Why have an engagement shoot?

Apr 26, 2018 | TIPS

As you start writing your wedding to-do list, you’ll most likely have ‘find a wedding photographer’ on there. But what about a photographer for your engagement? What is an engagement shoot even, and why would you need one?

If you’re asking those questions, then you’re not alone!

Engagement (or pre-wedding) shoots are a fantastic idea for any couple who think they look terrible in photos or say they hate having their picture taken, and here are some reasons why…

couple being photographed next to a wall

Practice makes perfect

These shoots are a great way to get to know your photographer better as well as get a bit of practice in front of the camera before your big day. And if you’re thinking this means striking cringe-worthy poses, that’s not my style at all so please don’t worry! My approach is relaxed and informal. By gently directing you into natural-looking positions, you’ll end up with some truly beautiful and romantic photographs to remind you of this special and exciting time.

Banish any camera nerves

Designed to put you at your ease and help you banish any camera nerves, these photo sessions are all about having fun and capturing the connection between you. So the more you can mess about and make each other laugh, pull silly faces and sneak a quick kiss, the better! And the result? Lots of beautiful, happy and relaxed photos!

Slow down and re-connect

In the midst of all the craziness of wedding planning, an engagement shoot gives the two of you the perfect opportunity to slow down, re-connect, and just have fun together.

“Lorna was so lovely and friendly, she took the time to chat to us beforehand about the style of photos we were looking for and made us feel at ease throughout the shoot. She has a great relaxed style and we would be more than happy to recommend her to friends and family. Thank you Lorna!”

Frances and Tom

Where should you have your engagement shoot?

I would ask you to choose the location for the shoot, and suggest that ideally it should be somewhere outdoors that you know and love. Why? By choosing a location which brings back happy memories and/or where you usually feel relaxed will give you a great head start to feeling relaxed in front of the camera. To give you some ideas, I’ve had photoshoots in city parks and gardens, cathedral cloisters, museums, Oxford college gardens, in the woods, at a Christmas market, and even at an ice rink! Are you starting to get some ideas? I hope so! 🙂

“Lorna had some great ideas for photography venues in the city. She also helped guide us with our various ‘poses’ but kept everything feeling very natural and relaxed. We both felt very at ease and even found that we were having fun! We really appreciate how we both really just look like ourselves rather than made up or over-posed.”

Laura and Jay

What do you DO in an engagement shoot?

Again, not an uncommon question! Please remember I’m not expecting you to be models. And please don’t be worried if it takes a good 10-20 minutes until you begin to feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera – that’s completely normal. Best not to overthink it. Trust me, it’ll be a walk in the park, which for most engagement shoots it is, both literally and figuratively! 😉

“We had time to relax into it and chat, it was actually like going for a walk with a friend. The whole experience made us feel very special and also more comfortable about the wedding photos! Also, Lorna’s advice before the shoot about how to get ready was really helpful and made us consider our outfits well.”

Claire & Richard

So, have I convinced you to have an engagement shoot yet? I hope so! If you have any questions or want to have a chat about having your own engagement shoot, please drop me a line or give me a call on +44 (0)7871 275 179.

P.S. Want to see more engagement shoot images? Then head over to my couples gallery.

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