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  • Writer's pictureHeather Butterworth

Capturing Real Moments: The Magic of an Award-Winning Beach Pre-Wedding Shoot with a Leeds Wedding Photographer


A man carrying a woman across the beach

The weather in Leeds wasn't great for pre wedding photography


When I looked out the window the morning of my beach pre shoots in early April, the wind was 30mph with horizontal rain across the window while I drank my lovely hot coffee in my kitchen. This is not unusual for a Leeds wedding photographer to see but I'm always very keen to get the very best weather for my couples for their pre shoots and The Met Office and Apple Weather both promised lovely sunny skies on the coast in a couple of hours time. On this occasion the weather report was right and as soon as I drove out of Leeds the clouds lifted and the sun came out for a very lovely drive to Saltburn-by-the-Sea.


It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day but with strong winds when I arrived on the coast. Capturing a windy pre-wedding shoot on the beach can result in stunning and romantic photographs just like the ones below. The wind added a natural and dynamic element to the photos which I really love.


A Leeds wedding photographer goes to the beach


On that particular day, I had two lovely couples who had chosen to capture their special moments through pre-wedding photoshoots on the beach. Each couple had their unique story and reasons for wanting to document this precious time in their lives.


The first couple, who are getting married close to the beach brought their brilliant doggo Heidi with them and I captured this award winning photo above from Wedisson of them having fun on the beach with Heidi being a big part of that.


My second couple arrived a little later in the day and I took some lovely photographs of them on the beach with the sun shining and the cliffs in the background, with them walking hand in hand before their family also arrived with the family dog Jasper for a few extra photos on the pier.


Both of these shoots would not have been complete in either couples eyes (or mine!) without a trip to get some fish and chips on the beach!


Here are some of my tips to make the most of a windy pre wedding beach photo shoot:


1. **Flowy Outfits**: Choose flowy outfits that will catch the wind beautifully, such as flowing dresses or skirts just like the beautiful dress that Jordan wore from Zara and Charlotte's gorgeous coat. Both their hair really caught the wind for some dramatic shots.


2. **Natural Poses**: I always encourage natural, candid poses that allow the wind to play with the couple's hair and clothing. Embrace the movement and spontaneity that the wind brings.


3. **Use of Props**: Props like a veil, scarf, or hat that can interact with the wind and add interest to the photos.


4. **Timing**: Planning the shoot for the best weather and light can make a real difference to the photos.


5. **Scenic Backdrops**: Take advantage of the beach setting with its vast expanse of sand, water, cliffs and sky. Incorporate the natural elements into your compositions for a dreamy and ethereal look.


6. **Close-up Shots**: Capture close-up shots of the couple's faces to show their expressions as they interact with each other and the environment.


7. **Editing**: I always enhance the mood of the photos (very slightly) during post-processing by adjusting colours and tones to create a more dramatic or romantic atmosphere but also keeping the photos clean and crisp and not overly edited. By embracing the windy conditions and using them to your advantage, you can create a unique and memorable pre-wedding shoot.



A couple walking hand in hand across the beach in Yorkshire

A couple walking hand in hand across the beach in Yorkshire

A couple walking hand in hand across the beach in Yorkshire and smiling at each other

A couple walking hand in hand across the beach in Yorkshire at Saltburn by the sea

A couple walking hand in hand across the beach in Yorkshire with their cockapoo

A couple in the wind on the beach in Yorkshire

A couple whispering to each other on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple talking to each other on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A dog on a beach in Yorkshire

A dog on a beach in Yorkshire

A couple having fun on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple having fun on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple having fun on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple in the sunshine on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple running with their dog on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple having fun and facing each other holding handson the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple running away on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple eating chips on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple with their dog on the beach on their pre wedding shoot in Yorkshire

A couple from Leeds with their dog on the beach for their pre wedding photography

A couple from Leeds eating chips on the beach for their pre wedding photography


A couple laughing together on the beach for their pre wedding photography

A couple walking on the pier for their pre wedding photography

A couple eating chips together beach for their pre wedding photography

A couple with their dog on the pier during their pre wedding photography

A couple on the beach smiling and facing each other with clouds over laid on top

chips

a couple with waves behind them

a man lifting his girlfriend on the beach and laughing

a man swinging his girlfriend while she laughs on the beach

a couple forehead to forehead and smiling on the beach

a man with his girlfriend walking and laughing together on the beach

a man rubbing his girlfriends nose with his nose on the beach


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