capturing your love story can start with an engagement photoshoot, here's why you should consider one
First things first, and I might be a bit biased here, but engagement photoshoots can be some of the most beautiful photoshoots ever. There is just something about celebrating a couple's love in an intimate and gentle way that is extraordinarily wholesome and magical. They are up there on my list of favourite kinds of photoshoots.
Making the decision to have an engagement photoshoot can be a big one, especially if you're on a budget, but I truly believe they can be worth it for many different reasons.
Engagement Photos Can Be Used For Your Wedding Invites
One of the most popular incentives for having an engagement shoot is that it can provide you with photos for your wedding invitations or to share the news of your engagement with friends and family. Being able to share a 'save-the-date' or post your engagement on social media with a beautiful photo or a couple of photos of you and your partner can make for a really special, personalised invitation/announcement.
But the use of the photos doesn't have to end there. The photos can be additions to your walls at home or could be framed at your family's homes. You could even use the photos on a photo board at your wedding, which is becoming a popular thing to do to add more personal touches to your wedding. They could even just serve as a memory for you to look back on and remember the time between your engagement and wedding. There are so many ways to use your engagement photos, including in your announcements or on your invitations that make them worth having.
An Engagement Photoshoot Can Help You To Feel Comfortable In Front Of the Camera
One thing I've found since photographing engaged couples is that they often tell me that they're nervous to be photographed for the first time at their wedding. It can be a really strange thing, especially when you're in the spotlight already, to have a camera on you at all times, but an engagement photoshoot can help you to feel comfortable in front of a camera so you can get used to its presence.
It's common to choose the photographer that will be photographing your wedding to photograph your engagement pictures. This makes for a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other really well so that when it comes to your wedding, you feel comfortable in their hands and their skill. It can help them to become more like a friend, which I find can ease any worries before your big day as you know they're here to capture you in your best ways.
On the flip side, it can help your photographer to know you in a way that helps them to capture you authentically. I think it's so important that your photographer knows you and who you are so they can photograph you as you are rather than just placing you in generic wedding poses. Your photos should feel like you and an engagement photoshoot can allow your photographer to know you on a more personal level which will allow them to photograph you in the most authentic way possible.
You can also practice photos that you might like to get specifically at your wedding. Commonly there will be a time at your wedding when you and your partner go off with the photographer to take photos together away from the guests. If there are specific photos that you might want to take at your wedding, you can practice them during your engagement session so that you know, going into your wedding, that you're confident in those poses or positions.
An Engagement Photoshoot is an Opportunity to Take the Time to Celebrate Your Love and Union as a Couple
My favourite reason to have an engagement session is that it is an opportunity where you can be with your partner without any pressure or stress that might come from the day of your wedding, and without anyone else around you. It's a few hours to celebrate yourselves and the intimacy of your relationship together. Engagement photoshoots can be a really fun and new experience to share together.
I always love for my couples to treat their engagement session as part of a bigger date or day to celebrate themselves. I always suggest they spend time together before their session and then afterwards that they go out for a meal or engage in some other activity. That makes for a whole day of love in each other's company.
In my sessions, we really focus on having a good time whilst also creating memories. I love for engagement sessions to be more than just building a bank of photos, I want for you to have memories that fit with each photo like pieces of a puzzle that come together through the physicality of the photos and the memories of creating them. We focus on your love languages as a couple, we run around altogether, we have an adventure, I listen to your favourite stories about each other and we just have the best time.
An Opportunity To Practice Your Wedding Make-Up and See How It Shows Up On Camera
Maybe not a reason to have a photoshoot in itself, but something that an engagement photoshoot does afford you is the opportunity to practice your wedding makeup if you're wearing any. Whether you're having it done professionally or doing it yourself, coming to an engagement session with your wedding makeup (or a more low-key version of it) can be a really nice way to become comfortable with it, see if it lasts and if you like it, and how it shows up in photos. My sessions usually occur outdoors so it can be a really good way to put makeup to the test haha!
I adore engagement photoshoots so much, they can be such a unique way to make memories together whilst also receiving photos at the end by which to remember the experience together and share your love and news with your friends and family.
I offer engagement sessions in two different ways, either an engagement session by itself without booking me for your wedding or booking my wedding package which automatically comes with an engagement photoshoot added on. The first option can be useful if you're planning on a long engagement/won't be thinking about wedding planning for a while or if you've already booked your wedding photographer and they don't offer engagement photoshoots. I'm always happy to work around your needs and wants!
To inquire, head to my inquiry page and fill out the boxes in as much detail as you can. I will then send you a pricing guide customised around the information you gave me as well as various other bits of useful information. From there we can book in a video call and get the ball rolling!!
I'm so excited to meet you and share your story. Let's tell it the right way, together.