Woodland Engagement Shoot with Emma & Michael
A woodland engagement shoot in an area of Tilgate Forest where the bluebells have recently bloomed near Crawley in West Sussex. It was a short walk into the woods where we found small winding path’s amongst the flowers. As always, I started with walking shots with Emma and Michael tell them feel relaxed in front of the camera.
In order to get the most out of the bluebells on this woodland engagement shoot, I had a thought that I should bring a picnic blanket, that you can see in the shot above. This worked wonders, as it saved the couple from having to sit on the floor, and it’s really portable – got it from Halfords ages ago and it’s served me well for many a picnic, BBQ or camping trip! – I bought it on my next shoot after this one, although the bluebells were so thick on my latest engagement shoot that there was no space to put the blanket down!
Bluebell Woodland in Tilgate Forest
Woodland engagement shoots are all about experimenting with focal length, and depth of field to get the right kind of couple portraits. After experimenting with an 85mm and 70 to 200mm lens, I decided to also try out my 50mm and 35mm lenses to get slightly wider shots. It’s always good to mix up the positions or poses of the couple to keep things fresh and interesting when working on location.
On the way to the woodland full of bluebells, we had passed these locations. I thought it was easier to get to the bluebell wood first and then backtrack, capturing these shots in the pine forest and along this long path lined by Silverbirch trees. We had to wait a little while for the past to be completely clear, but the unspoiled background and the way that the lens bokeh plus the background is beautiful.
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