bushes! Soon Matthew and Kerrie arrived and we clicked away. Turned out just perfect, neither of them saw us! Sure they were just engrossed with each other.
We left them for a couple of minutes to hug and enjoy the moment to themselves, before joining them to congratulate them. kerrie was completely surprise. This was such a privilege to capture and what a wonderful start to 2019 for them.
The shooting didn’t end there we continued with an engagement shoot for them. Some 100 images in their gallery for them to treasure Here just a few highlights to enjoy.
If you know of any romantic guys who would love to surprise their girl with a ring and have it captured discretely them please get in touch!
Historic Birkenhead Priory what a great choice for this autumnal pre wedding shoot with Laura & Darren. We love trying out new locations for our couples on their pre wedding sessions. Birkenhead Priory was founded aground 1150. The monks of this former Benedictine monastery tended to travellers for about 400 years and began the first organised crossing of the River Mersey. The road leading down to the waterfront is called Monks Ferry. The Priory now hold a small museum and a chapel were marriages can take place on the Wirral The Refectory above the Chapter House can also be used for your reception. St Mary’s tower can also be climbed for some fabulous views over the river and adjacent shipyard The Priory is the oldest building standing on the Wirral so its definitely worth a visit.
Back to our shoot and we were blessed with no rain as we wandered around the ruins of the historic priory. It is well maintained and supervised by volunteer staff they will happily provide info. The kind staff of Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s Tower kindly permitted us to shoot here. Lots of photo opportunities in a small area, perfect for this shoot. The neighbouring shipbuilders of Camell Lairds makes for some interesting angles of old and new structures.
Beautiful engagement ring of Luara’s with unusual claw setting, Daren did well!
Darren and Laura were soon relaxed into the shoot, we don’t over pose and let couples be themselves. So there were lots of natural giggles, hugs and kisses. Love it when couples enjoy their session with us. Lots of gorgeous images for them which they will receive with their wedding USB
Ha this was a funny shot, a hair raising kiss!
Never believe a photographer when they say “think that’s a wrap”! We spotted a few more shots by an old brick wall. Plus some glorious golden autumnal colour on the trees still. Then we headed down to the river to see where the monks would have taken the ferry across the Mersey. Of course ideal opportunity to kick up some autumn leaves and more giggles!
So the following day was to be the big day for Janine and Bryan – their much awaited for wedding day atop the Perrotti Tower in Santa Maria di Castellabate We had already met up in the UK for a scenic shoot at Hardcastle Crags during the bluebell season We could resist however capturing a few more shots of them enjoying the late afternoon sunshine in the beautiful setting of Santa Maria di Castellabate This authentic Italian fishing village with the old town looking down from the hill above has won a place in our hearts – this was a fourth visit to this little piece of paradise.
We had flown in that morning and enjoying a stroll around town – it was lovely to see a local wedding taking place at the church just below the main the main square too The steps leading down were beautifully decorated with flowers and a white runner. We watched the confetti cannons go off, obliterating the couple and listened to the fireworks going off (couldn’t really see them in daylight!) Really got us in wedding mode though . Some snazzy dresses being worn in town too, such style the Italians have!
Amway back to our own loved up couple. Just a few quick shots as a delicious pizza was calling! The sun was setting as we went to the restaurant Look out soon for the blog of the wedding day itself. You won’t want to miss that one!
A sunny may day and we really enjoyed this afternoon stroll with Janine and Bryan for their Hardcastle Crags photo shoot prior to their destination wedding. Hardcastle Crags is not far from Hebden Bridge, a quirky boho mill town in West Yorkshire. Its claim to fame more recently as a childhood home of musician Ed Sheeran. Check out more info on this town with these 10 fascinating facts about Hebden Bridge Hardcastle Crags is a National trust property but free to enter – just a car parking charge for the day Our visit was perfectly timed for Bluebell season and the woodlands were awash with their colourful blooms.
Gibson Mill Woodland Wedding Venue
There are several paths at Hardcastle Crags to enjoy – it used to be home to a railway and a mill. We opted for the Mill path to Gibson’s Mill along the river bank. Trail maps and info can be picked up at the info point. The trails are all coloured coded and have matching way markers along the routes. The Mill itself a handy spot for a lunch break and a break between other trails.Did you know you can also get married at Gibson Mill ? A perfect location for couples looking for something a bit different and with wonderful photo opportunities a round. An ideal woodland wedding venue setting for outdoor types
Upcoming Wedding in Italy
The stroll in the woodlands with little streams, weirs, waterfalls and mill ponds was idyllic for Janine and Bryan’s prewed shoot here We had such fun and will provide an amazing contrast to their wedding in Italy. A contrast of shoots is something we always suggest Its not long now either for their long awaited day In Santa Maria di Castellabate in Itay. We are looking forward to their ceremony atop the Torre Perotti with its stunning views over the Cliento Coast and to working with mysecretitaly A magical place to marry on the rooftop of an Italian palazzo
For now enjoy a few highlights amongst the moor and woodlands of West Yorkshire!