Wedding Photography Top Tips – All about Engagement Shoots
There’s a good chance that up to this point you have never had professional photos taken (with the exception of the ones you had at school). So when it comes to planning your wedding it’s normally the first time you will be in front of a camera for a prolonged period of time, and that can be daunting.
Not knowing what to expect can bring thoughts of being made to do cheesy poses or feeling daft or uncomfortable. You may have worries that you won’t look good, or you won’t know what to do. Ill let you into a little secret… I am not comfortable in front of a camera either! I pull silly faces to hide the embarrasment and am convinced I’m the least photogenic person in the world… so I totally understand.
Because I understand that feeling, I work in a particular way that helps you to feel less intimidated. There are no poses that will make you cringe, there are no forced smiles to the camera. There is chatting, laughing, walking hand in hand, some cuddles (the two of you, not me and you…unless you want to of course!)
We can choose a location that you love or that has some sort of meaning, or it can simply be somewhere that offers great spots for photos. It’s a time and opportunity for me to get to know you as a couple and for you to see how I work. There is no pressure at all and it’s a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera, especially if you’re a little camera shy. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get some natural and relaxed photos that reflect the two of you. If you have children you can bring them along and make it a family experience.
You may love the idea of an engagement shoot or you may think that the idea of spending more time in front of a camera is like torture. Either way, there are great benefits to having an engagement or pre wedding photo shoot.
Do we need to have an engagement shoot?
There is no pressure to book an engagement shoot as I appreciate it isn’t for everyone, which is why they aren’t included as standard in my wedding photography package. For couples who do choose to have an engagement shoot you will find that on the wedding day some of the fear and nerves about being photographed have gone, as you know what to expect.
On the wedding day time can be tight for photos, so having done an engagement shoot can mean that we can leap into the photos a little quicker and you will relax into it straight away. I will have had a chance to see how you are in front of the camera so can guide you a little more quickly to capture those perfect relaxed and natural photos. The other reason to consider having a pre wedding shoot is to celebrate the special time that is your engagement. It can fly by in a flash of wedding planning, so having a reason to take some time out together and have photographs taken is a great excuse.
Ultimately the choice is yours, so only add one if you feel you would benefit from it or really love the idea of having an engagement shoot.
When & where to do an engagement shoot?
There is no right or wrong time of the year to have an engagement shoot. It’s useful to have it at least a couple of months before the wedding. I would recommend choosing a Season you love, as the starting point. For me, through the main busy wedding season (April to October) engagement shoots need to be taken on a week day. This is a great reason to have a day off work together and after the shoot go for a lovely lunch or romantic dinner. I offer a special rate to my wedding clients and this includes the high res images from the session, all ready to print and share.
I am happy to help you choose a location for the shoot if you aren’t sure. Often it can be somewhere that has special meaning to you, or somewhere you love to visit. The time of year can direct the choice of location sometimes too.
Here are a few engagement shoots to have a browse through, to get a better idea of what it’s all about!
If you want to find out more or add an engagement shoot to your package get in touch and let me know.
Thanks for popping by.