Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens Pre-Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

Shabina & Usman

Shabina & Usman had their autumnal pre-wedding photoshoot at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury which we did in the late afternoon to get the gorgeous sunset light. They wanted a mixture of posed and unposed portraits but with a strong bias towards the unposed. By reviewing the posed portraits together, they could decide what what was working well for them – entirely what I’d consider to be the key point of a pre-wedding photoshoot.

The following portraits are from the undirected and unposed end of the spectrum; they required minimal direction as we had talked through posing earlier in the session and Shabina & Usman were now comfortable and confident enough to show me what they could do.

Here’s a small selection of Shabina & Usman’s set:

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The Pinewood Hotel Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Rachel & Dom

Rachel & Dom are getting married later this year at The Pinewood Hotel which is where we are for this pre-wedding photoshoot.

They had quickly outlined that they want relaxed, naturally posed photos so we choose secluded spots around the gardens so they felt comfortable to show me what they could do. They quickly relaxed in front of my camera once we had reviewed some of their photos and talked about the process taking place – entirely what I’d consider to be the key point of a pre-wedding photoshoot (as well as getting some superb portraits together!).

Here’s a small selection of Rachel & Dom’s set:

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Tatton Park Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Vanessa & Bob

There’s an old adage which says something like ‘never work with children or animals’ and it’s clearly something said by some joyless crackpot because I always encourage couples with dogs to bring them to their pre-wedding photoshoot – they’re family so why wouldn’t you?! Before their wedding at Great John Street Hotel, Vanessa, Bob and their pup Minne met with me for their pre wedding photoshoot at Tatton Park. It gave us plenty of open space to let Minnie run around while we concentrated on posing and was lovely and private which meant that Vanessa & Bob could relax in front of my camera, see what naturally works for them and see how I work first-hand, just some of the reasons why I offer a pre-wedding photoshoot.

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Castlefield, Manchester Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Helly & Andy’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Back at the start of 2015 I ran a competition to win my services for the day; the lucky winners were the lovely Helly and Andy, a pair whose wedding plans sounded so outrageously cool that it had to be them who won. And because their venue isn’t quite finished yet, we decided on this spot around Manchester to squeeze in a pre-wedding photoshoot, regardless of rain or shine.

The metal, brick and industrial feel of this place stands in total contrast to the rural, rustic feel of their wedding venue; the similarity is that it is just as secluded which meant that Helly & Andy could relax in front of my camera, receive some beautiful photographs, see what works for them and see how I work first-hand, just some of the reasons why I offer a pre-wedding photoshoot.

The photos run in time order and you can see how Helly & Andy became more at ease – they were strongly encouraged to mess about and we had a lot of laughs and fun!

Please see their wedding day photography here

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Manchester Town Hall and Midland Hotel, Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Anwen & Adam’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Anwen & Adam met with me in Manchester city centre for their pre-wedding photoshoot to get a flavour of how I work on a portrait session and to build a bit of photo confidence ahead of their Manchester Town Hall wedding next month. We chose a secluded spot in the Town Hall which meant we could run through posing at their own speed before we planned out how their portrait session would work on the day. We then headed on to The Midland Hotel which will be the second venue of their wedding day, getting to know the building and adding a few more unexpectedly beautiful and dramatic locations for portraiture. Seeing this lovely couple become comfortable enough to choose poses themselves was a wonderful thing to see and allowed me to shoot unobtrusively and keep the photography fun, relaxed and natural.

You can see Anwen & Adam’s wedding day photographs here.

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Great John Street Hotel Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Sarah & Nick

Sarah and Nick chose to meet me in the opulent surroundings of the Great John Street Hotel where they’ll marry at the end of October. As well as working on the plan for their wedding day around the hotel, we managed to get out and take some photographs. Sarah and Nick showed me what they liked about the Great John Street Hotel which means I can begin to think about how I will incorporate these details into my work. As well as giving them a set of lovely photos, this photoshoot gave Sarah and Nick an opportunity to relax into natural, comfortable poses in from of my camera, build their photo confidence and show them how certain scenes could make amazing photographs.

See Sarah and Nick’s wedding day photographs here

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Sandall Beat Wood Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Ashley & Brent’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Ashley, Brent (and Layla their dog) took me along to Sandall Beat Wood for their pre-wedding photoshoot ahead of their wedding later this summer. This secluded spot was chosen by Ashley & Brent as it’s not only peaceful and pretty, but one of Layla’s favourite places. By picking a familiar place, Ashley and Brent could relax a little while we practiced posing and building a bit of photo confidence; as you can see from the photos, there was a lot of messing about and laughter, the best thing for overcoming nerves when having your photo taken!

See Ashley & Brent’s wedding day photographs here.

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Castlefield, Manchester Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Amanda & Simon’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Amanda & Simon met with me in Manchester city centre for their pre-wedding photoshoot to get a flavour of how I work on a portrait session and to build a bit of photo confidence ahead of their Lake District wedding in the summer. Starting in a secluded spot around Castlefield meant we could run through posing at their own speed before heading further into Manchester on a route which led to the beautiful photos you see below. It was also great to see this lovely couple become comfortable enough to choose poses themselves, allowing me to shoot unobtrusively and keep the photography fun, relaxed and natural.

See Amanda & Simon’s wedding day photographs here.

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Hove Seafront Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Gemma & Joe’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

When you photograph weddings, you always need to stay flexible as anything could (and often does) happen – this means I’m used to a change of plans and Gemma and Joe’s pre-wedding photoshoot is a very good case in point!

The plan was to meet these lovely people north of Brighton at the top of Devil’s Dyke in East Sussex for their photoshoot, but the thick fog meant that Gemma, Joe and I ended up bringing it all the way down to Hove seafront instead. I feel blessed that they made such a good alternate choice because we got to have rows of pretty beach huts, gently rusting promenade shelters and Brighton’s skeletal West Pier in on the photos too!

See Gemma & Joe’s wedding day photographs here.

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Arundel, West Sussex Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Louise & Dave’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

A wedding dress fitting in Arundel, West Sussex meant that Louise and Dave would be perfectly placed for us to use this historic town as the backdrop for their pre-wedding photoshoot. Arundel is a little further from home for me but having such an attractive setting for photos meant that Louise, Dave and I could get down to the business of enjoying an easy-going and fun photoshoot. We packed a lot in, visiting the River Arun, a 13th Century Friary and some rolling Sussex countryside all in the shadow of that magnificent castle. I cannot wait to photograph this wonderful couple’s wedding later in the month and hope to have as many laughs as I had on this photoshoot!

See Louise & Dave’s wedding day photographs here.

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