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Should I have a pre wedding Photo-shoot?

Also known as an engagement shoot

Yes – that was easy, read no more!

There are a few reasons we consider a pre wedding shoot a good idea, let us tell you a bit more about what we do and our approach.

We regard ourselves as relaxed, fun and creative as well as many other buzzwords that most wedding photographers use! Our approach to weddings is that we are your friends who will be taking beautiful photos of you for the whole day, but wait? Friends? But you’re just a couple of random people we saw at a wedding fair, on Instagram, wherever!, you’re not friends – we’re not friends YET! So this is one (of many) great reasons to have a pre wedding shoot.

Getting to know your photographers

It’s not an issue for us to meet new people on a wedding day we have been around so many different types of people for the hundreds of weddings we have covered so we can make friends fairly easily, however a lot of people are not like this, they need to warm up to people.

A pre wedding shoot is usually a half hour meeting to plan out times and think about photo gaps/opportunities and then maybe an hour somewhere scenic to get some photos, it’s like a date with another couple with cameras, wait this sounds weird…

As we meet and talk about plans we have chit chat, find out more about each other and we will often see if we can test boundaries, nothing too crazy we just take your lead on what’s comfortable and what stuff you might be up for, this leads us into another reason a pre wedding shoot is a good idea.

Testing out creative ideas

We love taking photos of people, it’s even more fun when they’re willing to take direction, so when we come to a pre wedding shoot at a certain location we will think of things that have worked here before but also things we can do differently, the same as we do on a wedding day, sometimes we might have a new idea bouncing round in our heads and the next couple are the perfect opportunity to try it out on, so as well as a pre wedding shoot being your practice run, something’s we do or say are also practice for us! Which can create some beautiful pictures!

pre wedding photo shoot in the north of england.
pre wedding photoshoot in newcastle
pre wedding photo shoot in the north of england

A collection of beautiful pictures.

So if your anything like us and 99% of the worlds couples, when it comes to pictures of the two of you it’s a selfie, a drunken pic your mate has taken, or a picture a stranger has taken that isn’t quite the right angles but your too British to tell them to do it again, but better!

So a pre wedding shoot is a dedicated time for you and your beau to dress up a bit (more on this further down) and have a professional photographer get some photos of the two of you, a pre wedding shoot usually has at least 30 finished images, so if you want to gift your nan a nice pic for the mantlepiece you’re all set! In amongst the photos we will have a variety of backdrops and positions, we keep things fluid and relaxed so we have one pose go into the next, we have a look at the camera, look at each other and a kiss, at a certain point this becomes second nature, which is great as it lets you start to concentrate on each other and those moments which in turn makes better pictures!

At the beginning it will be awkward there’s no denying that, but as we’ve just touched on it will get easier, you will relax into it, but if nothing else it will ease those photography nerves.

Wedding photography anxiety

Your experience of a wedding photographer may be as a guest, or as a bridesmaid/groomsman, most modern photographer have the same outlook as ourselves, however we still hear stories of photographers who shout orders at guests, have huge egos and your never stood in the right way! So you might be booking a wedding photographer with a little knot in your stomach thinking that the day is going to be uncomfortable for some reason, maybe noted above.

So a pre wedding shoot should put to one side those fears and anxieties, we meet, and pretty much every time we get on with people, and anyone who didn’t get on with us obviously thought we were too nice to be able to tell it to our face, which is still good, right?! Nick spend most the time looking for photo opportunities while laura spends most the time gossiping about this that and the other, by the time we leave you’ll likely find out your related (this has actually happened before), or you share best friends, or something that only her chat could uncover! But by the end 100% of couples have told us that they felt better about the wedding day photos now, the nerves were now out of the way.

pre wedding photo shoot in the north of england

Tips for a good pre wedding session

A few pointers in what makes for a good shoot;

Location- this could be countryside, seaside, forested areas or even urban settings, think about the time of year & time of day, rush hour is no fun to get stuck in, and a quayside shoot during a festival or market is going to be quite overcrowded.

Clothing- The best things to wear are smart casual, something fairly simple as we don’t want the clothes to be the focus, try and avoid tracksuits, large logos on clothing tat kinda thing.

