A couple of weeks ago I met up with Natalie & James for their pre-wedding shoot at their venue Hunsbury Hill Centre located in the outskirts of Northampton. We had a look around this fairly new converted venue (well at least for weddings anyway) for possible locations for the day, and for Natalie & James to see how I work and to feel more comfortable in front of the lens so come their wedding day they are posing like pro’s!
It’s got some real quirky out buildings and woodland area – which you can see for yourself below – so it’s going to be a joy to shoot there come the big day!
We had a good time at the venue, capturing some fun shots we wouldn’t necessarily achieve on the day, mainly because of the dress and sitting down etc… afterwards at this point we would then usually head off to the nearest pub or coffee shop – and run through the final schedule of the wedding day. Making sure everything is hunky dory… basically so you guys have a better day. As I’ve stated in the past… everything is in the planning and preparation – then come the w-day you can simply just relax – and really enjoy yourself!
But this time, after checking out the venue on google maps as to the location; as more often than not – venue postcodes in the sat-nav can take you to some odd destinations – which can lead you literally miles away from where you should be! …so learning from experience I always make a habit of checking if it’s correct. Anyway I’ve digressed… so I was checking the venue out and having a look on the satellite view – when I noticed a ‘country park’ very close by – then I noticed that it had an old railway track leading to the ‘Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust’ …having a look at their website – I thought it would make a interesting and quirky location to do a few more portrait shots. So after telling Natalie & James… and it literally being just around the corner from us – they were up for doing something a bit different.
We arrived, and the staff were more than happy to accommodate us. They even took us all out for a ride …albeit a very slow ride!! – as it’s in a country park the train has a speed limit of 10mph!… or maybe it was even 5mph!! But on our return back to the station they were kind enough to stop the train for us and do some shots on the track, with the engine behind them! – It certainly makes for a unique backdrop and I love the strong lines of the track drawing your eye inwards. As always I could of spent a bit longer shooting some other ideas – but hey, I’m just really grateful the staff even accommodated my mad ideas in the first place! – SO THANKYOU!
After which we got a a nice pub recommendation from the driver, and we headed over to the next village a few miles away for a well deserved drink and a bite to eat!
Thanks again Natalie & James…… for being up for it! I had a really enjoyable Sunday and it was a pleasure to spend some time with you guys – very funny indeed!
Looking forward to seeing you both on your big day!
P.s …Oh and James – I don’t think you guys look like geeky trainspotters! …more like the modern day adult version of the railway children! ;o)