Engagement shoots

So you’re engaged and getting married. Whoop! Whoop!


You’re doing your planning. There’s so many things to think about. Some things are fun and some perhaps not so much.


And then whether it’s included in your wedding package or not, you start thinking about your engagement shoot. Should you have one? Why? Isn’t it just an American thing?


The idea of posing for the camera in a public and sometimes even crowd-filled place sounds cheesy and maybe even a little embarrassing. You might feel that you’re unphotogenic, that you’re awkward as soon as a camera lens is pointed at you, or that you just don’t look good in photos together?




Why should you have an engagement shoot?


Ok, so it’s true. The habit of having a pre-wedding shoot in preparation for your wedding photography does originate in the US. BUT…


There’s a reason why engagement shoots are getting increasingly popular with couples everywhere. Ok, maybe even a few.


Having an engagement shoot does get you out of your comfort zone, but I promise, 10 minutes into your pre-wedding shoot you’ll get used to it and relax and even (dare I say it) enjoy it by the end of it.


You’ll spend an hour or so walking, holding hands, chatting, cuddling and kissing. There’s really not much more to it than that. You’ll also be used to being in front of the camera, be comfortable with the way your photographer communicates with you, what they look for in terms of backgrounds, locations or light; how they position you and how long taking photos of you as a couple actually takes.


At the end of it, you will have had a date with your favourite person, without distractions of phones, computers, work, wedding planning or just life in general and after a couple of weeks, you will also receive a nice little set of photographs.


 Your engagement shoot is the dry run for your couple session on your wedding day.

Call it the rehearsal dinner of your wedding photography.


Sounds cheesy, right?


But this is where the skill of your fabulous photographer (yup, that’s me 🙂 ) comes into it. If you’ve chosen your photographer well (and if you’ve had a look through my photographs and you’re thinking about booking me or you already have, then you know you have) then your photographer will capture you looking relaxed, happy and like you’re having a good time.


As your wedding photographer I’ll seek out the best ‘poses’ to direct you into that still look natural, real and relaxed.


I’ll find the best angles to photograph you at, so that on your day your photos are flattering and gorgeous.


I can’t make you have an engagement shoot.


It’s absolutely your choice.


But I think the most important reason to have a pre-wedding shoot is because it builds trust between us as we get to know each other better.


The more I know you and the more you trust me and are willing to do, the better, more unique and beautiful your final set of wedding images will be.


It really is as simple as that.


So is that it then? Is there stuff I should bring or do in preparation of our engagement shoot?


On this page you’ll find lots of tips for your pre-wedding shoot and how to make the most of it. I also share previous engagement shoots with you if you’re looking for inspiration.


Engagement shoot tips



Engagement shoot favourites


Pre-wedding shoot portfolio


Engaged Couple lying down on the ground looking up at the camera through cherry blossoms at St Julians Club

Kent Downs romantic relaxed engagement shoot

Are you thinking about possible engagement shoot locations? It can be a toughie, right?   There are so manyView full post »

Couple goofing around at Farnham Castle Keep at their tweed + petticoats pre-wedding shoot by natural alternative wedding photographer Maria Assia Photography

Farnham Castle Tweed & Petticoats pre-wedding shoot

When it comes to outfits, I have a bit of a soft spot for tweed and petticoats. I think they go so well together andView full post »

St Paul

London wedding photographer – Southbank pre-wedding shoot

As a London Wedding Photographer, I love a good challenge and Jo and Frisco really delivered. When they contacted me,View full post »

Harmunn & Harmeet - engagement shoot

Kent wedding photographer – Pre-wedding shoot – Harmunn & Harmeet

Just a week ago, I had the pleasure of taking these beautiful engagement photographs for Harmunn and Harmeet, a coupleView full post »

Couple sitting in a field on their Bulgarian Black Sea evening pre wedding shoot

Bulgarian Black Sea Evening Pre Wedding Shoot

As a wedding photographer in Kent and the South East of the UK, I’m always excited to do shoots in new locations.View full post »

A Hastings pre-wedding shoot – Engagement photo shoot at dawn

A very chilly dawn pre-wedding shoot in Hastings   I love it when my couples are adventurous and come upView full post »

Lise Mia & Søren – Pre-wedding shoot – Copenhagen Wedding Photographer

Destination pre-wedding shoots and weddings are always very exciting! They often offer a very different look and feel,View full post »

Kent pre wedding photo shoot photographer

National Trust engagement photo shoot – Knole Park – Patricia & Derek

A National Trust engagement photo shoot at Knole Park in Kent   This is an oldie but a goodie. AView full post »

Pre wedding shoot in Greenwich foot tunnel

London pre wedding shoot – Greenwich Park & Greenwich Tunnel

A London pre wedding shoot in glorious Greenwich As far as London pre wedding shoot locations go, Greenwich, andView full post »

Creative flash Oxford pre wedding photo shoot under Harry Potter

Oxford pre wedding photo shoot – New College – Laura & Andy

 Oxford pre wedding photo shoot – An engagement shoot with a twist   When Laura, Andy and I first startedView full post »

Bowood House engagement photoshoot

Bowood House engagement photo shoot – Gemma & Matt

Bowood House – A well kept secret in Wiltshire   I love shooting at new locations so when Gemma suggestedView full post »

Beach engagement couple session – Kemi & Mike

Hitting the Sandbanks beach in Poole   When I first met Kemi and Mike they already knew where they wanted to haveView full post »

Eynsford Castle – Engagement shoot – Verity & Chris

Eynsford Castle – a hidden gem Eynsford Castle is a little known 11th century ruin, hidden away from theView full post »

Man and woman holding hands at their pre-wedding photo shoot at Pembroke Lodge

Pembroke Lodge Winter Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

Pembroke Lodge winter Pre-wedding photo shoot venue that doesn’t disappoint   Kate, Martin and I met justView full post »

Man and woman standing at the top of a winding staircase at Hurst Castle, Creative engagement photos

Creative Engagement Photos – Hurst Castle – Tammie & Andy

Hurst Castle – the perfect place for Creative Engagement Photos   I am always excited about quirky andView full post »


If you’re ready to book your pre-wedding shoot or you have questions about your engagement shoot, get in touch and let’s get you booked in!