This is going to be a bit of a long one, so I will say this upfront for those who don’t want to take the time to read the whole thing: Not only was Tom Hodgson an integral part of the happiest day of my life; he enhanced it. Hired initially to candidly capture my proposal, Tom offered to spend the afternoon with my newly acquired fiance` and myself and provide for us an incredible engagement shoot. In my line of work, I’ve dealt with many photographers, and I can confidently say that this is the best experience I’ve ever had with one. If you want to hire a true professional who is affordable and remarkably talented, look no further than Tom Hodgson.
Now, to tell the whole story.
My fiance` and I are from the United States and we had been planning a trip to the UK for some time. Being an enormous fan of Pride and Prejudice, she most certainly wanted to see the Chatsworth House while we were visiting the Peak District. Unbeknownst to her, however, is that I had been planning the trip in order to propose to her on the grounds of Chatsworth.
I knew I wanted the moment immortalized, so I began searching for photographers. I came across Tom’s portfolio through the Peak District’s tourism website and immediately wanted to hire him. I shot him the details, and he agreed.
We spent two weeks corresponding emails back and forth, planning the logistics of the day, and eventually had a Skype session to finalize the details. Once we got to the Big Day, everything went according to plan. Tom and I seamlessly met up, and he was able to secretly follow us to the proposal spot. Once the moment had passed, he revealed himself, and we had the afternoon of a lifetime going around the grounds of Chatsworth and having our engagement shoot done.
Tom, knowing the reason this was happening was because of my fiance`’s love for Pride and Prejudice, brought her a couple different versions of the book to give to her as a memory sake. He also drove us in his van up to Stanage Edge for some beautiful views, shots, and memories. He even drove us back to our bed and breakfast afterwards.
All searches for photography in the Peak District should begin and end with Tom Hodgson. He is a kind, talented professional. My fiance` and I both feel like we have a friend across the pond now; and that is truly special.
Paxton & Bethan