I love being a Derbyshire Wedding Photographer for so many reasons. Capturing weddings at Shottle Hall is just one of them and a favourite of venue of mine to photograph weddings at.
Being one of Derbyshire's most prestigious wedding venues, playing host to footballers, Olympians and even Royalty, Shottle Hall should be high on the wedding venues to visit for consideration for your big day! There is a beautiful house which can be seen in the image above, itself a pretty enough backdrop for any number of wedding photos, let alone the acres of surrounding Derbyshire countryside that you have access to as well!
The day started off with bridal preparations taking place at Chantelle’s home for hair and makeup before moving on to the venue for final preparations.
The ceremony room is beautifully decorated with large windows allowing plenty of light into the room. For the all important group photographs and the family formals the gardens offer up plenty of space without getting in the way of your other guests during that part of the day.
This photograph of Chantelle and Steven was taken in late October. The Autumn colours are beautiful at that time of year so it's easy to see why October is becoming so popular for weddings. Weddings in October are usually a joy to shoot - so far in my career I have always been blessed when it comes to October weddings, always getting the best weather possible, with a nice early sunset but also it's never too hot in the day time.
In order to take this image I used a wide angle lens because I wanted to capture the front of the beautiful old house and the setting sun in the same frame. To capture the wonderful golden tones, I had to expose for the sky which would have left the newlyweds in shadow, but I had just the thing I needed to overcome this; by using my portable Profoto lighting equipment I was able to light them to make this gorgeous photograph for them both. The specialist lighting that I use was able to fill in the shadows by simply overpowering the light coming from the setting sun. The result as you can see is just stunning!Profoto is renowned as one of the very best professional lighting equipment companies in the world. I only use Profoto lighting equipment because they are incredibly reliable (I have never had a failure) and deliver such a powerful punch you can overpower the sun to capture photographs like this.
Location: White Lane, Shottle, Belpher, DE56 2EB.