Don’t let the nerves get the better of you, you can be nervous, its what we expect.

Don’t overthink it, just relax and let us guide you, don’t get bogged down in social media poses you’ve seen which involve gymnastic flexibility.

Don’t let the weather put you off, if its drizzly or rainy go with it, you won’t be able to call off the wedding day due to poor weather so just embrace it!

Check out some of our work!

Our website has some work we have done over the years, take a look for inspiration!

We put a lot of effort into social media, so take a look at our instagram feed, in there you will find behind the scenes weddings, wedding guides, and a whole feed full of real weddings.

Wedding photography at Rushpool Hall

Nicola & Stew – Rushpool Hall, Saltburn

We first met Nicola & Stew at Rachel and Gavin’s wedding at Gisborough Hall last year when Nicola was a bridesmaid for her friend. She watched us at work and saw our images on the projector and instantly decided we wanted to book us for her wedding photography at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn, and booked the next day!


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Wedding photography at the Malmaison Newcastle

Amy & Mark

Malmaison, Newcastle upon Tyne



Amy and Mark booked us for wedding photography at the gorgeous Mal Maison Hotel in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which is right on Newcastle Quayside in stunning surroundings. Originally they had us booked for just their evening reception as they were booked to get married in Jamaica. Sadly Amy’s nana wasn’t well enough to fly and Amy couldn’t even think about saying ‘I Do’ without Nana by her side for the day. So the wedding was brought to the Mal Maison and held earlier than scheduled.

Getting Ready
When we arrived the room was full of activity getting everyone prepared for the big day! There was a makeup artist doing a great job of making everyone look stunning, and then they went across to the hairdresser’s seat for some fabulous pin up hair styles. 
Amy had all her bridesmaids with her, along with her mum, nana and her daughter Emmy. 
There were plenty drinks flowing and everyone was getting very excited. 
Nick popped across to the guy’s room to see Mark and his groomsmen for a few shots too, they were all in great spirits and Mark didn’t look nervous at all. 

Amy moved into a different room to get her dress on so there was more space and it was cooler as it was even though it was only early April it was pretty warm. The bride was starting to have quite a few nerves kicking in, and the bridesmaids were getting emotional so there were tears all round! A good job Laura was around with a pocketful of tissues to hand round! 

The bridesmaids helped Amy into her dress and fastened the back for her. With some amazing shoes added and her beautiful floor length veil attached she was ready to go. She made a stunning bride- Mark is a lucky man! We loved her bouquet of beautiful flowers too!
The nerves were really starting to get to Amy, she was very anxious to get the ceremony over with. After a sit down and a chat with Nana she was feeling a little better and it was time to head to the ceremony room. 

The Ceremony
The guests were all in their seats waiting for the arrival of the bridal party, and Mark was at the front with his best man.

The room looked great and there were the big illuminated initial letters in the corner supplied by the fab Coco Luminere. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle first, and then Amy entered the room, accompanied by her Nana who was to walk her down the aisle. The couple made their wedding vows to each other and exchanged wedding rings, Amy had been so nervous about making mistakes in the vows it ended up with giggles and laughter all round! Mark got to kiss his bride and the register was signed to make everything official!
They walked back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs Anderson and were showered in confetti as the yleft the room.

Everyone headed out to the front of the hotel for the family and group photographs, with the sun shining we got the formalities over with quickly so guests could then relax and enjoy the rest of the day. 

The Romantic Couple’s Photographs
After the family photos were finished we whisked the bride and groom away for a short time to grab some gorgeous couple’s shots. The location of the Mal Maison Hotel makes it perfect for your wedding photographs as its got so many landmark sights on its doorstep! 
We took advantage of the surroundings and went across the millennium bridge and along the edge of the quayside with the background showing things like the Tyne Bridge, The Sage, and The Baltic. With these pictures there is definitely no mistaking where they got married! 

An amazing couple looking so in love- they breezed through their photos having a lot of fun and really enjoying themselves! 

The photo of Amy holding her bouquet in the air sums it all up!
We also had some more confetti throwing on the bridge and did a bit of daft posing with the groomsman and the bridesmaids for a bit of fun!

