Engagement shoots – a trend that has once again made its way over the pond and is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK. These aren’t just shoots for couples who are newly engaged, they can take place at any point in the time leading up to your wedding. More & more engaged couples are realising the benefits of having a pre-wedding photoshoot, and they go further than just getting some great photos. Here are a handful of reasons to have an engagement shoot…
1. You’ll get used to being in front of the camera.
Unless you’re a professional model, it can be difficult to feel entirely comfortable with a photographer following you around the entire day. Especially during morning prep where you already may be feeling a slight jittery. An engagement shoot will likely loosen up any nerves you may have about being in front of the lens on your big day – leaving the photographer to easily blend into the background and capture you at your natural best.
2. Become familiar with your photographer.
You’ll have likely already met with or spoken to your photographer over the phone in the time leading up to your wedding – but spending a photography session with them will really help you in getting to know their personality even more. You’ll also become familiar with their shooting style, and the way that may give direction or communicate. This person will be joining you on one of the most intimate & special days of your life – it’s important that you feel comfortable around them. This is much easier when they feel like more of a friend than just a hired supplier. 💖
3. It’s a nice excuse to have a professional photoshoot together in non-wedding gear.
Because when do any of us ever arrange to do something like that with our other half?
4. It makes for a fun day out.
Forget the awkward, white backdrop studios, you can make a real day out with an engagement photoshoot. I’ve had couples go for a dog walk around their favourite park, feed squirrels, sip on hazelnut lattes in a cafe, explore urban graffiti spots in the city centre, have a picnic and even stay at home making homemade brownies.
5. You can use the photos for your invites / to decorate the venue.
Many times now I’ve seen my couples use their photos for invites, have them framed them up around the venue, printed on the order of the day and decorated their wedding website with the loved-up shots.