Engagement shoot locations

Engagement shoot locations

My favourite engagement shoot locations around Hertfordshire and beyond.

In my previous post, I talked about what an engagement/ pre-shot is and what to expect. Today I will be sharing some of my favourite locations around Hertfordshire. Spoiler alert! At the end of this post, you might find yourself in a car on your way to one of them. Don’t ever say I didn’t warn you!

Whether you would like to have a chilled and romantic stroll in the woods, explore beautiful gardens or enjoy cityscapes, I’m sure this will cater for all of those and beyond.

Stoke Poges memorial gardens

One of the most stunning parks on the border of Hertfordshire. The grounds are in full bloom from March, when the cherry trees bloom, to the end of May to see the purple wisteria. Stoke Poges memorial gardens feature water components, an extraordinary colonnade, rose garden, woodland, rock garden, etc. It also looks fabulous in the autumn with golden leaves falling from the trees.No doubt it is breathtaking, but you need to remember that if you would like it to be your engagement location, remember that there is a fee of £50 to be paid before our shoot, or we will be chucked out (literally!)

Hampstead Heath Pergola

Located on the outskirts of London and called London’s hidden treasure. Hampstead Heath is another of my to-go location for engagement, maternity or family shoots. It is equally beautiful all year round. In addition, on its doorstep, there is a woodland trail leading to the Golders Hill Park for a few more fantastic backgrounds!

Virginia Water

Very close to Stoke Poges, with huge grounds, a beautiful lake, and a little luck – fabulous golden hour! This is usually my to-go location because of the variety of backdrops. Also, every time I shoot there, there is always a new thing or two to explore there. This is definitely your spot if you would like to up your steps game for the day. Did i mention that four-legged furred friends are welcome there too? Doesn’t it sound like a win-win?

Your wedding venue

If you would like to do a trial run of photos at your wedding venue like Rachel and Alasdair have at Farnham Hall, an engagement shoot there is the perfect opportunity.

Ashridge Woods

This stunning location is a woodland area to explore. There are a lot of different entrances to the grounds, which offer different sceneries, making sure every shoot is as unique as you are. Apart from the infamous bluebells (blooming from April till May), there are beautiful fallen trees to climb on, hidden viewpoints and more. It’s a perfect location for an engagement and family shoot with or without your four-legged family member(s).

The city of London

If you are in love with the City and are an early bird, this one will be for you. London has a lot to offer with its landmarks and iconic buildings. Think of Big Ben, London Eye, stroll down the Thames with a couple of stops along the way. My only advice here will be to start early. London is a beautiful but busy city. To make the most out of it, be ready to start your day at sunrise.

Cassiobury Park

The most popular park in Watford, Hertfordshire, is also at my doorstep! Very convenient, I know, but that is not the only one of its advantages. There are many lovely open spaces with our infamous waterfall; it’s very close to the canals where we can grab a local coffee at one of the barks and escape to the connected Whippendell woods if it gets crazy busy!

I have shared my favourite engagement shoot locations but this doesn’t mean we cannot go on to a rapeseed or a wheat field. I am always open to suggestions because at the end of the day, I want you to feel comfortable during our time together.

Engagement session at Ashridge Forest

Explore bluebells in the pouring rain! 

Jessica and Adam have met through work. Adam was a firefighter at a station where Jess used to work as a paramedic. If this wasn’t faith, then please tell me what is!

When Adam got in touch with me, announcing his engagement, I couldn’t be happier for them both. They have been together for so long; it was about the time they have finally tied the knot.

We have not exactly been spoiled with the weather for these last couple of weeks. April was full of showers every other day, but it was about the time we have done their engagement shoot. This time we have met at the beautiful Ashridge Forest.

As soon as we have walked into the woodland, I have spotted gorgeous blue flowers, and it suddenly clicked – it’s bluebell season! The whole forest was literally covered in pretty little bluebells, and it was insane! We have walked through already made paths to use these as our backdrop. There is absolutely no need to destroy those fragile flowers. We wanted to respect nature as much as possible.

We couldn’t avoid all those slight showers that April had in the offer, but it was fine! Actually, we have made even better use of it! Instead of whining about how wet everything is, I have asked Jess and Adam to cuddle up under an umbrella, and I took this fab shot with a puddle reflection! That’s an A in creativity right there! Now I can’t wait to share your wedding day with you guys!

This year’s wedding season is super busy with all the 2020 postponements. I’m super happy to confirm I’m fully booked during the summer season but still have availability from November onwards. I am also taking bookings for 2022, so please get in touch! 🙂

Lots of hugs and love x

Harry Potter Studio Tour - Surprise Proposal


7th February 2022

Navdeep first got in touch with me about a week before his planned trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, Watford. He was super nervous but also excited when he told me his plan to propose to his (spoiler alert!) at the time girlfriend Talvinder.

