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Breadsall Priory wedding fair on Sunday 18th September

Dear Brides and Grooms

There will be a wedding fair at Breadsall Priory Hotel, a great wedding venue just north of Derby, on Sunday, 18th September 2016, from 11am till 3pm. The wedding fair offers displays from various wedding suppliers and I think you will be able to find lots of useful contacts and information for your Big Day when visiting it.

We will also be exhibiting at the Breadsall Priory wedding fair and will be glad to see you at our stand. Come around to have a chat about your wedding day, to get special wedding offer discounts and to take a part in an engagement shoot competition.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

See you there
Your Derby wedding photographer

Shottle Hall wedding fair on Sunday 18th September 2016

Dear Brides and Grooms

There will be a wedding fair at Shottle Hall, a fabulous Derbyshire wedding venue, on Sunday 18th September 2016 between 11am and 3pm. The wedding fair offers displays from various wedding suppliers and I think you will be able to find lots of useful contacts and information for your Big Day when visiting it.

We will also be exhibiting at the Shottle Hall wedding fair on 18th September and will be glad to see you at our stand. Come around to have a chat about your wedding day, get special wedding offer discounts and to take a part in an engagement shoot competition.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

P.S. We’ve photographed in Shottle Hall many times and just love this venue as it offers great photographic opportunities!


See you there
Your Derby wedding photographer

Engagement photos Kedleston Hall of Iryna and Richard

Hello everybody

Kedleston Hall, a home for Curzon family, is probably one of the most famous stately homes in Derbyshire, and certainly one of the grandest venues next to Derby. The grounds here have quite a romantic countryside atmosphere, this is probably why Iryna and Richard, my wedding couple, wanted to have their engagement photos Kedleston Hall. We decided to have this shoot done in October so that the background would be different to their wedding photographs in the spring time.

If you’ve been there you know that the heart of the grounds is the magnificent 18th century Hall itself. We started our romantic photo shoot from the back of the hall, the side with the double staircase. With laugh and kisses, the guys went up the stairs, walked down and had a few shots just at the bottom of the staircase.


Then we went on for a stroll in the grounds, found some benches, went to see the riverside and just had very good time. Iryna and Richard were amazing, they laughed, smiled and even had some dance movements which, of course, I did capture with my camera.


We all enjoyed the walk and this informal session. From my experience, engagement sessions help the couples to relax and get confident in front of the camera prior to their wedding day, and this is what Iryna and Richard said too. Well, keep on my blog for Iryna and Richard’s wedding pictures which will come soon!

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Foremark Reservoir engagement photos of Jo and James

Hi there

I’m pleased to present these Foremark reservoir engagement photos of Jo and James. The location was unusual, at least for me, as I was here for the first time. Jo and James chose this interesting location because it was very special for them. They also took to the shoot another member of their family, their dog. I always welcome when my couples choose special locations or do something special during the shoot, so here we had both.

It was a weekday and the path around the reservoir was quiet. We had a lovely and relaxed walk around, stopping for a a few shots here and there. Foremark reservoir has beaches, rocks and trees on its banks so there was variety of backgrounds to get a good variety of pictures. Such a lovely place, I will definitely come back here with my family!

It was pleasure to photograph Jo and James. They prepared very well in terms of outfits and location. They were relaxed and, in general, were themselves which is very important during any engagement or wedding photo session. Such engagement shoots always help the couples to get confidence being in front of the camera and see photographers as good old friends on the wedding day.

Keep an eye on Jo and James’ wedding blog soon!


Speak soon
Your engagement photographer


Newstead Abbey Engagement photo shoot of Rebecca and Daniel

Hi everybody

I’m pleased to present these beautiful images of Rebecca and Daniel from their Newstead Abbey engagement photo shoot.

We, at Elen Studio Photography, always welcome couples choosing a unique and/or special location for their engagement photo shoot. Such were Rebecca and Daniel – they suggested to have their photography session at Newstead Abbey, a stunning Nottinghamshire hall and gardens. As we scheduled the session on a Friday afternoon, the grounds were quiet and almost empty, so we had all gardens just for the guys.

The time of a year for the shoot, it was middle of October, was chosen on purpose too. Rebecca and Daniel wanted to have their engagement photographs different to their wedding pictures. So we thought that photographs taken late autumn would have very different colours and atmosphere in contrast to their Summer wedding.

During the shoot we had a walk around the grounds and the garden. At Newstead Abbey you don’t have to go far to get a different but still stunning surroundings. It’s got everything: gardens, waterfalls, stairs and a hall. So within an hour or so we were done with lots of pictures taken. This Newstead Abbey is such a fantastic location for an engagement photo session!

Many thanks to Rebecca and Daniel for preparing to this session so well – look forward to photographing your wedding in June!


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Your engagement photographer


East Midlands Designer Outlet Wedding Fair

We will be exhibiting at East Midlands Designer Outlet Wedding Fair which will be held at East Midlands Designer Outlet (Mansfield Rd, South Normanton DE55 2JW) on 19th and 20th March 2016.

The opening hours are:
SATURDAY 6TH FEB: 10.00am – 5PM
SUNDAY 7TH FEB: 10.00am – 5PM

Meet best East Midlands wedding suppliers. Find great ideas for your wedding day.

