Jay and Sarah – Wortley Hall

Jay and Sarah tied the knot on 30th August at Wortley Hall. Here’s a selection of the couple portraits we did before the evening reception. Wortley Hall offers a wide range of locations for the bridal shoot and we tried to make the most of what was on offer.

We started in front of the beautiful building that is Wortley Hall.

Before then heading up the garden path towards the working gardens. Here we found our own taste of Italy with trees lining the path on both sides. These created beautiful leading lines as well as framing opportunities. First of all, I have to say that I intended the images to all be in colour rather than black and white. For that reason I was quite shocked with how the black and whites turned out. They certainly have a distinct style. Likewise, I just love the texture of the black and white images.

The image below seems like a staged ‘dip’ shot. In fact, it was an impromptu kiss from Jay that caught Sarah completely off guard. As a result I love this image even more.

Finally we made our way down to the secluded path covered by the beautiful tree canopy. Because the trees framed the couple so well I knew that I’d want to include a lot of the canopy in the image due to its filmic imagery. For that reason the trees actually make up 2/3rds of the image. Most noteworthy technically is how this was shot on an 85mm lens to give that shallow depth of field, whilst also framing the scene as if it were an environmental portrait with say a 35mm lens. As a result, the contrast between the shallow depth of field and the included environment gives the image a particularly medium format look. It’s certainly a look that I strive for, especially in scenes like this.

There’s nothing much to say about this image, except that it’s a classic flower shot. As a result of its timeless quality, I love it.

Sarah wanted to finish with an image from this bench. I’d done the grooms portraits there at the start of the day so it felt fitting to finish the portraits there at the end of the day. Unfortunately I had to ask a couple very kindly if they wouldn’t mind moving from the bench so that we could use it. They were extremely generous and seemed happy to oblige.

Again, the idea was the same: 2/3rds environment, 1/3rd couple. This gives the image a grand feeling of scale, as if the environment was actually more impressive than it was in reality; not that it wasn’t beautiful in reality.

The only other thing that I could have wished for was the sun to pop out to give us some back lighting. However, in late August the sun really does start to set rather quickly after 7pm. Regardless, it was a great day.

Finally, the only thing left for me to say is thank you to Jay and Sarah. It was a beautiful day.