I flew down to Barbados over Christmas to capture Georgie & Ray’s wedding, and we booked their engagement session a few days after I arrived so we could spend some time visiting and chatting about their upcoming big day. I normally spend some time planning engagement sessions with the couples I shoot, but Georgie & Ray planned their own shoot and it was a complete surprise for me. After taking a walk around the wedding location, we piled into their old Subaru and set off across the island to a surprise collection of Ray’s favourite surf locations and Georgie’s favourite hiking spots.
We drove over the island on narrow roads snaking through sugar cane fields, bumped across grass tracks traversing pastures of grazing cows, and invariably ended up at cliff edges overlooking the ocean. We explored the cliff sides and sea shores, got covered in salt spray from blow holes and crashing waves, and I learned more about the life they were building together in picturesque Barbados. If I wasn’t sold on the concept of island life already, I would have been an easy convert after exploring around with these two talking about sunrise surf sessions and sunset cliff hikes.
To finish of our shoot, they took me to the new home they had just finished building up on a hill with views over half the island. They can sit on the balcony of their sweet yellow house and watch the sun go down over the ocean every night. The garden was filled with young plants Ray had been growing, and the inside of the house was filled decorated with art created by Georgie and her family.
I wish I could photograph this engagement session over and over again. Enjoy. :)