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?

So…

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.

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. And if you’re looking for inspiration there’s lots of fab previous engagement shoots to feast your eyes on.

Engagement shoot tips

Engagement shoot portfolio

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!