It’s likely that you’ll spend more time with your wedding photographer than with anyone else on your wedding day, including your fiancé! This is one of the many reason’s it is super important to build a rapport with your Wedding photographer, prior to your day. For me this is one of the most important aspects of creating relaxed and natural Wedding images for my couples.
An engagement shoot gives you an opportunity to be photographed without some of the pressures and expectations that can be present on your wedding day. Yes you’ll have a lot of photos on your day, but this is different. Your wedding is the day planned to celebrate your love and commitment with your family and friends, but this shoot is all about you! While the wedding day might flash before your eyes, the engagement shoot can be at a more relaxed pace and allows you to really soak in the time you have together. Also, wouldn’t it be great to have some fab photos of you not in wedding threads? Some clients of mine have even said they preferred their engagement shoot photos to their wedding ones for this very reason! The photos from this shoot are great to use on your save-the-dates, invitations or in a guest book. You can check out an example of how engagement images were turned into a beautiful Wedding guest book here.
WHAT IF I’M CAMERA SHY?
Whether you are camera shy or confident in front of the lens, the engagement shoot will help you become more comfortable while you are being photographed. It can be daunting to have a camera follow you and it’s best to get that anxiety out of the way in advance. Plus your photographer will have so many great posing tips and tricks to make you look fabulous you’ll want to know these in advance of the day!
HAIR + MAKEUP
Some of my clients book in their hair and makeup trial on the day of the engagement shoot. This means you can see how the makeup and hair photographs in different lighting conditions, with time to make tweaks for the wedding if necessary.
An engagement shoot gives you the opportunity to trial different locations and see how they might work on your wedding day. Alternatively, you could go to a place more unusual, or of particular significance to you that is further away than you’d be able to achieve during the tight time-frame of your big day. Maybe you have a favourite time of day, like sunrise, or sunset! Getting great shots at this time on your wedding day might not be possible but an engagement shoot can be anywhere and at any time (within reason ;) !).