Engagement Portraits

An engagement shoot is really beneficial to both your photographer and yourselves as a couple. Many of my couples go in to a portrait session thinking it’s going to be the most awkward hour of their life and don’t really know what to expect from it. I always say that it’s the first two pictures that are the most awkward and sure enough, it’s soon as if they have forgotten the camera is even there. When you book your wedding with Hannah Sharpe Photography, I will always include an engagement shoot in with your pre-wedding meeting.

Here is how a pre-wedding meeting with me, might go…

  • Most often, I will meet you at a place which is significant; perhaps it’s where you met or even where you got engaged.

  • We will grab a coffee and have a good chat about your wedding and ideas for your day.

  • After this we can head on over to a location and take some quick pictures. I’m not about stiff, unnatural poses so will never pose you or shout instructions at you - if you really would like some pointers I will of course tell you what sometimes works.

  • A week later, I will send over your photographs and they’re yours to do what you like with them…print them out and put them all over your walls, send them as (easy yet thoughtful) gifts to your parents or use them on your wedding invitations!

Here are just a few reasons why I believe you should always take advantage of engagement portraits prior to your wedding day:

1) Get to know your photographer (and vice versa!) This is the perfect chance for us to figure out what works best and so you don’t feel like there’s a stranger at your wedding! Compared to every other supplier and even your guests, your photographer will be one of the people on your day that you spend most of your time with. This is why, for me, it’s so important that we are well suited to working together.

2) Feel relaxed being in front of a camera. As I hope you can tell from looking at my work, I have a very natural, unobtrusive approach. I’m always running around in the background capturing everything as it happens instead of creating or setting up a shot - this is about you and your day. The engagement shoot therefore will be the most direct aspect of your wedding photography and this will really give you a chance to feel comfortable.

3) More photographs! Not only will you come away from this portrait session with some beautiful photographs but they could be really useful too: use them for your wedding invitations, decorations on the table etc

4) It’s a chance to capture the time that you’re engaged - because this is something to be celebrated! I know that for many brides, it can seem like your wedding date comes along with loads of deadlines to get things done. Setting aside some time with your fiancé and your photographer can be a good way to capture this special time in your relationship without worrying about booking suppliers/appointments etc.

The Wedding Showcase

I’m super lucky to be the official photographer for The Wedding Emporium’s bi-annual ‘The Wedding Showcase’ which takes place at The Royal Bath and West Showground. Spending the weekend getting to take some beautiful pictures for some of the best wedding suppliers in the South West is really great and always leaves me feeling inspired. If you are newly engaged, or even a wedding supplier yourself, I would 100% recommend popping over and getting involved. The next event is the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019.


On The Farm

Located on Manor Farm in Emborough, Somerset, On The Farm Celebrations is the most beautiful setting for a wedding. Wether it's a small and intimate family celebration, or a large-scale festival themed wedding reception like the one Mr & Mrs Jennings held in May, this blank-canvas venue is the perfect foundation. If you are planning a wedding, do get in touch with the lovely Ali to make your dream wedding a reality.

A marquee covered dance floor and the most impressive inflatable sculptures!

A marquee covered dance floor and the most impressive inflatable sculptures!

Mr & Mrs Jennings

An emotional blessing was led by the couple's close friends under a boho tipi adorned with reels of ribbon and bunting. The 'congregation' were seated on hay bales and I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the field! 


The guests were kept entertained 

by the super talented Urban Circus - performing stunts, tightrope walking and more! The bride's family band also got up on the stage and performed songs into the night. The new Mr and Mrs danced their first dance to a song written by the Bride's father - cue more tears! 



Something new to Hannah Sharpe Photography is the Branding package. Recently, I got to work with the very lovely Aizel who is creating her own brand for her gorgeous rural retreat in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset. We worked together to achieve these images which she will use in her website to advertise. Those who know Aizel will know that she loves to be a hostess and so I am very much looking forward to seeing the journey of Yalham Hayes unfold...and yes, the food tasted as good as it looks! 


Afternoon TEa

Aizel's lucky guests can expect to be well and truly spoilt during their stay!


Snow in Somerset



Snow in somerset

Unless you've been hibernating indoors (I don't blame you!!) you'll know that the UK was blanketed by a thick layer of snow over the last week. Now, for our family, this happened to come at an unfortunate time: amidst packing up the whole house, trying to organise painters and carpet fittings, there was no internet. This resulted in a four day weekend combined with a severe case of cabin fever for three certain Sharpe kids and mum (sorry mum!). Having been away, I had to drag my suitcase through the snowy country lanes to get back
I managed to get 2/3 frosty siblings outside for a super quick photo session...

Maybe it is just the novelty of the snow, but there is something really magical about the way it makes the landscape looks and made me wish we had many more snow days to carry out family portrait sessions! 
With the snow very much melted and the temperature rising slowly but surely, I am looking forward to what backgrounds and settings come along with Spring. Please do get in contact if you would like to book a family session by sending me a quick message here.


Debenham Family


Joe & Rachel