Bridal photo shoot - Abandoned Mill

Rock the Frock.

I decided it was time to push my boundaries. Wanting to try something new, I had the perfect setting for it. An abandoned mill.

I have an attraction towards abandoned buildings. They are fascinating and I wanted to utilise this amazing place with something of great contrast. My shoot style is natural. I slightly despair at forced smiles, so I usually treat any photo shoot as a day out with friends to capture what's actually happening. Of course it's not that simple, but you get the idea.

So here's where I pushed myself. I set up a styled shoot and posed my gorgeous model, Laura. I also used lighting instead of relaying on natural light. I tend to avoid flash when possible, but not this time. It was time to embrace it.

Here's a snippet of the session

The amazing ladies at the Flower shop Keighley create this beautiful vibrant bouquet. I requested something quite small, nothing extravagant but vibrant. I wanted the colours to pop and contrast with the backdrop of the mill. I recommend these ladies for flower for any occasion. 

Laura was a little nervous at first. Apart from her wedding photos, she had never done anything like this. After a few warm up shots, she soon relaxed into it and we genuinely had a great time. (the Prosecco may have helped) And what a great excuse to get back into that wedding dress. Let's face it, every married lady is itching to put it back on at some point right?  

Laura you are so stunning. I can't thank you enough for trusting me to enter an decaying abandoned mill and pose in your wedding dress. I had such a great time and I'm pretty proud of the results. 

I'd love to know what you think, all comments welcome.

I would like to try another styled shoot working with dramatic shadows (like below). If you are interesting in modelling or participating please get in touch. It would be great to hear from you.


A big thank you to the flower shop, Laura and Suzy - who assisted on the this shoot :)