Some wedding photographers offer engagement, or pre-wedding, shoots. They can be offered as part of a package or as an additional extra.
I’d always recommend doing this if you can. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your photographer, and to get used to working together.
Although you may bond really well in your initial meetings, it’s good to get the experience of collaborating together on a shoot, before the big day.
I’ve found that everyone who has booked an engagement photography session with me has really enjoyed it, and found it a really positive experience. It may feel like it’s going to be a big deal, allocating time when you’re already busy arranging a wedding, but it’s a fun way to get a sense of how well you work together.
It’s also a unique chance to do something different as part of the wedding build-up.
You may want to arrange the shoot at the place you got engaged, or maybe at the venue where you’re getting married. If there are grounds or gardens that would be suitable then this can be a good way to see what the final pictures could look like. Plus you can walk your photographer through your plans for the big day at the same time.
My engagement shoots normally last about an hour and a half. We just go for a wander somewhere pleasant. Within that time we’re able to become comfortable in each other’s company and for the couple to be confident that they’ll look good in their pictures.
Your photographer should help you out with suggestions for locations, as well as ideas to get you interacting with each other naturally. Whoever you are, you’ll look good in your pictures if you’re confident, happy and relaxed. Your photographer should be good at making you feel (and therefore look) your best.
I’m sometimes able to offer a free engagement shoot, if you’re interested in booking, but would like to see some pictures of you and your partner first.
I only have limited slots so if that sounds good then please get in touch as soon as possible. x