I'm often asked what an engagement shoot is and whether one is necessary - I think lots of people are nervous about the idea of "posing" for photos and don't feel like it will necessarily be something they will enjoy. Well let me tell you - engagement shoots are really fun! Read on to find out why they're a great idea and so worthwhile for both you and your photographer.
An engagement shoot is a brilliant way for you and your wedding photographer to get to know one another in a relaxed environment, with none of the time pressure of a wedding day. Taking the time to have some pictures taken as a couple before your wedding day means that you and your photographer can try out lots of different types of shot. This means that on your wedding day, your photographer can get the best portraits of you in as little time as possible so that you can get back to your friends and family and enjoy your day with minimal intervention.
For my couples an engagement shoot involves meeting up at a pre-agreed location and spending a couple of hours making you feel comfortable with all aspects of having your photo taken.
As I specialise in natural wedding photography, the location is usually outdoors - perhaps a favourite local park, beach or city location.
For many couples the first time they come into contact with a professional photographer is when they are looking for a wedding photographer. Lots of people don't *think* they like having their photo taken, and can therefore feel nervous having a camera following them around all day on their wedding day. If you have any concerns about having your photo taken, the engagement shoot is the perfect way to get some experience being photographed as a couple, and I can show you how much fun it can be, and you'll experience what it'll be like on the day. My priority during the engagement shoot is to make you feel as relaxed as possible by letting you know as much as I can about how I work, what's involved in having your photo taken and why it's nothing to fear! As a natural wedding photographer, it's important to me that you feel comfortable and relaxed with me, so that we can create some beautiful portraits which aren't forced in any way and which show your true personalities.
So, during the shoot we'll chat lots, and I'll snap away in between finding out all about you and how your wedding planning is going (or whatever else we're gassing about!). We'll try out lots of different ideas which will help me to know what works best for you as a couple - this gives you a lovely set of shots and the confidence that on your wedding day we know exactly the kind of portraits you will love. Here's a recent London engagement shoot with the lovely Jade and Ben: