See now, I’m a huge believer that pre-wedding shoots don’t have to just be an awkward hour of forced grins & structured poses in a studio. With a little imagination you can make a super fun day out of it, and get some real natural shots of you & your beau just having a LOVELY time. So here, I want to share with you some of my favourite cute & fun engagement shoot ideas.
1. The Seaside.
Write your names in the sand, take a frisbee, look for pretty shells or dip your toes in & splash about in the water. There’s always simple fun to be had at the beach.
2. A Funfair.
Get cutesy shots on the ferris wheel & carousel, followed by rough & tumble on the dodgems, topped off with a candy floss and/or ice cream treat.
3. A Flower Field.
Beautiful in person & on camera – flower fields always make a wonderful backdrop, whatever the season.
4. At Home.
Because where else are you at your most natural, relaxed best?Why not do some brownie-baking together before relaxing with a couple of cuppas’ on the settee.
5. Under Cherry Blossom.
It’s only around for a couple of weeks at most, but if you’re lucky enough to schedule in your shoot within this time, you won’t be disappointed. Especially when the petals start to fall. Blossom is one of my all time favourite things to photograph.
6. A Café.
Have a cute date out at one of your favourite cafés, or the one you’ve been meaning to go and try out. Bonus points if the café has cakes and board games!
7. Picnic in the Park.
Another simple & cute idea – a walk around the park, snapping lovely shots along the way, followed by treating yourselves to a homemade, personal picnic.
8. Where you had your First Date.
Relive the fond memories of your first date – this time a little older, and a little more in love, with a photographer capturing the moment.
9. Strawberry Picking.
Or any kind of fruit picking! Autumn blackberries… summer apples… take your pick (pun intended).
10. Urban spots around the City.
Hot graffiti spots around the city can make for insanely bright, beautiful & eclectic backdrops.
11. The Countryside.
It’s a classic. Especially nice if going for country walks is something that you & your love ordinarily like to do.
12. At an animal farm / petting zoo.
CUTENESS all around – you’re guaranteed some adorable & fun shots with animals included.
13. An Arcade.
Often filled with neon lights, arcades are aesthetically pleasing and heaps of fun. Enjoy racing each other on Mario Kart before getting worn out on the Dance Dance Revolution machine.
14. A Pumpkin Patch.
Obviously an exclusively autumn-time activity – pumpkin picking is both fun and another beautiful backdrop for photos. Some places even have carving stations so you can get your creations captured too!
Often a more quiet & secluded option – having a walk around woodlands can be a bit of calm fun. Especially beautiful in autumn with the vast array of warm changing colours.