Why have an engagement shoot?

Apr 26, 2018 | ENGAGEMENTS, 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.

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! 🙂

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! 😉

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.


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