Well, what can I say about this?
A little bit of backstory. I grew up in Lancashire and spent heaps of time in the Lake District with my family. I moved to Norfolk when I was a child and always looked back to the hills. They somehow make me feel peaceful and safe. Odd, I know, but nevertheless, this place is the one for me. No desert islands, no hot sunny beaches. Give me the fells and the lakes and the rivers any day.
I return to the Lake District as often as I can and with a set of books passed down to me by my late Grandfather, I explore. I made sure my wife loved the fells before I proposed to her. We climbed to the top of Helvellyn via Striding edge where I got down on one knee. Even our Son is named after my favourite mountain there. When my wedding competition winners, Bella and Dexter said they wanted to shoot their pre-wedding session in the Lakes I was stoked! Like 'Dream come true' stoked.
A Lake District Engagement shoot.
Enough of my ramblings, on with the shoot. Bella and Dexter met me in Langdale, a little piece of history and heaven wrapped up in one valley. History because of climbers and Everest and more on that here. Heaven because, well, you'll see below and also in my next post. Bella and Dexter met me in the Old Dungeon Ghyll climber bar. We chatted through their wedding, had some lovely beer and sorted a route to walk for their photos.
After beers and lot of laughs/wedding chat, we hopped in my car and made our way up a small pass to Blea Tarn. This is a gorgeous spot, a small, wild Tarn flanked by fells with a very famous view. We parked up and made for the water. There and back again with a wander on the hills and that was that. I wish I could shoot up here more, it's a home from home and an incredible place to be and I am beyond grateful my job allows me such adventures.
I am not an academic man and my writing skills are ropey at best so I will leave you with the photos. If you want to read a thorough and infinitely more charming account of this place, Wainwright is your man. In the meantime, enjoy the view.
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