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Book-loving singer and writer get engaged - St Albans {Emma and Rich}


I met up with Emma and Rich in St Albans. They had told me before hand that Rich is a guitarist/singer and Emma is a writer, who works at the Library. Not surprisingly they said they both love books and music (especially vinyl).  There is a cool Oxfam book and record shop, where Emma used to work when they first started going out together.  So I knew I wanted to get them back to that very shop to take some photos.  We met by St Albans Abbey and wandered through the old walled streets. Lots of happy smiles. It didn't take long before they relaxed in front of the camera.







Through the Abbey we went into the beautiful secret garden...the carpet of bright yellow leaves in the Autumn sunshine looked amazing.



Emma has the most gorgeous big green eyes, with the green of her jacket and the Autumn light, it was all a joy to photograph.




I really adored Emma's gorgeous hot pink, irregular choice, peacock embellished shoes...


After the secret garden, we headed to the second hand book and record store that Emma used to work in when she first met up with Rich....thumbing through books and records was both nostalgic and fun.


Emma: Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing

Rich: James Brown - Sex Machine



The record titles that they choose seemed charged in a certain way! And there were many kisses, as the couple really forgot I was there at this point! Thats what I love the most.


These werent just any books, Emma reached up and pulled out her favourite novel - The Time Traveller's wife!


Then amazingly Rich found his favourite book too...One Day, by David Nicholls. 




They were just laughing and smiling and telling each other they really should read these books again... when I noticed the cover design!

This was such a memorable and fun engagement shoot, I just know they are going to have an amazingly love-filled beautiful wedding.


Big thanks to the kind staff at the Oxfam bookstore, who gave us permission to shoot.

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  • Guest
    Jon Wednesday, 21 November 2012

    Wonderful shoot with a beautiful couple in a beautiful location!

    Those shoes... those eyes!

    Looks like the Secret Garden was a great spot to use. Excellent!

  • SCP
    SCP Wednesday, 21 November 2012

    Thanks Jon. Id love to return to the secret garden, as we'd planned the bookstore we didnt spend as much time as I'd have liked in that sweet garden. Thanks for your comment.

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    Emma Thursday, 22 November 2012

    Sharon they are beautiful. Thank you so much.

    Thanks for making us feel so relaxed and having fun with it. That last book cover one is so clever!! Well done you! Your camera really does take amazing photos doesn't it!! hahaha :):)

    We had a fabulous day, and really look forward to having you with us on our next fabulous day :):)

    Love Emma and Richard xxx

  • SCP
    SCP Monday, 26 November 2012

    Ahhh so glad you had a fun shoot. Oh yes its ALL down to the camera I have (joke) I cant wait to see you both again!

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    Kathryn Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Lovely shoot! Great use of light. I love the long shadows and all the greens that come out (coat, eyes, moss) beautiful. :-)

  • SCP
    SCP Monday, 26 November 2012

    Thanks Kathryn - those greens really popped!

  • Guest
    Andre Sunday, 25 November 2012

    Amazing shoot Sharon, the colours are fabulous, are Emma's eyes really hat green, stunning :)

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  • SCP
    SCP Monday, 26 November 2012

    Thanks Andre, and YES I didnt change them, twinkly and in love helps I think :)

  • Guest
    Emma Tuesday, 27 November 2012

    Gorgeous shoot, just love those colours of autumnal nature that you've captured perfectly Sharon. One of my favourite places too! I bet this couple are over the moon with their images :) xx

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    Liz Greenhalgh Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Wow just Wow! Those colours are sublime

  • SCP
    SCP Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Thank you Liz, a day with beautiful light, we were lucky. The bright clothes and Autumn foliage seemed made for each other.

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