We think engagement session photo shoots are wonderful things. Read on to find out why we love pre-wedding shoots and recommend them to all our clients!
Get To Know Your Wedding Photographers
Engagement sessions are a great chance to spend some time with your wedding photographers in a relaxed, informal setting. They are a perfect opportunity for us and you to get to know one another, so that when your big day finally arrives you’ll feel comfortable around your photographers and we won’t feel like strangers. We highly recommend a face to face meeting with your prospective wedding photographers when you’re deciding who to hire, so that when your wedding day comes around we will easily blend in with your other friends and loved ones. An engagement shoot takes that one step further, allowing us to really see what makes you tick and how you are as a couple.
Savour the build up to your wedding
We often find that an engagement shoot can be the moment when the reality of your upcoming wedding truly hits home and it begins to feel real. Our couples often end up feeling much more emotional during the session than they expected to, which is great for us as we get a valuable glimpse into how you’ll interact on your big day.
A great set of engagement shots to share with your family and friends can really help to build a positive buzz around the lead up your wedding. You could use the very best on your wedding invitations, or simply share the set online to give your friends and family a taster of what’s to come.
Above everything else, a good engagement shoot should be a fun experience for you! We keep our shoots natural, lighthearted and focus on capturing the natural romance between you without gimmicks. The idea of having your photo taken might seem very formal and even a little stressful, but we’re here to dispel that notion. A good experience during your engagement session should set your mind at ease; we’ll make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of our cameras so that you can simply have a fun and memorable day, both during the shoot and on your wedding day itself.
We know that not everyone feels comfortable in front of a camera, but when you get caught up in the moment and forget the photographers are there, it makes it much easier for us to capture your real emotions for posterity. An engagement shoot is a great chance to get used to having a pair of photographers shadowing you and will definitely ease any nerves you feel so that you can be totally comfortable and natural on your wedding day!
Capture the memory of a place that’s special to you as a couple
Finally, an engagement shoot is a great opportunity to capture a place that’s special to you both. We recommend heading somewhere that’s meaningful to you, such as the spot where your proposal took place, a favourite walk or the beach you love visiting together. The more comfortable you feel in a place and the more happy memories it holds, the easier it’ll be to capture some wonderful memories on camera.
Example Photoset: Gemma & Jake, Somerset, 2015
Here are some of our favourite photos from Gemma & Jake’s engagement session from the summer of 2015. They chose to take a stroll through the fields surrounding their home in Somerset, taking in a wheat field, an old lock and an apple orchard.
Planning your engagement shoot
Given how unpredictable the British weather can be, an engagement shoot with a flexible date can be a great opportunity to make sure we capture you on a beautiful sunny evening, which will provide a great counterpoint if it does end up raining on your wedding day!