Fun Engagement Session on the Beach at Littlehaven, South Shields – Annalise and David

Fun Engagement Session on the Beach at Littlehaven, South Shields – Annalise and David

If you love sand dunes and lighthouses, you’ll love this fun Engagement Session on the beach at Littlehaven in South Shields!

Annalise and David are getting married at the Littlehaven Hotel in South Shields, so the beach right next to their venue was the perfect choice for their Engagement Session.  It’s a gorgeous beach, with sand dunes and a really distinctive red lighthouse that’s a famous local landmark.  The photos from this Engagement session are going to be used for the Save The Date Cards as well, which is a brilliant idea.

The Engagement session took place in late afternoon in September, and the light was spectacular!  Annalise and David totally smashed this photo session – you really couldn’t tell that they were nervous at all!  They are the most perfect couple, and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding now!!

Check out this amazing Engagement session!  If you are engaged and would like me to photograph you, please get in touch!!

Saltburn engagement shoot – Sam and Craig

Saltburn engagement shoot – Sam and Craig


Saltburn Engagement Shoot by north east wedding photographer.

Sam and Craig chose lovely Saltburn beach for their engagement shoot.  Its a place they often go.  So it seemed like the obvious choice for a relaxed and fun engagement photo shoot.  Let’s face it, it is a bit weird having your photo taken!  That’s why I love meeting couples before the big day for a practice shoot.  We have a bit of a laugh, go for a wander wherever the mood takes us.  And all the nerves about being in front of the camera soon disappear.  Its great on the wedding day when we can just pick up where we left off, and capture some amazing images of the two of you together.  I was amazed with the new funky coloured beach huts they have along Saltburn promenade, they look so cool!  The beach is amazing and there’s an old Pier too!

Sam and Craig are an amazing couple and I can’t wait to be their north east wedding photographer.  They’re having an outdoor hand-fasting ceremony at Ormesby Hall near Middlesbrough at the weekend!!!  I think it’s going to be an epic wedding!

If you’re a fun, relaxed couple like Craig and Sam and would like to book me for an engagement shoot or a wedding, please get in touch!!


A Durham Engagement Shoot in the snow – Emma and Richie

A Durham Engagement Shoot in the snow – Emma and Richie

Emma and Richie chose to have their Pre-Wedding Engagement photo shoot in beautiful Durham – well I would say that because that’s where I live!!  They chose Durham because Richie popped “the question”, on Old Elvet Bridge, so thats where we started!  I like to keep things really relaxed and to have a bit of fun, capturing the in-between giggles and smiles along the way.  We had a wander about the town, down onto the river banks, and along through the woods.  The weather was freezing and snowy, but that didn’t really matter!  More opportunities for cuddling up close and keeping each other warm!  We ended up in the Cathedral Cloisters, where the first Harry Potter was filmed!  I’m really looking forward to photographing the Wedding at Horton Grange later this year!

Preparing for an engagement Photo shoot

Preparing for an engagement Photo shoot

You don’t like awkward, cheesy poses…

in fact, you don’t really like you photograph being taken at all…

you’re not a professional model…

so why bother with an Engagement Photo Session??

Well, all of the above statements also apply to me, so we’re off to a good start already!!

During an Engagement session with me, I try to make them as fun and relaxing as possible.  Having worked as a press photographer for the past 14 years, I’m very used to visiting homes and places of work of ordinary people to take their photographs.  I did it on a daily basis, and most people didn’t really want their photographs taken, but I quickly learned the art of putting you at ease, because once you relax, I get to take better, more natural looking photos!  You can expect to laugh through those awkward first moments, when you think to yourself…”what do I do with my hands!???”

So, once you’ve chilled out a bit, it’s a chance for to get to know you as a couple, I get to know your personalities, and you’ll get to know me.  I’m mostly interested in capturing the connection the two of you have together, and not forcing you into any cheesy poses that you wouldn’t normally do.  I want you to come away from the session with some beautiful images of the two of you that show the love you feel for each other.  I think all of my couples look amazing, but some couples discover that they have a “good side” during the session, which we can then take into consideration on the Wedding Day.  It’s also worth remembering that we can pick up where we left off on the Wedding Day, so you won’t feel nervous at all on the Big Day like you did at the start of the Engagement Session!

Which locations are best?

I always ask if there’s a special location you would like to go to first, for example, the place where you got engaged.  Somewhere special that has sentimental significance is always good, but if not, the choice of location will set the mood for the photo shoot.  For example, urban versus countryside.  Both have a totally different vibe, like the Monument in Newcastle on a match-day saturday, is going to look and feel a lot different to a peaceful woodland walk!  Both are equally cool I might add!


Newcastle Ouseburn

Newcastle Hoults Yard

Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside

City centre quirky coffee bar/pubs


We’re rather spoilt for choice in the North East with all the beautiful beaches – take your pick!

North Shields Fish Quay


“Kiss me quick” Candyfloss, Arcades and Fish n’ Chips


Forest, woodland, moorland, rivers and waterfalls, or even climbing a mountain!

At home:

Where better to fell relaxed than in your own home?

What time is best?

Early morning light is always beautiful, but I mean EARLY!  Like, dawn and the hour just after!  But if you’re not an early riser, the two hours before sunset, or Golden Hour as its sometimes called, is the best time.  I’ll very rarely cancel a session due to bad weather, as I’m really interested in capturing you two as a couple, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing, it often adds to the photo anyway!!  Just make sure you dress for it!

What outfit should I wear?

Most importantly, wear something that you’re comfortable in, and that fits properly.  I’ll take much better photos if you’re relaxed and not constantly pulling your shirt down, or distracted by straps falling off your shoulders!  The less you have to think about, the better!  Dress for your location, and don’t wear high heels to go on a forest hike.  Try to avoid clothing with logo’s, graphics and writing on, they’re really distracting, and they will be all you look at once you see the photos!  Try not to wear clothes that are too matchy, but rather compliment each other.  You can check out my Pinterest board here for more ideas: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/silverbirdphoto/engagement-session-outfit-inspiration/

Leave any large handbags at home or in the car, as you’ll be holding hands and cuddling a lot, and a bag just gets in the way. Lads, make sure you don’t have keys, wallet and phone in your pockets, as bulgy trousers look weird!  I can carry a small bag with all your essentials in and a bit of make up for touch ups.

If you want to bring along children and pets thats great!  Also, if you have any props, I’ll say let’s use them at the start of the session and then put them away so you can concentrate on holding onto each other!

My goal for the Session is that you leave feeling happy and excited to see your photos.  I aim to make them as fun as possible and you’ll get some beautiful images for you to keep.  Some couples choose to use the photographs for their Save the Date cards, on their Wedding Invitations, or as a large print for guests to sign at their wedding.  You can keep up to date with what i get up to by following me on Facebookor Instagram.  For more information, please just ask!  hello@silverbirdphotography.com