I know everyone loves summer, but I think wedding photographers probably love summer even more than most. The late evening light is just perfect for romantic photographs, and that’s what we had for Kate and Jon’s pre-wedding shoot at Allestree Park in Derby a couple of weeks ago.

Kate suggested Allestree Park as a location for their pre-wedding shoot because Jon proposed there, at the bench featured in a couple of the shots below. How cool is that? Nearly as cool as Jon’s name – and the way he spells it!

I like Allestree park as an engagement shoot location because it has some great variations in scenery. We started off in the woodland that runs around the side of the golf course. I worked with Kate briefly a few years ago, and it was great to catch up with her – she hasn’t changed! It was my first meeting with Jon, but I already liked him because he has a great name. Turned out he was a great guy too – and just loved posing in front of the camera. Ok, that might not be true, but I think the whole shoot was fun and there was certainly a lot of laughing!

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When we’d finished with the woods we walked down to the bench where Jon proposed. Man points for choice of spot – there’s some beautiful views over the golf course and surrounding area.

Once we’d got a few photos there Jon suggested walking down to the lake. It was a fair trek on a warm evening with a bag full of kit, but it was so worth it. Despite having to fight a turf war with some geese for control of the jetty, we managed to get some absolute gorgeous shots across the water. For once water was involved and I didn’t end up getting soaked (unlike at Imogen and Adam’s engagement shoot!), so from my point of view it couldn’t have gone any better!

We walked back up to the cars and then headed to our second location at Kate’s brother’s house, which just happens to be beautiful and look out over Derbyshire fields. Perfect. The sun was finally dipping onto the horizon by the time we finished, and I think Jon had probably used up his patience for posing too!

A pre-wedding shoot at Allestree Park in Derby

A pre-wedding shoot at Allestree Park in Derby

Kate and Jon engagement shoot derby

Kate and Jon engagement shoot derby

Kate and Jon's Derby engagement shoot

Kate and Jon’s Derby engagement shoot

A woodland engagement shoot in Derby

A woodland engagement shoot in Derby

Kate and Jon's pre-wedding shoot Allestree Park

Kate and Jon’s pre-wedding shoot Allestree Park

Romantic engagement shoot Derby

Romantic engagement shoot Derby

Pre-wedding shoot by the lake in Derby

Pre-wedding shoot by the lake in Derby

Pre-wedding shoot Allestree Park lake

Pre-wedding shoot Allestree Park lake

Looking out over the lake in Allestree Park Derby

Looking out over the lake in Allestree Park Derby

Engagement shoot Derby reflections in lake

Engagement shoot Derby reflections in lake

Romantic engagement shoot by the lake in Allestree Park Derby

Romantic engagement shoot by the lake in Allestree Park Derby

Sunset pre-wedding photoshoot Derby

Sunset pre-wedding photoshoot Derby

Derby pre-wedding photoshoot with Kate and Jon

Derby pre-wedding photoshoot with Kate and Jon

Kate and Jon's pre-wedding shoot

Kate and Jon’s pre-wedding shoot

I’m really looking forward to their wedding this summer – not too long to go now! If you like these photos be sure to leave Kate and Jon a message in the comments below.

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