YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
Let us have a look how your pre-wedding shoot works
An engagement shoot is traditionally an opportunity to take a set of photographs to be used to announce your engagement to the world. It’s quite an American tradition and is now becoming more and more popular in the UK. As with wedding photography in general, the move to digital photography has encouraged a more creative approach to engagement photography, and a move to location sessions rather than the studio.
True Blend Of Relaxed Creative Portraits
At the end of the shoot we know each other a bit better, you have a collection of images that will make your friends jealous, and I know how best to shoot you on your wedding day.
Q1: When is the best time to have our pre-wedding shoot?
A: The engagement shoot usually takes place 1-2 months before the wedding or, if it’s at all possible, between April and September when the weather is a bit more likely to be right! Winter shoots can be good fun as well, but we just need to wrap up a little bit more. I find that the closer to the wedding, the more I can remember what you are like as a couple, and the fresher everything is in your mind. People often say the engagement shoot signals the start of the proper countdown to the wedding!
Q2: Where will the pre-wedding shoot take place?
A: You’ll need to decide where you’d like to have your engagement shoot. My advice to couples is to look through my blog as there are loads of examples of shoot locations and try to work out the general area of the shoot – and by that I usually mean do you want to shoot in an urban environment, a rural location, or by the sea? Perhaps there is somewhere special you both like. I have lots of ideas for places, but want to be pointed in the right direction by you first!
Q3: What happens on the day?
A: When we arrive on the location, we’ll just go for a wander, and when something catches my eye (you’ll probably be shocked at the things that do catch my eye!), we stop and shoot a few shots. I’m quite a fast photographer, and after a few shots, we’ll move on somewhere else. Don’t worry about having to walk too far. Usually, the next thing that catches my eye is right around the corner.
Q4: What do we wear on the day?
A: My advice for this is to wear something smart – as if you were going out on a reasonably posh date – but on the funky side of formal as well. If you want to mix it up, then bring along a second, more casual outfit as well. We can quickly do two looks!
Remember The Moment
Pre-wedding sessions are an integral part of the relationship building process with my couples, and for that reason, I will never remove it from any of my collections. Couples shoot for those already married or have not decided on a wedding date but would still like to capture the moment are available.