Right before the festive vibes took over, Lou and Joe got in touch to say they’d just got engaged. They wanted to mark the moment with a Newcastle engagement shoot along the vibrant quayside. I jumped with excitement – I love the quayside!
My game plan for couple shoots? A relaxed walk, hitting up different spots for varied backdrops. It’s my secret sauce for capturing a range of shots and getting to know my awesome couples in a super chill way.
Newcastle engagement photography on the Quayside
We met at the Millennium Bridge and started with some photos there to capture both the iconic bridges of the Tyne. Newcastle in December is, as you’d expect pretty cold and we had just dodged the tail end of a storm. These two did amazingly with managing to not look like they were freezing!
We braved the chill on the bridge, then hopped over to the Gatesheads side for a few moments by the Baltic. I loved the modern facade of the building, especially with the warm rust tones. The sun was out and it was throwing some really cool shadows around.
This is also a super cool Newcastle wedding venue, so you could do wedding portraits here too!
Funny thing – I used to shy away from harsh sunlight, preferring the softer, flattering light of cloudy days. Lately though, I’ve grown to love playing with that harsh light. The Baltic entrance was a brilliant playground for that.
Couples photos by the Tyne Bridge
Of course, the showstopper on the Quayside is none other than the Tyne Bridge itself. Are you even a Newcastle engagement photographer if you don’t get some shots with it? I whipped out my prism, got creative, and drew all eyes to Lou, Joe, and that magnificent bridge.
I swear we had all weather during this shoot, but what else would you expect in the north at this time of year? Sunshine, gusts of wind, and some brief drizzle when we were at the bridge. We dashed underneath to get cover and waited a few minutes. Luckily it passed and we finished with a few photos on Queen Street. I absolutely love this street, it’s one of my favourites in town! It looks so quaint, especially as the sun was dipping. It was giving off some lovely old-time Christmas feels.
One of my favourite prompts on a wedding day is to practice your first dance in front of me. It’s a fun one which adds movement to shots, and even if you’re reluctant, those laughs are all I need. Lou and Joe aced it!
Why are engagement shoots great?
Engagement shoots are super fun but also a great idea, particularly if you normally feel awkward in front of the camera or nervous about your wedding photos. It’s a chilled out chance to get comfy in front of the lens, and get to know my shooting style and me. That means total camera coolness on your big day! The bonus is you’ll also have some lovely photos of you and your partner. Perfect for invites, stationery, or your wedding website.
Engagement photography locations in Newcastle
As a Newcastle engagement photographer, I know all the good spots around Newcastle for engagement sessions. The Quayside and Ouseburn are brilliant for urban shots. But, if you’re more into nature, you could head to Jesmond Dene or the beach!
I love photographing cool inner city sessions and weddings in Newcastle. Engaged, have your wedding booked, or just want fab snaps with your better half? Hit me up and let’s book in a couples shoot!