Weddings at the Coppermines Mountain Cottages

29th November 2015
Whenever I get a wedding photography booking at a venue I’ve not worked at before I always try to visit beforehand to get an idea of the best locations for photographs, understand where the best light will be at the time of the wedding and occasionally I will even try out my portable lights to ensure the big day goes smoothly. This year I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding of Neil and Emily at the Coppermines Mountain Cottages high up in the hills behind Coniston village, you can read all about their big day and see some of my images on the Birdes Up North blog as they featured it in November.

Although I’ve walked up the Coppermines valley and over the Old Man of Coniston many times I had never actually visited the Coppermines Cottages let alone photographed a wedding there so when I took Emily and Neil’s booking I knew I needed to get up there with my camera to figure out what would work on the day. During the ‘off season’ I try to keep my hand in with a bit of fashion photography so I asked a model friend of mine if she fancied a bit of a shoot with me up in the valley. Thankfully Mischkah was happy to oblige, as was Andrea from Petticoats a Plenty who loaned us a dress so off we set to see what the Coppermines Mountain Cottages was all about.

We arrived, took a brief walk and quickly saw what a fantastic location this was for photographs; the wedding was set to produce some amazing images. It was a bright sunny day (fingers crossed for the same on the day of the wedding) so we set about exploring with the camera using both natural light as well as utilising my portable lights to lift the images to the next level in areas where the natural light just needed a bit of a lift. As ever Mischkah performed wonderfully in front of the camera and I came away with some great ideas for the wedding as well as a card full of superb images for us all to use in our portfolios.

I believe that in any line of work you only get out what you put in which is why I always try to stack the odds in my favour by doing things like this, on the day of Neil and Emily’s wedding I already knew the locations that would work for their special Bride and Groom portraits which made things so much easier on the day.

Here’s a selection of images from my shoot with Mischkah, I hope you like them.

Maybe you are a model or an aspiring model and would like to get involved in a shoot like this, I’m always happy to take on shoots when the time allows so get in touch if you are.

Darren.

































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