Hi I’m Sam, I'm based in Winchester, Hampshire where I live with my beautiful wife, Emma and work mostly in the South East of England. I bought my first camera when I started college at sixteen. I picked up a cheap Centon 35mm camera with one of my first paychecks. Whilst all my friends were playing with phones with instant but cheap and blurry camera phones, I found happiness in pointing my little Centon at all of my friends, taking it out any chance I got.
In the last ten years, I’ve spent countless hours taking and editing photos. Learning more and more but still keeping the same ethos that photos of people are worth keeping. I love capturing people in their favourite places, standing back and seeing the interactions between people and each other or their environments. My style has always been to not intrude and capture natural shots, that’s why I’ve never spent much time in studio spaces but much prefer to go to my clients houses or places that are special to them. This shoot is of one of my favourite couples on their engagement shoot.
As you can tell from the photos, they’re so much fun to be around and weren’t afraid to be themselves in front of the camera. They didn’t take themselves too seriously but wanted the shoot to reflect who they are. We found a beautiful woods near Jess’ house and took some photos as we walked and spoke about their upcoming wedding.
I’d met Jess and Rapha through one of their bridesmaids but they instantly treated me as a friend which made the whole shoot so enjoyable as we got to know each other. That relationship is so important between photographers and the people they’re working with. I’ve shot events where I’m asked to turn up, shoot and email the photos over later but the results are always better and it’s more fun when there’s time to get to know each other first. The engagement shoot is important not only to get the couple comfortable in front of the camera but to build anticipation for their big day.
From my own wedding, I know that so much wedding planning is spreadsheets and phone calls that the tangible elements are so important, cake tasting, seeing the printed invites, and engagement shoots all make the build up much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to shoot Jess and Rapha’s wedding in a couple of weeks!
COMPANY: Samuel Dinsmore Photography