Bryan & Philip’s Engagement Photoshoot - Rebecca Emily Alternative Derbyshire Wedding Photographer


Loved up and relaxed woodland engagement photographs

I met Bryan and Philip at a wedding fair in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We hit it off straight from the start. They are getting married in May this year so we organised a free pre-wedding photo-shoot to get them used to being around the camera before I photograph their wedding in Twin Oaks Hotel also in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. This is especially helpful if you are like me and hate having your photo taken. Yep - even some of us photographers don't like being in front of the camera!

The important bit..

Fast forward a month or two - we met in a pine forest that is nestled between Chesterfield and Matlock. I use this area quite a lot for my photography so you may see it pop up every now and then. This woodland is quiet and you only really see the occasional dog walker there so its great for a photo session.

It is important to me that the people I am photographing feel relaxed and understand how laid back I am as a photographer. I’m not pushy; I want my couples to feel at ease with me and know that there is no pressure. This is the best way to capture emotion instead of poses.

Alongside capturing the intimate moments between Bryan and Phillip, I got them to mess around a little bit which showed their personality and made them relax a little. I left the session feeling warmed by the love and kindness that these two people have for one and other.

Engagement photoshoots are a fab way for you to get used to being around the camera and so you don’t feel like you want to duck and hide when you see the lens on your wedding day! Initially Bryan & Phillip weren’t going to have this photoshoot as Phillip hates having his picture taken but as I am sure you can see from my photographs, he soon relaxed.

These sessions are also a good way for you to get to know me a little bit too and you’ll feel much more at ease around me on at the wedding once we have already met.

Scroll down to have a nosey at Bryan & Phillip’s laid back autumn engagement photoshoot!


Guilia & Max's love story on the island of Lanzarote - Rebecca Emily Alternative Derbyshire Wedding Photographer



Three photo shoots, two days and one kick ass girl gang! A week or so ago I packed my bags and set off to Playa Blanca, Lanzarote to meet four brilliant women and two couples wildly in love with one and other. We did two couple shoots and finished off with a beautiful beach styled elopement (more on that later).


We stayed in the Playa Blanca region of the island and hired a car so that we could explore and get to some awesome and remote locations. The shoot took place up amongst the mountains and we really made the most of the stunning volcanic landscape with this one!


The first photoshoot we did was a couples session with Guilia and Max. We met them and their two beautiful dogs at their home then followed them in the car up into the mountains. The sun was setting and the light was just perfect for intimate photographs. Guilia and Max own and rent out renovated VW camper vans to holiday makers in Lanzarote - what a dreamy job! We were lucky enough to involve Guilia's personal camper van in the shoot. The couple were laid back and their love flowed so freely. This translated perfectly into intimate, honest photographs


Holidaying to Lanzarote? Check out Guilia & Max's website here: www.rentyourcampervanlanzarote.co