Helen Cotton Photography

Cheshire & Staffordshire Wedding Photographers

Autumn Photoshoots - Alderley Edge

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We've had a great few weeks doing Autumn photoshoots, we've not been able to give too many sneaky peaks as of course we have a lot that are for Christmas presents :) 

However, we've managed to get a few preview images to show you what we've been up to. Here is some of Katy and her beautiful family at a National Trust location - The Wizard Walk (the Edge) in Alderley Edge - we'd not been to the location before and it was stunning, it was helped with a fantastic day of sunshine.

Hope you enjoyed the preview as much as we've enjoyed the photoshoot.
Don't forget there is still time to book in for location photoshoots if you're wanting the pictures before Christmas, just contact us info@helencottonphotography.co.uk or 07806559428
Thanks again
Helen & Nick

Why Engagement Photoshoots Are Important?

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As photographers when we got married in 2014 we felt it was a MUST to have an engagement photoshoot. We know how to work behind the camera but we were not sure how we'd look together in front of the camera :)

We meet a lot of couples who also say they don't feel confident in front of the camera, which is natural and to be expected. An engagement shoot is an opportunity to help you & your partner feel assured that your photographs will look fantastic on your wedding day. It's a great way to get to know your photographers better and take away your photograph stage fright! When we're done you've got another set of pics to remind yourselves of the excitement of your wedding preparations!

Here are 6 good reasons why an engagement will enhance your wedding experience:

1 - FUN
Have fun, it's a great opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself! It's a few hours with just you and your partner to have giggles and spend time alone together.

2 - Get to know your Photographer(s)
It's a great way to get to know us and for us to get to know you. You'll be spending a lot of time with us on your wedding day and we'll be there for you whenever you need us. We can discover which poses you feel comfortable with or that you've seen and would like to try.


3 - De-stress
Planning a wedding can be pretty stressful - we know, we've been there - an engagement shoot helps you to feel confident about the photographs on the day, giving you that extra trust in your photographers. It's also a great reminder of the planning and lead up to the big day, these images will give you chance to look back and reflect on the happy times you had leading up to the big day. 

4 - Special Place
Your wedding day goes by soooo fast, people will tell you this all the time and I'm afraid it's so very true.  Why not chose somewhere special to you both to have the engagement photographs taken at? Where you perhaps got engaged? Where you met? Or even at the wedding venue but in a different season, so you will know where you like the photographs in preparation for the day too. These are relaxed and casual style images, which can be shown by what you wear on the day or perhaps take with you props that mean something to wedding day. It's part of a chapter to the preparation of the big day!

5 - Guest Book
We turned our photographs from the engagement shoot into a little book which people could then sign on the wedding day, a guest book. You may get some fun comments and lovely heartfelt words from your family and friends.


6 - Reflect
You spend most of your wedding day with your photographers, we help you with lasting memories of that special day. Our style is very relaxed so we do take you off to be alone to reflect on the day and have time for each other. The engagement photographs would be done in a similar style so it's time for you to have fun and be together and show you how great you both look!!

So with every wedding booked in 2017 we will be giving away a free engagement photoshoot! But get in touch soon as there isn't much time left of this year :)

Helen & Nick


Wedding Photography through the Seasons

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I love Autumn time for photographs, the light is perfect and the leaves look amazing! 
Despite my love for this time of year we decided to get married in April, to be precise 04/04/2014 - easy to remember for him! Nick loves spring time, longer days and evenings and we wanted to make the most out of the daylight with having lots of photographs :)
So what time of year did you get married at? Was it because the date was significant to you? Or did the time of year matter to you?
It's one of the first things you think about when you start planning the big day. Sometimes you have to think about work and booking it on a day that works around work. However a lot of the time when we speak to our clients they pick it because of the time of year, despite the fact that we live in the UK and the weather is so unpredictable :) After seeing the weather around the world the past few weeks we are feeling very lucky to have our good old British weather to be honest.
We decided to put together a few notes, and of course photographs, of our 4 Great British Seasons in wedding photography.


It's a lovely time of year when the light comes in and everything is starting to grow and bloom! You're more likely to be one of the first weddings of the year so everyone is going to be excited.


Bright sunlight shining down on everyone for a full day and long evenings. Garden parties, marquee & tipi weddings are perfect for this season.
Sometimes the light can be quite bright and as photographers we need to work around making sure the bridal party aren't put in locations that can create an uncomfortable light. We can work around this though and have some fun with shadows!


Crisp leaves underfoot, some trees are bare but others flurish with rustic foliage. The llight is different and not too harsh so you get amazing shadows that can create some unusual imagery. Sometimes muted in colours at this time of year can be a great influence on your own colour schemes for the big day.



Cosy inside weddings, lots of mulled wine is surely a must! It's a great time to get in to the festive spirit by having a wedding beforehand. When it comes to winter it's not rain you need to consider so much but just being pretty chilly, which most of the weddings we've photographed at they've considered this and the venue usually has great locations inside to take photographs. The light is much shorter in winter so you have to think about the time of day you'll be getting married at and making sure you do get enough light to get a few shots outside. Some great night shots with lights are always fun though!

If you have any further questions about wedding photography then we'd love to help, we hope you've enjoyed the write up and look forward to hearing your wedding plans soon :)
Much love
Helen & Nick