Today I am delighted to share this beautiful snowy engagement session in the Pennines.
Images were captured by Maddie Farris Photography.
Maddie Farris is a family, baby and wedding photographer based in Littleborough, Greater Manchester UK.
Maddie says of the shoot…
“I want to start by saying that these two were absolute troopers at their session and it really takes a willing and adventurous couple to get these shots.”
“I love working with couples who want to capture authentic images as much as I do! It really is a team effort.”
“I’m trying to focus more on capturing real, honest, love and this session was definitely good practice in getting me out of my comfort zone.”
“I will be photographing Cat & Andy’s wedding later in the year and they wanted to come and meet me for an engagement session not only for some awesome pictures, but so we could get to know each other more and I could learn more about their wedding plans.”
“Cat was really excited about this session and was happy to go along with my planning and judgement.”
“I wanted to use this fantastic location near my house in the Pennines which has some gorgeously bleak moorlands as a backdrop.”
“It’s a bit brisk up there at the best of times but us Northerners just put our big coats on get on with things don’t we? So I couldn’t see the weather being a problem.”
“On the morning of the session it started snowing, but not like nice Christmas-card snow, horrible snow that is essentially just cold, stabby rain. ”
“I panicked and messaged Cat, describing how horrible the weather was and do her and Andy still want to come?”
“Yeah, it’s fine! She replied. We’ll just bring some tea in a flask.”
“Knowing that Cat & Andy were willing to face the elements for these images, and that they really trusted in me, gave me an amazing confidence boost. I knew from then we were going to get some fantastic images.”
“We started the session by walking up the cobbled path to the moors, and the snow wasn’t too bad!”
“Once we almost reached the top, the weather took a real turn for the worse!”
“My eyes started to water really badly from the wind. I couldn’t see and ended up with eyeliner all down my face which was a terrifying sight.”
“I also had to keep my camera fully enclosed in its cover, so I was just taking an educated guess on what I was shooting.”
“I asked if Cat & Andy wanted to turn back (by this point they were both soaked) but they were happy to carry on.”
“Honestly, although it could have been pretty miserable standing up on the tops in in the snow, the whole situation was strangely funny and the snow (excuse the pun) broke the ice for us all.”
“It was also a good excuse for these two to snuggle close and I got to capture some really natural, intimate moments which are my absolute favourites! Cat & Andy hardly needed any posing.”
“They’re a really sweet couple (as you can see!) and I really loved capturing these moments.”
“When things got really bad, we had to whip the blanket out.”
“This served as a really cute prop and I would definitely recommend bringing one to snuggle under during a couple’s session.”
“Eventually we all got too cold so we hurried back to dry off before grabbing a coffee at the Wine Press in Littleborough and talking through some wedding plans.”
“We finished off the afternoon with a pub tea and a few pints, so I’d call that a success…”
I hand over to Bride to be, Cat…
Tell us a wee bit about yourselves…
“Andy is a senior software developer in Blackburn and I am a real time analyst in Manchester.”
“We have been together for 14 years this March (wowzers!).”
“We both enjoy going to the gym, a lovely meal out, going to the cinema, getting together with friends and I enjoy training at Stealth BJJ; gaining my blue belt back in December 2014.
How did you meet as a Couple?
“We regularly attended a local rock night every Friday night and met through mutual friends on one of these nights.”
“We exchanged numbers and went on a date. The rest as they say is history.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged on a weekend away for Andy’s birthday in June 2015.”
“A very big surprise for me as I’d booked the holiday.”
When are you getting married?
“We are getting married on 31st July 2017.”
Why did you choose this location or concept for your Engagement shoot?
“We completely trusted Maddie with her ideas.”
“I let Maddie have full control of location and what type of shoot we were going to do and I haven’t regretted it, we have some lovely photos in the snow that we are going to have Maddie print to put up in our house.”
Thank you so much to Maddie for sharing these striking images.
There is something magical about snow.
When you take out the inconvenience aspect it can cause and go back to child like thinking of snowballs and sledging it becomes all the more fun.
And it paints a beautiful picture for capturing amazing wintery images however cold it is.
To Contact Maddie Farris Photography
Phone: 07967 118002