June 16, 2018

Whitby Engagement by the Sea | Hayley & Rich

Whitby Engagement Session by the Sea

Yorkshire Wedding Photographer 

Donkeys, sand and shoes, oh my!

The Couple:

I shot Hayley and Rich’s wedding in 2017 and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding. But before that, I photographed their Whitby engagement session by the sea. Hayley and Rich met me at their home when I did their consultation earlier in the year, so it wasn’t our first time meeting but it was their first time in front of the camera. Rich is a professional photographer, which made it somewhat nerve-wracking for me, but we still managed to have a lot of fun.

The Location:

Whitby is incredibly beautiful. It is steeped in a history you can feel beneath the cobbles of the streets. St Hilda’s Abbey is like a silent guardian watching over the town as tourists pass under it’s shadow. Whitby is such an old and beautiful town, somewhere any photographer would enjoy shooting. It has special meaning to me as I used to visit there so often as a child. It also had really special meaning for Hayley and Rich too as it is one of the places they often visit together.

We decided to meet at the top of the 199 Steps and made our way long the pier and down onto the beach. We had a little bit of time to spare so we went for a short walk on the North York Moors to finish our Whitby Engagement Session.

The session took place in the day time so the light was pretty harsh as their was very little shade, but as you can see from the photos it works really well.

The Love:

Hayley and Rich love their fitness and in particular their running. They told me all about their competitiveness when we were walking along the beach. I honestly thought they were kidding but then they actually raced one another across the beach before bursting into laughter. Hayley has just given birth to a little boy this month and I can’t wait to see what competitions they all end up in as a family haha.


I grew up close to Whitby and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. As an avid reader, I can’t help but recommend Bram Stoker’s Dracula too. It’s a classic for a reason and set in Whitby. Also If you’re planning on visiting, I recommend staying overnight and taking the time to walk around Whitby itself and also to spend some time on the moors. The views and atmosphere are incredible.

Useful Links:

Whitby Tourist Information

North York Moors Information

Need somewhere to eat? I recommend The Stables at Cross-Butts. You need to book if you’re going in the evening though.

If you would like a Whitby Engagement Session as part of your wedding photography package, get in touch.