Don’t forget to pop in to my stand to say hi – I would be glad to see you there!

And we will have a very special offer and great competition for all couples!


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Your Derbyshire wedding photographer

Packington Moor wedding photographer-wedding of Stacey and Jon

Hello again

Following their engagement photo shoot, I’m glad to share with you their wedding photographs, taken at a very nice and cosy venue Packington More by your Packington Moor wedding photographer 🙂 I thought that instead of me describing the wedding day, Stacey Nd Jon will tell better about them and their wedding, so here is a short interview with Stacey.


How did you two meet?
Internet dating

How did he pop the question?
He took me to Stockholm and proposed in the old town on Cobbled street

What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
Walking the aisle


How would you describe your overall wedding experience?

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I found it in a shop in Littleover, I wasnt sure on the hanger but tried it on and it looked lovely. I loved the laces and buttons on the back. My Sister bought it for me as a gift.


How was your experience taking photos/working with us on your wedding day?
Very good, very professional and it helped that you photographed our baby when he was born so you knew the family.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Dont get stressed, start planning early and dont worry about the small things. Save money where you can, my Sister made the cake and my mum did the centre pieces.

Have you had an engagement session? If so, please, describe your experience? Would you recommend to have an engagement photo shoot to other couples?
Yes I would recommend it, it shows Elena what style you like ans how you photograph together.

Here is a list of suppliers for Stacey and Jon’s wedding:
Wedding Venue: Packington Moor
Cake maker: Jessica Ball, sister
DJ: Strictly Weddings
Dress Boutique: Serendipidy
Florist: Passion Flowers Derby
Makeup Artist: Charlene Everson
Hairstylist: Nicola Edwards


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Your Packington Moor wedding photographer


Coombe Abbey engagement – Rita and Jon’s photographs

Rita and Jon’s engagement photo shoot took place at a beautiful Warwickshire place – Coombe Abbey Park.
Although we are based in Derby, we love photographing engagements at different locations. For an engagement photo shoot we always advise our couples to choose location which means something for them, or may be just beautiful park.
I love photograph girls in Indian outfits. I was so happy when Rita suggested to wear her Indian wedding ceremony outfit during her Coombe Abbey engagement photo shoot! Perfect make up, lovely hairstyle, beautiful dress and great weather! You don’t need anything else to take stunning shots.


Of course, when you wear an Indian style dress or a special occasion dress, it brings more attention form people around. It gets quite difficult to be unnoticed by others and you have to be ready that some people would ask what the reason for the shoot 🙂 Especially it can be difficult for shy persons. But Coombe Abbey has got huge area, many little paths, so we used not so popular parts of the park for the shoot. To check where we need to go I arrived half an hour before we started.

Thank you to Rita and Jon – we had a nice walk around beautiful ground which we finished by taking some pictures in front of the Coombe Abbey hotel as you can see on photographs below.

Do you have an idea about your engagement shoot or even proposal? Then call me 07733158177! I’d love to discuss this with you.


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Your Coombe Abbey engagement photographer


Elvaston Castle Engagement – photos of Stacey and Jon

This Elvaston Castle engagement story was different from most of other Derbyshire engagement photo shoots. For our couples an engagement shoot is normally the first photo experience with us. Unlike others, I first photographed Stacey and Jon with their gorgeous little boy when doing his newborn photo shoot. Only then they realised that I aw a wedding photographer too and asked me to do a photography coverage of the next important event – their wedding day.

The wedding was planned for March so we decided to have these engagement pictures done in February. I would like to thank Stacey for the style of the outfits she chose for both of them. And her make up and hair were perfect as usual. It wasn’t very cold so we quite enjoyed spending our time at the Elvaston Castle Park. It was also good for their little one to have some fresh air and sleep in a pram 🙂


I think we took some great pictures. It speaks for itself that Stacey and Jon decided to frame one of the photos in a signature frame for guests to sign on the wedding day. Personally, I was very happy with their choice as this photo was my favourite picture too 🙂 Right from the newborn photo session I knew that the guys and I feel the same about photography style.

Stacey and Jon’s wedding day was amazing. But I’ll show you these photographs next time…


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Your local Derby engagement photographer


Do You Need to Have an Engagement Photo Shoot?

Capture Precious Moments

Since you are engaged, now you would be planning the details for your big day, from invites and flowers to music and wedding photographers. With all these things clouding your mind, overlooking the engagement photo shoot is a common mistake performed by couples to be wed. Your engagement ceremony is something that is filled with love, joy and anticipation and capturing this event of your life can be as thrilling as capturing the moments of your big day.

Engagement Photo Shoot

There are several benefits of having an engagement photo shoot (commonly known as an e-shoot). Below are few reasons why you should not pass the opportunity of having the pre-wedding shoot.

Capture Precious Moments That Cannot be Relived

As time passes and you get closer to the wedding day, you find yourself getting busy with different things. So your engagement is an ideal time for an e-shoot. Since the vision of your future and beautiful moment of the proposal would still be fresh in your mind, that emotion would be clearly captured in your photos.

Kissing Moments


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