The Speeches
The room was set ready for the meal and looked amazing with the cake set up and pretty floral centrepieces. Guests came in and took their seats for the speeches to begin.
Amy’s mum gave the first speech with some lovely words and a lot of emotion- clearly proud of the couple.

The groom took his turn next and his speech got some great reactions form the bridal party, telling stories of him and Amy getting together and having the children. He then chose this speech to drop a big bombshell to Amy that he had bought a new puppy and it would be ready to be homed with them in the coming weeks. Now they had previously had chats about getting a dog and Amy didn’t want one. Amy looked slightly horrified and unsure on if it was a joke or if he was serious. He was most definitely serious and his best man confirmed he had! (NB- since the wedding Amy told us now she’d had time to come round the idea she was actually excited for the new family pet to arrive! Phew!)
Best man Lewis was next to speak. he had some hilarious stories about him and mark growing up and the antics that they got up to. He did a brilliant job and got a lot of laughter form the crowd!

After the speeches we then took a break to let everyone enjoy their meal and we got to work on a selection of the images from the day so far so they could be ready to go up on our projector for the evening reception guests to see!  We love our Image Projector service and it goes down so well with guests as it’s a wonderful way to include evening guests in what happened during the day time and a great talking point for everyone too, as well as giving the Bride and Groom a sneaky peak at what’s to come! 

Party time!
After the meal the guests made their way to the bar areas to relax while the room was set up ready for the evening celebrations. There was a sweet buffet, a twinkly LED dance floor and the beautiful light up letters in the room, and our projector was up displaying the images for guests to see. It all came together beautifully.

After a quick cutting of the cake was done Mr and Mrs Anderson took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife, all the guests were watching as one of our confetti cannons was set off and rained bright sprinkles of confetti over the couple and then others joined them on the dance floor. The kids were running round having lots of fun. The party really started then and everyone was having a great time partying on the dance floor. The night was in full flow when we left with and looked like it was set to continue into the early hours- good job there was a basket of flip flops out for guests to use when their heels made their feet hurt from dancing!

Overall it was a lovely day for everyone involved and we had a brilliant time capturing the whole wedding. We hope they enjoy their photos as much as we enjoyed taking them! Thanks to Amy and Mark for choosing us to photograph their special day and allowing us to capture their memories to treasure for years to come, we had a blast!  

We wish you all the best for the future together as husband and wife!



If you are getting married at and would like LeopardPrints photography to help capture the memories then don’t hesitate to drop us a mail! 

Suppliers;

The Cake: Joanne Anderson
The Florist: Andreas Florist
The DJ & Dancefloor: Gary James, Knights Disco
The Hair : Jamie-Lee Duffy
Make up : Jess Angus
Chair covers & Centre pieces: Gracie Bloom
Light up letters : Coco Luminaire
The Dress : Amore Brides

Wedding photography at Eshott Hall

Kate & Gareth

Eshott Hall



Kate & Gareth found booked us some time ago to do their wedding photography at the gorgeous Eshott Hall. They had chosen a fabulous venue. Kate had lots of plans for the big day and from when they booked us we were really looking forward to their wedding day!

Getting Ready
Kate had stayed at Eshott Hall the night before with friends and family and we arrived things were nice and chilled out.  The bridesmaids were having their hair pinned up by Richard who was doing an amazing job, and make up was being expertly applied by Carli from The Big Event Company.  We often work with Carli at weddings and she always does a stunning job.

There were plenty drinks flowing and everyone was getting very excited.

Meanwhile Nick popped across to ‘the crows nest’ where Gareth the groom was getting ready with the rest of the guys and his usher, Eliphe. Poor Gareth was very nervous during the morning, his best man and usher were trying well to keep him calm! They were all ready to go so headed down to greet guests and get ready for the ceremony to begin.

Kate’s hair was finished with her veil added and with help from her mum her jewellery finished the look. Kate’s mum helped her get her dress on and set to work doing the many tiny buttons up on the back of the dress. Her dress was amazing, a fitted lace covered gown and Kate truly looked like she had stepped out of a magazine when she was ready.
As the bridesmaids came in there were a few tears when they came back in the room and saw Kate fully ready! After a quick touch up of lipstick they were all ready to leave.

