Cotswolds Wedding Photography – Pre wedding shoot

Bassem and Shelley’s Engagement Shoot

Burnham on Sea

Shelley and Bassem came to visit me a few months back to view what I had to offer, it was obvious right away that this was a perfect match, they fell in love with my albums, my photos and what I offer and I could right away this would be a great wedding to be photographing.  I got very excited when the told me there were getting married at The Swan Hotel in Bibury in the Cotswolds –   Although I am based in Worcestershire, the Cotswolds is less than an hour away, I love photographing weddings there because it really is a beautiful part of the country and The Swan Hotel sits right alongside the river and is a truly fabulous wedding venue.  Shelley and Bassem booked me on the spot and we set about thinking of what we would for their engagement session.

The first choice was a butterfly park however with dates / weather and the costs associated with taking commercial photo’s at the butterfly parks, that option didnt work so Shelley and Bassem decided that they wanted a beach location pre wedding shoot.  Since they have family in the area the couple chose the beautiful location of Burnham on Sea and this weekend we met up and shot a few photos.

I should point out that although it looks like a nice day it was actually pretty cold and very windy but this did not effect the photos in any way – if you accept the weather conditions your shooting and and adapt to having fun and getting great images even cold windy days turn out to be GREAT photo shoots !

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I am often asked what its like being photographed by me ?  so I shot a few behind the scenes photos to show you !

I was lucky enough to be assisted on this shoot by a great portrait and wedding photographer called Dav Hughes – Dav is based around Gloucestershire and when I mentioned how excited I was to be shooting on the beach on a photographers forum volunteered to come along and help me out – its a good job he did because it was really windy ! You can visit Dav’s Website at Since I had Dav with me I decided to take along something called a BEAUTY DISH – basically a massive big light modifier – not something I generally do, I mainly use it for studio portraits etc.

So here is a bit of a pull back shot

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and here is what the shot ended up looking like.

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And finally, the last shot of the day

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I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek at Shelley and Bassems engagement photos, a big shout out to Dav Hughes for helping me out on the day and a special thanks to Shelley and Bassem for being such troopers – at the end I got a little hug from Shelley and she was like a block of ice – poor girl froze the proverbials  off !



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile: 0759 007 6666

[…] a few weeks ago I have a fantastic wedding down in the Cotswolds, it was at The Swan Hotel in Bibury and its an amazing wedding venue.  My bride that day was the beautiful Shelley – you can see Shelley and Bassem engagement shoot photos here – […]

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