I love it when couples tell me that they’d like to do their engagement shoot in Whitby. It’s one of those places where, as long as you have the weather on your side, you can’t help but find great locations for photographs. On this occasion, with Gemma, Daniel and Rosie the dog, we more or less had the weather on our side. It was one of those late February days where you look out of the window and it looks beautiful, but then you get outside and it’s freezing. You know the ones. Luckily, Gemma and Daniel are made of stern stuff and we were soon clambering on rocks and getting the crashing waves in the background. I should also apologise to Daniel as I promised to tell them to run if any of the waves were getting close to them, but with taking the photographs and watching the light and waiting for the right expressions, I forgot. Daniel got a bit wet.
We timed the day perfectly as the tide was on it’s way out but not quite enough, so before we could set off down the beach, we had to kill a bit of time. Roughly the amount of time that it takes to go to the Magpie Cafe and get some fish & chips. Truly one of the greatest experiences in life is sitting on the quayside in Whitby with Magpie Fish & Chips.
As you may know, I like to shoot some film every now and again and this shoot was no exception. Some of the photographs from this shoot were shot on Fuji 400H film using a Bronica SQA Medium Format camera, you’ll be able to spot them easily – they’re the square ones. As usual, the films were developed and scanned by the brilliant UK Film Lab.
By Mark J Hillyer, Yorkshire Wedding Photographer