Published by Sam, Editor - December 29, 2015

We head off own to the beach today and feature the engagement shoot of Rachel and Shaun at Southsea, Portsmouth captured by wedding photographer Lorraine Claire.

The couple:

It was the last year of university when Rachel met Shaun. Rachel is one is those people who is naturally gifted at sports. She was a member of the university boxing club, which is where she met Shaun. Right from the very beginning they both knew that this relationship was something special. It wasn’t long before Shaun realised he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Rachel.

When Shaun asked Rachel’s father for her hand in marriage, Rachel’s father could do nothing other than happily give his blessing. He could see what anyone who spends a few minutes with them can see, they are made for one another.

On a night out to see the Suicide Girls, Shaun proposed. Rachel knew instantly what her answer would be, but was too shocked and excited to say anything. The seconds seemed to pass like hours but finally Shaun heard the words he longed to hear, ‘YES!’

When I first met Rachel at a wedding fair in Portsmouth, we instantly connected. This was through our mutual love of Lord of The Rings, combined with the fact that Rachel is just so likable! I didn’t meet Shaun until the engagement session, and was so pleased to discover that he is every bit as lovely as Rachel.

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

  • Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

    Engagement Shoot at Southsea, Portsmouth

Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went:

For their engagement session, the shoot started off at a gorgeous beach location in Southsea, Portsmouth. The beach is situated adjacent to where their wedding reception will be at the Royal Marines Museum. For our second location, we went to the beautiful Southsea Rose Gardens. Wow, gardens looked so amazing!

On their wedding day Rachel & Shaun are planning to show their guests just how amazing Portsmouth is. They have organised a walk from the church they are getting married, to the reception venue at the Royal Marines Museum. I must admit until this Engagement session I had no idea just how much Portsmouth and Southsea has to offer, wow.

Do tell us a little bit about yourself:

In 2014 I married my best friend, surrounded by the people I love. My wedding was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be. As a bride I felt special and loved. The entire process was amazing. This is what I want for my couples, for them to feel unique, special and cared for.

My journey into photography started at a young age. During my school art class I was always fascinated with how trends moved and developed over the years. Throughout university I learnt about art, animation, lighting and media. This led me to a career in the television industry. My camera was never far from my side and I found myself more and more drawn back to portraiture. I decided to go with my heart, starting up Lorraine Claire Photography and I couldn’t be happier. I trained with award-winning companies and learnt from some of the best UK and international photographers. I am a strong believer that you never stop learning and that there is always something new and beautiful just around the corner.

How would you describe your photography style?

I would describe my style as having an artistic fine-art yet natural feel. I adore soft tones, and like my photos to resemble a painting. My portraiture has a light feel to it, and I am at my happiest during golden hour when I can really work with the gorgeous light.

What did you love about the day?

During the shoot I loved the way they brought out each-others playful sides. Just being around Rachel & Shaun I couldn’t help but smile. They are such a warm and sweet couple. I absolutely cannot wait for their wedding day. It is going to be something special.



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