I have waited for Nav and Talv outside the Harry Potter Studio Tour with my boyfriend. We felt a little like special agents since Talvinder didn’t know who we were, but we knew exactly what would happen today. Acting like just another couple on the tour, Matt and I discreetly followed these two through their experience, taking a few selfies in between the sets (how could we not!). I’ve been capturing memories for them during our time at Harry Potter Studio Tour. When arrived at the Platform 9 3/4, Navdeep went down on one knee, and we witnessed the most beautiful and emotional “Yes!”

What She Said...?

... and how she felt after!

It’s been two days now since my partner proposed to me at Harry Potter Studio Tour, and the memories are still as fresh as the second it happened. I’m so grateful to Karolina. Her and her partner have been there to capture the special moment that we can cherish forever.

From the moment we arrived, I didn’t know my partner and Karolina had a secret plan to propose to me in front of the Hogwarts Express and get it all on camera without me knowing. Karolina remained professional throughout the day. She took great care to blend in with everyone else whilst providing creative ways to capture those special moments we spent together.

I can’t show my appreciation enough to have these memories captured most beautifully and creatively. It’s so wonderful to see the talent in every single shot. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for any occasion and even follow for inspiration on social media.

The cute story you shared on Instagram to show the journey was so lovely and didn’t fail to make me smile. It shows how much you care about every single shoot you take part in. You were friendly, professional and made me feel comfortable when I was nervous and embarrassed 🙂
Thank you for helping Nav make the day even more perfect. I wish I could give it more than five stars! THANK YOU!

Garden surprise proposal!

The best thing to hold in life is each other – surprise engagement!

I love all the good things that happen in life unexpected. Nish has said to me that she did not expect this evening to end the way it did! At all! Wedding planner Lucie Ann and Wa Carr & Son helped Akshay transfer his ideas into the real-life plan. Akshay had this image in this mind where he proposes at this family home in the back garden. It would be full of fairy lights, and they would be sipping champagne celebrating their engagement. To make this plus more, Wa Carr & Son have provided them stunning 4ft letters in the garden saying “Marry me”, filled the back yard with fairy lights and helped decor the inside, just if the weather does its own thing.

Marry  Me

I think it was just my luck to have a rainy evening at the end of August. Never the less it was still warm and charing. Because Akshay was a tiny bit nervous (we all knew she would say yes!!), he asked me to wait outside until after he pops the question. As I have walked back to the house, all I saw was the two happiest faces on the planet and one very sparkly ring on a finger! SHE SAID YES!! I couldn’t be happier for them. We took a few snaps inside where Akshay got down on his knee again and posed the engagement, but I felt like we could do more. I have asked the lovebirds if they were bold enough to brave the weather for a couple of shots outside. Of course, they were more than happy to immortalize this extraordinary moment. I’m super glad they did because the images we got outside were INCREDIBLE!

To top this exceptional evening, after I came home, I found out that I have achieved the National Highly Commended Wedding Photographer Award 2020 from The Wedding Business Awards. All I can say is that this evening was super fun and phenomenal!

My diary is getting super busy for 2021 with limited availability, and I am also taking bookings for 2022. If you are planning a wedding or looking for a photographer who will make ninja moves during your engagement photos, please do not hesitate to contact me. Karolina x

Hampstead Heath Pergola Pre Shoot

Hampstead Heath Pergola E-Session

Giggles, laughs and piggy bags at Hampstead Heath Pergola! 

I’ve known Lukasz ever since we went to school together (shout out to everyone who went to Bushey Hall School, aka The Bushey Academy! ), and when he asked me to do his and Kasia’s engagement photos, I couldn’t say no! We have met on a beautiful, sunny day in July and drove together to Hampstead Heath Pergola to discover the most wonderful grounds London has to offer!

This session at Hampstead Heath Pergola was full of cosy cuddles, cheeky kisses and few swirls to practice their dancing moves! Let’s not forget about the laughs we had together while getting on with the piggy bags and all that! Honestly, I’m quite surprised Lukasz didn’t come up with making the Dirty Dancing lifting move as this is something that would generally come up with, haha!Now, I know the pandemic has changed everyone’s plans, but I know they are still planning their wedding to take place in Poland, which I am absolutely thrilled about! I can’t wait to capture them saying their I do’s soon!

If you are planning a wedding or are interested in having your couple photos done at Hampstead Heath Pergola or anywhere else, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am taking bookings for 2022 and still have limited dates available for 2021.

Lots of love, Karolina x

Karolina x

Pre-shoot at Alexandra Palace with Claudia and Dan

Giggles, laughs and wedding talks.

