Lola and Max met working in a pub whilst studying in Brighton 4 years ago, so naturally we met and started their session at the pub. My approach to photography is very laid back, I want you to feel at ease and just be yourselves, that way I feel I can capture the true you and your real relationships. Lola and Max very quickly relaxed as I got to know them over a drink and they talked about how they met and their relationship. I like to think they didn’t even notice me have my camera out at this point, it just felt like a few friends at the pub catching up.
I’m still fairly new to Brighton so I let them lead the way, all I knew was that I wanted to end up at the pier for the sunset. We started at the band stand then headed down to the beach, I asked them to stop for the first posed shot of the session in front of the burnt pier. If you’re after cute photos with your other half but scared about posing, you don’t need to be. Here I just asked Lola and Max to stand in one spot and be themselves, just look at each other and be yourselves.
I couldn’t have asked for better weather for mid December, on the way to the session I almost drowned in Worthing where it was raining cats and dogs! As we arrived to the pier the sky was golden! This is my favourite time to shoot, if you book a couples or family session with me no doubt I will suggest doing it at ‘golden hour’ which is the hour just before sunset. That’s when the magic happens.
My favourite images from this session were taken right as the sun was setting in front of the carousel on Brighton Palace Pier. I used a glass prism to reflect the lights from the top of the carousel to the bottom of the image to create more interest in the image.
Lola said she’d been bugging Max for ages to get some good photos of them, and now Max said he’s got a few get out of jail free cards for going along with it but now they both have beautiful images that they can treasure forever.
You don’t need a special occasion to book a photography session. Some of my favourite photos are just from a relaxed walk by the sea or gone for a coffee in town. There are real life moments that sometimes get overlooked but are well worth having.
Enjoy a selection from Lola and Max’s casual couples session down on Brighton Beach.