The Ceremony
The guests were all in their seats waiting for the arrival of the bridal party, and Gareth was at the front still suffering with nerves.
Kate was in their gorgeous vintage wedding car, accompanied by her dad, for the short journey from the hall down to the reading room where the ceremony was to be held. The building for the ceremony is beautiful, it looks like a little chapel with gorgeous windows, and the flowers and chair sashes brought everything together.

The bridesmaids walked down the aisle first, and then Kate’s dad proudly walked her down the aisle. Gareth looked so happy to see her. The couple made their wedding vows to each other and exchanged wedding rings. The groom got to kiss his bride and the register was signed to make everything official!

Gareth looked far more at ease with all his nerves vanished now the ceremony was out the way! They walked back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs Montague and we went outside for some confetti shots!

The guests headed back up to the hall, the main building where the rest of the day would be, while we kept the couple for a view shots under the arched entrance to the reading room and with the quirky vintage telephone box that is there too.

After the drinks reception we went out to the front of the hotel for the big group photo and to have some family formal photos taken as well.

The Romantic Couple’s Photographs
After the family photos were finished we had a few pictures with the bride and groom with the wedding car, then walked around the grounds to take some wedding portraits outdoors.
Eshott hall is great for your wedding portraits as the grounds are beautiful. The weather was on our side with sunshine although it was definitely cold! Due to the temperature we didn’t want to keep them out too long but used a few of our props like our vintage parasol for some pictures too.  

They had a great time posing for their photos but we had to get back inside before we all froze and got blue fingers!

The Speeches
The room was set ready for the meal and looked amazing with the cake set up and pretty floral centrepieces. The room was set off by the giant light up initial letters from Coco Luminaire. Guests came in and took their seats for the speeches to begin.

Kate’s dad gave the first speech telling about her growing up and when she met Gareth, it was a lovely heartfelt speech with some laughter too.
Kate’s mum also gave a speech with some lovely words and it was clear she was very proud of her daughter and fond of Gareth.
The groom Gareth was up next and had a short speech thanking everyone for coming and telling everyone how happy he was.

The best man was last to take the stage and gave some funny tales of him and Gareth and what they got up to together, he had some jokes included that gave everyone quite a laugh!
After the speeches we then took a break to let everyone enjoy their meal and we got to work on a selection of the images from the day so far so they could be ready to go up on our projector for the evening reception guests to see!  We love our Image Projector service and it goes down fabulously with guests as it’s a wonderful way to include evening guests in what happened during the day time and a great talking point for everyone too, as well as giving the Bride and Groom a sneaky peak at what’s to come!

Party time!
After the meal the guests made their way to the bar areas to relax while the room was set up ready for the evening celebrations. The band arrived to set up and get ready for the party to begin, there was a photo booth, and our projector was up displaying the images for guests to see.
After a quick cutting of the cake was done Mr and Mrs Montague took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife, all the guests were enjoying watching and then others joined them on the dance floor. The party really started then and everyone was having a great time strutting their stuff on the dance floor. The giant letters were at the side of the dance floor and really add to the photos as you can see. The party was in full flow when we left with all sorts of shapes being thrown!

Overall it was a really fun day for everyone and we had a brilliant time. We hope they enjoy their photos as much as we enjoyed taking them! Thanks to Kate and Gareth for choosing us to photograph their wedding day and allowing us to capture their memories to treasure for years to come, we had a blast!  

We wish you all the best for the future together as husband and wife!



coco luminaire letters with wedding couple


If you are getting married at Eshott Hall and would like LeopardPrints photography to help capture the memories then don’t hesitate to drop us a mail! 


Hair : Shaun Richards hair – freelance Richard Chappell
Makeup : The Big Event
Flowers : leaf florist hebburn- jill burns
Car : Alnwick cars
Cake : cakes by Julie
Room dressing : Ambience Newcastle
Photobooth and lights : Snaparazzi & Coco Luminaire
Band : The purple supper band

Wedding photography at Derwent manor

Shelley & Steven

Derwent manor


Shelley & Steven originally had us booked us for their wedding photography for a different date for their wedding at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland. Sadly they were one of the couples let down when the venue shut down. Fortunately for them they were able to re book with Derwent Manor Hotel in Consett and were very happy with this new choice for their venue, and we were able to move the date for them ourselves too!