These are some of the reasons why I love pre-shoots! I’ve met up with Claudia and Dan back in May to go over their planned wedding at Merriscourt.

We were super lucky with the weather considering it has been slightly wet a few days before! All of us had a great time exploring the grounds of Alexandra Palace. It is a famous spot to overlook London, and I think it is not just my opinion.

Claudia and Dan have chosen to have their engagement shoot at Alexandra Palace because it’s so close to their heart. They live within walking distance, they often go up here for a stroll, and even their favourite pub is nearby – what is not to like?

If you are still looking for your photographer to document your most important day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our families loved the engagement shoot photos, they can’t wait to meet you at the wedding

Pre-Shoot at Farnhams Hall

I had such a fantastic time exploring Farnhams Hall with Rachel and Alasdair for their pre-shoot session. They have spent quite some time exploring Japan, and they have decided to book Farnhams Hall for both, their engagement and wedding because it’s gardens reminded them of all the good times and memories! 

The grounds at Farnhams Hall are simply unimaginable! We took our time to take a wander around the venue to show me where their wedding ceremony and reception will be taking place. That was super thoughtful and made it easier for me to navigate on their wedding day! 

We did the pre-shoot in the middle of April, and we were actually surprised with the 30 degrees heatwave! We took a stroll down the gardens. The grounds amazed us with two beautiful bridges, Japanese Garden pilgrimage and tea house and lots more! We spent quite a while wandering this beautiful place and outlining where we would go on their wedding day.

It’s going to be the most beautiful wedding at Farnhams Hall!

If you are still looking for your photographer to document your wedding day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or via my email karolina@kayzieba.co.uk . I look forward to hearing all about your wedding plans and ideas! 

Pre-shoot – What to expect?

To begin with, let me tell you how much I adore pre-shoot sessions!

Before we get to get out there, I usually offer to grab a coffee (if available) in the nearest coffee shop around your chosen location. 

What a pre-shoot actually is? Apart from getting professional photographs of you and your other half, you are also getting the opportunity to get to know me – your third wheel. The person who is going to be with you for the whole day. 

Let’s be honest, it might be awkward at first, but once we get talking and discover a thing or two about each other, we’ll become super comfortable. Think of it like a first date with your photographer, and a few days later you will receive beautiful portraits of you and your fiance.

I aim for you to enjoy your time and have fun! What was the funniest thing you have done together? Maybe you love festivals or funfairs; I would like you to think of that time and help me recreate all the joy you had! So be creative, silly with each other – just be you.

It all sounds great, so when do we book and how do we approach it?

I usually keep pre shoots within 30 minutes from Watford; however, I do not want you to feel limited by it. If you both love Paris and you would have your pre-shoot done over there (or any other places abroad), feel free to tell me about it – I am on board! Or maybe both of you have joined interest or hobby? I’m sure we can arrange everything for you to make the most of it!

What’s the best timeYou can book your pre-shoot as soon as you book your wedding. Any time of the year is excellent for me if it is for you. Autumn and golden leaves are gorgeous, but if you wish for those extraordinary golden hour portraits, then spring/summer are your best friends.

My personal favourite is the golden hour, It is the last hour of the day which gives warmer, softer and more flattering tones of light. I wish I was a magical weatherman. I’d flick my fingers and always have clear skies and perfect sunsets. However, until I gain those skills, we need to use what we are given. If the day is overcast, then the middle of the day will work best for bright light. 

Where do we go: Paris, Barcelona … no country is the limit. Deciding on the scene is very significant, and it should be somewhere that means something to the two of you. The place you met, became engaged, or somewhere totally different. If you love big cities, then London offers a lot of urban and bold locations. We can also go to the beach, a riverside, a village, the woods, a forest, botanical gardens or maybe even a museum. The ideas are endless, so make the most of it!

Bonus! Check out my Pre-Shoot location blog for a bit of inspiration!

What can we do: Smoke bombs, sparkles, balloons, confetti, party poppers, paint powder, space hoppers – whatever comes on your mind! I’ll be more than happy to provide some of those – just please let me know in advance! Let’s not forget about your pets! They are also more than welcome to join us!

What do we wear: Pick something to fit your location and make sure you feel comfortable. Please keep it simple, your outfits should be colourful, but I’d advise staying away from patterns. Complement each other. Pre-shoots are fun, but at the same time, it should be a private and unique encounter. 

To sum it up – just be yourselves!

On the day I want to see the two of you being a couple, I want to see you engaging with each other, your personalities and the love you guys share! I wouldn’t want you so just stare into my lens with cute smiles because those should be shared between the two of you and THIS is what I want to capture! There might be few tips and poses I’ll share with you however I’d love to keep it as relaxed and romantic as possible. I want to capture your emotions and moments you will always remember.

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