Wimpole Estate is managed by the National Trust and located about a 20 minutes’ drive from Cambridge. Hannah Taylor and I were looking for a nice location for a photoshoot, and the Wimpole Estate offer a grand setting. After a bit of googling we found out that photography was allowed and the entrance and cab fare were not too expensive. We arrived just as they opened at 11:00 and stayed until they closed at 17:00, with a lunch break and a dress change in between.
We took our first photos in the Grand Dining Hall. There were volunteers stationed around the floor in different rooms, and the lady in this room was quite encouraging and came with suggestions for poses and told us about the paintings and decorations in the room. For example Queen Victoria stayed for two nights at the estate, and gifted the owner with a copy of a portrait of her which now hangs in the dining hall.
I normally shoot with a 50 mm lens, but since we wanted to include the surroundings and there might not always be enough space to take a few steps back, I had brought with me the wider 35 mm lens as well, which we used for the first part of the photoshoot.
It was almost 17:00 and Wimpole Estate was closing. It had been a great day out, or should I say in. We had bought tickets for both the house and the gardens, but only saw the first. I guess we have to return at some point. Many thanks to Hannah for a great day!