Nish & Tish – Durdle Door

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One Friday in April, I got a call from Sam (Samir Arun Photography) asking me whether I’d like to assist him on a pre-wedding location shoot at picturesque spot he’d found on the Dorset coast. I wasn’t doing anything in particular that weekend and it sounded fun (I’d not done a pre-wedding shoot with Sam before), so agreed to help out. I hadn’t met Nishan & Nitisha, but as we were shooting their civil wedding at Foxhills Manor in May, we thought it would be a nice opportunity for me to get to know them beforehand. My geography isn’t great, but I roughly knew where Dorset was. However, when I actually looked at a map after the call, I got a shock when I realised just how far away from North London we were going to travel!

I got up at about 6:45am and was at Sam’s by 8:00am. Nish & Tish live in South London, and so it took us about another hour and a half to get to their home in Streatham, after which we piled the kit and all four of us into Tish’s (thankfully) roomy Audi for the final leg of our mini adventure.

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth. Its shingle beach is only accessible on foot via a steep path and steps down from a car park located on the cliff top at Durdle Door Holiday Park. It was a beautiful bright sunny day, but there was a bitingly cold wind blowing off the coast and poor Tish was completely frozen in a dress which looked great, but was probably designed to be worn on somewhat warmer days. If that wasn’t bad enough, we even dunked the poor girl in the icy waters of the English Channel for some more ‘artistic’ shots! Needless to say, these guys were super stars all day and willing to try anything to get some good images.

After a rest and a beer in the holiday camp cafe, Nish & Tish got changed into evening ware and we headed back down the cliff path to take some shots as the sun went down. A bit disappointed to discover that the sun doesn’t set over the sea until about mid September, we nevertheless managed to capture the glow as it disappeared over the cliffs. It was quite tempting to go down onto the beach again, but the steps were long and steep and having already tired ourselves out earlier, we contented ourselves with some creative flash photography up on the clifftop in the company of a load of landscape photogs. Nish & Tish attracted quite a lot of attention (as indeed anyone might atop a windswept Dorset cliff looking like they were dressed for some swanky Mayfair club and with a film crew in tow), with lots of people congratulated them on their marriage.

Being by the seaside made us feel like we were on holiday and we all agreed that we would come back another day (when it was warmer) and bring Jayshri and Alisha. Nish & Tish treated us to a pizza dinner at the caravan park bar and then four very tired people started the long journey back to London. Didn’t get home until 3:00am! I’m really glad I went. Nish & Tish were really lovely and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in May. Sam managed to get some great images and was kind enough to let me snap away too when I wasn’t busy holding reflectors or flash guns. Great day with some great memories. :)

Posted bySteve Butler

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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