A couple stands on a small wooden boat, surrounded by autumn foliage reflecting off a calm lake, creating a peaceful, romantic setting.


The pre-wedding shoot of Neil and Sarah at Decoy Park, Newton Abbot, Devon.

When Sarah and Neil originally came to me one of the first things we talked about was their engagement shoot.  Prior to the shoot, in the planning meeting, I had asked her and her fiancé to find about 10 engagement picture ideas from Pinterest that they loved and tell me why they loved them. When they presented the pictures to me it was very easy to see the sort of photographs that appealed to them as a couple. They were drawn to images that depicted nature. They were looking for engagement ideas coupled with artist images that would make her engagement photos stand out from the rest but include aspects that they loved so much such as reflections.

So when it came to the choice of location for the photo shoot there was only one real choice. When planning a pre-wedding shoot I always ask my couples to try and think of a place for their engagement photos that has real meaning for them and ideally is very different from the wedding venue location. This provides the couple with different imagery and allows me to really personalise the photos to reflect their personalities. For Sarah and Neil the place they choose was Decoy Park in Newton Abbot as this is where they first started dating. Now many years on and a few children later it seemed like the perfect place to celebrate this important milestone in announcing their engagement to the world.

Congraulations guys, can’t wait to photograph your wedding. x

About Helen Chapman Photography

My philosophy:

“To provide excellence by placing YOU, Your dreams, Your wants, Your needs in the heart of everything I do”.

“To create beautifully, naturally, authentic, fun, romantic heirloom photography, that YOU are guaranteed to love and that will be cherished by future generations to come”.

“To provide YOU with a truly exceptional service through following my core beliefs of honesty, fairness, integrity, determination and creativity.”

I have been helping couples plan their weddings in the stunning natural landscape of the Devon countryside, rugged moorland of Dartmoor and spectacular seascape of the coastline of Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall for years and I’m using that experience and relationship with a great network of wedding vendors to help you plan your special wedding day. Why not take a look at my Client resources pages & Check my availability for your wedding and book a call today.