Anniversary Session | West Dorset Coast

Joni and George celebrated 4 years of marriage with this anniversary session – a collection of fine art film images.

They have always loved to take a break together along the coast in West Dorset – a chance to get away and spend some quiet time together.  It was almost as if they were retracing old footsteps in the sand as they wandered by the waves, talking together about these first years of their marriage, and their precious young daughter.

The coast is a great place to go for an engagement shoot or an anniversary session, especially if you can easily access both the cliffs above and the beach below.  This kind of location offers both variety as well as beauty, drama and romance. I love to shoot at the coast whenever I have the chance!

Although there had been sunshine all day, banks of cloud rolled in off the sea as we began the shoot, creating some spectacular skies over the distant cliffs as the sun shone through, and a maritime feel to the images as the blue-green light bounced around us. This too provided a reflection of their marriage: it’s certainly not always sunny in such a close and demanding relationship and cloudy weather is all part of the package, yet that too is beautiful in its own way.

I believe that the actual process of the shoot – taking the time out, carrying a bouquet, reflecting on the exchange of rings to name just a few aspects – this process is in itself an encouragement to a couple, and an affirmation of their commitment.  Grounded in the day-to-day reality of marriage, this celebration is so much more poignant than the original wedding.

For this reason I absolutely love these sessions and the images they produce, which declare to the world, “I still do.”.

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