Engagement shoot advice. What are they and do I need one?
Engagement shoots have become increasingly popular over the last few years. We began offering them in 2012 and since this time, their popularity has continued to grow. Initially many couples are unsure about whether they want to take the plunge, or what exactly it will involve. In short, engagement shoots (also known as “pre wedding shoots” “In love” shoots and various other things!) are a photo session for yourself and your husband or wife to be. They take place prior to your wedding and will typically be shot by the photographer who you’ve booked to photograph your wedding…..but they are so much more than that!
The benefits to both photographer and the couple themselves are what make them so worthwhile. We’re going to summarise some of the key information for you below
From a photography point of view, they provide an opportunity to meet, chat and interact with a couple on neutral ground ahead of the wedding day. They’re often a chance to really get to know one another, talk about any new developments with your wedding plans, or just enjoy each others company. If you were unable to meet with us at the time of booking, it’s also a chance to put faces to names and be familiar with one another prior to your wedding.
When it comes to being in front of the camera if you have any fears, worries or anxieties, or even any quirky habits we will make a mental note of them during your session. We will be able to reassure you, help you relax and if need be, we can be extra vigilant on the wedding day for anything which may have arisen during your shoot.
We also love them because it means we can get your online gallery up and running and you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with how to access your photos ahead of the day. True enough, a professional photographer will be able to do all this on a wedding day, but the benefits are more for you, than for us.
Why they’re great for you…
From the perspective of a couple, most have told us that they are priceless- even the ones who originally said they didn’t want to have an engagement shoot at all!
They offer you the chance to really get to know us and how we work ahead of time. You’ll be able to try out lots of different poses- see what you do or don’t like, familiarise yourself with any props you have, and generally get used to being in front of the camera. You’ll have an idea of some of the terminology we use, and you’ll learn what Sam means by “swivel”!
It can be scary or intimidating if you’ve never done something like that before- but that’s the point. An engagement session will help you feel at ease, or at least a little more comfortable being in front of the camera. We’ve had endless couples comment at the end of the session that it wasn’t anything like how they thought it would be and that it wasn’t as formal, or worrying as they’d imagined.
Above anything else, in the lead up to the wedding you’re likely to be rushed off your feet and may not have much quality time to spend together as a couple. An engagement session will allow you to escape for an hour or two and just be yourselves, together.
As a bonus, you’ll come away from it with some beautiful images together that you may even wish to incorporate into your wedding. More often than not we see engagement session photos crop up at the wedding in one form or another- on the order of service, in a slideshow, or even as the guestbook! This is lovely for us, but it’s also wonderful for you. You’d be surprised how many times we’re thanked as people “didn’t really have any photos together” before their shoot! (We’re guilty of this ourselves)
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