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Roisin and Bradley…the prom King and Queen

 

It’s obvious if you are your schools prom King and Queen, that you should eventually get married. I’m too old to know how you become a prom King and Queen but I am sure it must be based on love…or something like that. I’ve never photographed royalty before, let alone members of the royal family in an intimate engagement shoot. So you can imagine what a treat it was for me to photograph Queen Rosin and King Bradley. They may not be actual members of the royal family but they are the closest I am getting to for a while so I thought it was only right and proper to have a royal setting for the occasion. I live in the beautiful Kent countryside in Throwley near Faversham, where most of the farmland around is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. So what better place for a photo shoot than an old cow shed, once owned by the future King of England! Now owned by my lovely neighbours Alison and Tim who kindly let us throw paint powder up their walls.

 

I like to mix my engagement shoots up a little these days, getting away from my usual style of documentary photography. If the truth be told I hate engagement photography, it’s contrived and boring and as soon as the wedding pictures arrive, these images are confined to the draw or worse still on a USB in the draw, what a waste of time and effort. This is why I give my couples a little something extra and creative. The intimate shots below could easily adorn the cover of a glossy magazine or Hugo Boss campaign (if I do say so myself). I want Roisin and Bradley to love these images forever and keep them on their walls, not in the draw. Of course its also good to have a little fun and that is where the holi powder comes in…who doesn’t like throwing paint at each other right?

 

I’d love to photograph some more intimate sessions, so whether you are about to get married or just fancy a photo shoot down on the farm with your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife give me a shout, and don’t forget to check out more of my work on my blogFacebook, Instagram and Vimeo pages.

An engaged couple waiting patiently for the engagement shoot to start
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Bradley hold Roisin in his arms during their engagement shoot
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Raisin looks at Bradley intensely during their engagement shoot in Throwley Kent
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A coupel kiss during a photo shoot, the engagement ring proudly on display
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Photographer Simon Hawkins sees things in different ways to others, he photographs pictures of peoples Converse during engagement shoots
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Bradley stares at the camera during his engagement shoot
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A couple rest their heads together seductively during a photoshoot
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Engaged couple Bradley and Roisin stare lovingly at each other during their engagement shoot
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Photograph by Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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A girl wearing jean shorts photographed from behind
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A girl teases her fiancee before they kiss
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A couple laugh during their engagement shoot
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Bradley and Roisin holding hands and laughing
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…and the fun begins!

An engaged couple hold out one hand each with red and yellow paint powder in
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The holi powder fight is about to start between a couple on their engagement shoot
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Bradley throws a green handful of holi powder at Roisin
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An engaged couple get close during a holi powder paint shoot
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Bradley gets ultra competitive during the holi powder shoot with Roisin
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Pink powder is thrown into Bradley's face during a holi powder engagement shoot
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A couple start to get covered in holi powder during the fight
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Raisin looks down to see how covered in holi powder she is during her engagement shoot with Bradley photographed by Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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A couple throw colourful paint powder at each other during a photo shoot
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Raisin looks to get even with Bradley during their paint powder photo shoot on a farm in Throwley in Kent with Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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Bradley holds Roisin as they mess about during their engagement shoot
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Bradley covers Roisin's face with red and blue holi powder
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Roisin collects up some holi powder in the old cow shed in Throwley
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A couple jumping at the same time to throw holi powder at each other in a cow shed
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Roisin ducks under a cloud of yellow and blue holi powder
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A coupe launch yellow and green holi powder at each other
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Roisin and Bradley kiss at the end of their enagagement shoot in an old cow shed with Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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