When lovely Maddie Farris Photography got in touch with Francesca and Ben’s couple’s shoot at Bridestones in Yorkshire, I was so excited to share them. You see, on the side I’m a bit of a geology geek ( I studied it at Manchester Uni) so I always adore couple’s shoots and weddings that feature lovely people and real emotions in amazing landscape settings.
Bridestones is 150 million years old, pretty cool huh? It’s a special place to Francesca and Ben who chose the location for their shoot and Maddie explains why she enjoys photographing couples in such dramatic settings:
Fran & Ben have been dating for over 6 years and wanted some authentic and intimate images to celebrate their relationship. They are both very outdoorsy and Ben is a keen rock-climber. He was the one who suggested this amazing location to me at Bridestones in Yorkshire. I really wanted to capture the dramatic scenery during this session, but I equally wanted to focus on Fran & Ben being themselves whilst making sure that the surroundings didn’t over-power them.
Francesca tells us more about how they met and the day at Bridestones;
We knew each other vaguely for a number of years before we got together but had only ever spoken a few sentences to each other! Anyway about five years ago out of the blue Ben got talking to me online and suggested we go for a drink and the rest is history as they say! We hit it off and have been together ever since.
We ended up choosing Bridestones, which is in North Yorkshire, as Ben is a keen climber and often there bouldering. I sometimes go along to keep him company and drink in the view, so it was a great location that has some real meaning to us.
We did the shoot up in the moors near where we live… We are both really outdoorsy and spend a lot of time on the moors or up mountains so Maddie suggested we went somewhere like that. We ended up choosing Bridestones, which is in North Yorkshire, as Ben is a keen climber and often there bouldering. I sometimes go along to keep him company and drink in the view, so it was a great location that has some real meaning to us.
I think my favourite moment of the shoot was towards the end of it when I decided to try a piggy back with Ben. It was just a funny few moments which had us all laughing and ended up creating some really good shots… I think I weigh a little more than I thought!
My advice to other’s having a couple shoot….I’d just suggest having a good chat with your photographer beforehand if you haven’t already so you are all on the same page and they know what you want from the day. It will make things much easier and you’re going to be happier with the results.