The Brecon Beacons

A few weekends ago we went to the Brecon Beacons with Millie & Jo of Millie Benbow Photography for our engagement shoot.


I had decided fairly early on that I did wanted to have one, partly because I knew it would help Karl and I feel more comfortable in front of the camera on the day itself, and partly because I was really keen to get some photographs of us ‘as we are’ most of the time. I was so pleased when during our first Skype call, Millie & Jo said that they would love to do a ‘wild’ shoot somewhere, as I felt it would suit us so well. It didn’t take us long to decide on the Brecon Beacons. We are probably both at our happiest in the wilderness, with mountains and rivers framing the horizon. It also, of course, meant that Martha could come along too.


We stayed at the Felin Fach Griffin, which was really lovely and the perfect location. We shared a wonderful supper with Millie & Jo on the Saturday evening, before getting an early night for our planned 4.30am start! We wanted to catch the early morning light and mist in the valley, and we were certainly rewarded for our eagerness. The weather perfect for the whole day; atmospheric in the morning and filled with soft afternoon sunlight as the day went on.

The day was so wonderful, filled with such genuine laughter and conversation, that I almost forgot sometimes that they were stealing shots of us as we ambled along. They showed us a few previews on the back of their camera screen throughout the day, so I already knew they had done well, but I still didn’t realise quite how fantastic they were.


We are now in possession of the full set, and I am thrilled. Looking through them, a quote came into my mind which I heard a few years ago:

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

Brecon-Beacons-sunrise-couple-shoot-327This seems relevant already, as the photographs brought each feeling of the day back to me in vivid detail. But I’m sure it will be a photo set that we look back on for years from now, and those feelings will be all the more pronounced as time passes, and the nostalgia builds.

It was so hard to narrow them down, so here are quite a few…

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Last week, Karl & I went to Cornwall. I was expecting a lovely, relaxed week of windy beaches and salty coastal walks. I was looking forward to organising some of our travelling photos, reminiscing and reading lots of books.

In the spirit of this, Karl suggested that we should watch the sunrise one morning, to remind us of all our adventures in our year away that began in the same way.

Whilst we were away, our best adventures always seemed to begin with the sunrise. We saw the sun rise above beaches in Vietnam, the temples in Angkor Wat, the mountains of New Zealand. On the flooded salt flats of Bolivia we watched the sky turn from inky black and flecked with stars to pinks and purples and reds as the sun rose into the sky, reflected on the ground below us. We saw it rise before descending on a hike deep into the Grand Canyon. Every morning in Patagonia we woke before the sun and set out on our way as it cast a flood of red through the mountains.

So, Karl persuaded me out of bed early on Thursday morning, and drove me to a coastal path. The twilight sky was completely clear and we could tell that it was going to be a beautiful day. We walked along the path until we found a spot looking out over the sea to the lightest point in the sky.

Karl had brought a picnic blanket in his backpack, so we laid it out and he said he was going to set the camera up on the tripod and the timer to get a photograph of us looking out at the view, just like the ones we have from our travels. I had no idea that he had set the camera to record, but I’m so glad he managed to capture the incredible moments that followed. Karl got down on one knee, and asked me to join him on the greatest adventure of all.

I of course said yes, and we enjoyed a beautiful and blissful rest of the week. Here are some moments from the week.

Adventures include: The Eden Project, St. Ives, Watergate Bay & Gorran Haven.