Getting Ready
Shelley was getting ready at the hotel as everyone had stayed over the night before so she had all her bridesmaids with her and her mum too. They were all having hair and makeup done when we arrived and everyone was very excited!
The guys were also at the hotel getting ready so Nick popped along to see them for a bit while Laura stayed with the girls. There were hip flasks all round in the guys room and they were definitely getting into the spirit of the day!
Shelley was ready to get into her beautiful lace gown. With her hair pinned up, a veil and her jewellery added she looked the perfect bride! She even had her customised converse shoes under her dress for comfort!
Her dad came to collect her to walk her down the aisle and looked very proud of his daughter.

The Ceremony
The guests were all in their seats waiting for the arrival of the bridal party. The room looked amazing with a huge chandelier in the centre which is a real feature in the room.
The bridesmaids were the first to enter the room looking gorgeous, and then it was time for Shelley to walk down the aisle with her father.

There were some lovely readings by a family member and one of the bridesmaids, the couple made their vows to each other and exchanged wedding rings. Steven got to kiss his beautiful bride and Shelley was clearly over the moon to be Mrs Charlton!
After the formalities of signing the register were done and few had a few shots with the register then everyone headed upstairs for a drinks reception.

The Romantic Couple’s Photographs
After the drinks reception we stole the couple away for a little bit to take some stunning wedding portraits outdoors around the grounds. This is a great time to have your couple’s photos done as guests were happy mingling and chatting to each so at this point of the day they won’t miss the bride and groom not being there for a little while.

The sky was a little dull and it did have a little spot of rain every now and again but this couple were so happy overall they didn’t let it bother them at all! We had some shots with the countryside in the background and used some of the buildings as background as they were stone walls and looked great with some of our props! You can tell this couple are so happy together and comfortable with each other- it shows in the pictures. They had a great time posing for their photo’s but we had to get back inside before the rain got worse!

The Speeches
We headed back the room where the ceremony was held room, which had undergone a transformation and was set ready for the meal.
There were some fabulous speeches! Shelleys dad had every laughing, and the groom had some lovely words to say too but it was the best man that stole the show! Using two of the guests as ‘actors’ Shelley and Steven he told the story of how the couple met. The room was crying with laughter and everyone said how funny it was!
We then took a break to let everyone enjoy their meal and we could recharge ourselves ready for the evening!

Party time!
After the meal we had time for some family photos, we did a big group shot first in the ballroom then some smaller family photos outside the ballroom as there was a pretty area there which made a great backdrop. We try to keep these brief but get all the important family group shots the bride and groom would like. The room was then being changed again ready for the evening so this was a great opportunity to get some more great shots.
We took advantage of the cosy chairs in the bar next to a pretty Christmas tree, then went outside under the stone archway for some shots with the guys.

The men at the wedding were keen on whisky and expensive cigars! The best man had a box of expensive cigars he was saving for a special occasion so it seemed fitting to crack them open with a few beers at a wedding! Steven looked super cool with his trilby hat and waistcoat and we got some amazing atmospheric shots with them as we think you will agree!

The band was set up and the room ready for the party to begin! There was even a photobooth for the guests entertainment.
The cake was cut then Mr and Mrs Charlton took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. We set off one of our fun confetti cannons (please let us know if you want us to supply one of these for your first dance! They make amazing first dance pictures!) to add extra flair to the photos.

Then the party got going with lots of dancing and it was still going well when we left!
In all it was a fabulous day for everyone. We hope they like their photos as much as we do! Thanks to them for choosing us to photograph their wedding day and allowing us to capture their memories to keep and look back at over years to come. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of it we had a fabulous day!

We wish you all the best for the future together!

cool wedding shots of the groomsmen with cigars and hats
Evening reception, wedding couple dance beneath the chandelier in the grand hall at derwent manor