WHY SHOULD I BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT?
There’s SO many reasons why you should consider engagement photography. I mean the fact you reason you said “Yes!” is a good reason itself, but here’s 4 more to bear in mind…
- Engagement is end of one chapter of your life and the start of another. Exiting!
- It’s also when you as a couple truly become ‘official’ – Facebook status’ don’t count!
- Engagement photography is a great way to practice being in front of your camera ahead of your wedding.
- Wedding planning is tiering, especially if you cut out the wedding planner, so breaking it up with engagement photography shoot can help break up the monotony.
Bonus: Engagement photos are also a perfect way to personalise your wedding invitations!
WHAT HAPPENS ON AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT?
We catch the chemistry between you as a couple. Be it through the way you peck his cheek, how you both sqeeeeeze each other when you hug or the quality of his piggy-back rides.
I only ask one thing of you with engagement photography, and it’s that you, do you. For this reason alone, I’d always advise doing your shoot on location, as just the whole setup of a studio says ‘cmon, strike a pose’.
This will allow us to get a varied range of candid shots that sum up you as a couple and how you feel for each other. A nice contrast to your more formal wedding photos.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY
My advice would be to book your engagement photography in relation to your wedding date. I’d always say booking when you’re ‘recently engaged’ is best. That way you can use the pictures for your wedding invitations. You’ll also not miss out should you have to rebook.
Booking 12 weeks in advance is my usual advice, especially if you’re after a certain date or time. But that’s not to say that last minute bookings are impossible – in some cases they can fit in rather well. Only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case as I don’t like to disappoint.
*Not got a wedding date yet? The average engagement is between 1 – 2 years.
ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Do you really need engagement photos?
I know I may be a bit bias, but yes, you do.
Engagement photos are a fantastic way to capture your love for one another in a less formal manner than at your wedding. If you ask me, photos like this are also a key part of wedding prep. They allow you to experiment with poses, expressions and try out new ideas all before your big day. Hopefully something that should enhance the quality of your wedding photography by eliminating any odd poses.
*Combining engagement photography with your wedding pictures creates a stunning ‘before and after’.
Is an engagement photoshoot just for the two of us or can our dog third-wheel?
Your engagement shoot is what you make it, so yes, your pooch to star in it too. This could either be as they are or wearing a custom coat or collar – a good option for a winter shoot! Just make sure it’s not too lairy, after all you’re the focus here.
What to bring to an engagement photoshoot?
Not a lot really – yourself, your smile and a couple of outfits.
For what you wear there’s no set rules, although I do have some words of advice. Try remain understated. So avoid any clashing patterns (stripes, dots – that sort of thing), and stay well away from big ostentatious logos. The idea of engagement photography is to show off you, not Lui or Calvin.
Neutral colours work best for this as does subtle jewellery. Remember, don’t wear anything that’ll take the focus off your ring.
Is it ok to wear white for engagement pictures?
Of course it is, only be careful if it’s a dress.
While there’s no denying that a white dress can work well for engagement photos, it could take emphasis away from your wedding outfit. Go down this route and I’d avoid displaying your wedding and engagement photography together. White on white may cause a clash.
Saying that though, white cotton tops work well with jeans or a white fur coat goes wonders with some winter woolies.
*If you do want some white in your engagement photos, then get your fiancé to wear it for you. Every guy has a fetish for a white suit (que the Bond music!)
What should a guy wear for engagement pictures?
For engagement pictures, a guy can wear whatever he wants within reason – this will largely depend on how formal you’re dressing. So if you’ve opted for a sexy red dress, make sure he’s in something that’s equally as formal. A suit, maybe even a tux (mhmm).
Whatever you decide to wear, coordination is the key, as engagement photography is all about capturing that connection between you as a couple. Something that’s hard to do when one of you’ve dressed for the red carpet and the other’s dressed for the pub.
Where should engagement photos be taken?
The world is your oyster. We can take engagement photos practically anywhere, be it your local park, somewhere a bit grungy or a nearby beauty spot. However if you were to ask me, the best locations are those that hold some significance to you. Whether it be where you first met, shared your first kissed or went on your first date, incorporating these types of locations can give your engagement photography significantly more meaning.
*If you want to get some practice in before the big day, why not take your engagement shoot to your wedding venue?
He’s taking his time - any tips to make my partner ‘pop the question’?
If you’ve been reading this page in hope it’ll somehow coax Mr Right onto one knee, you might not be going crazy after all! Here’s 3 things you can do to increase your chances…
- Your love don’t cost a thing – Although a swanky engagement ring is great, make it clear it’s not the be all and end all. You see, the pressure to find that ‘perfect ring’ causes many men to stop in their tracks, which leaves you tapping your feet.
- Hang with the pros – Sounds obvious, yet it’s a tactic a lot of us forget – ease your way into a married social circle. The more friends he has who’re married, the more likely he’ll see it as the way to go.
- Be spontaneous – Sometimes guys need a little nudge, so show them you’re on the same wavelength by planning a romantic trip for two. Besides, all that planning will be good practice for your wedding.
Fellas, if you’re reading this don’t roll your eyes, take note! Your special someone may be trying to tell you something…
Engagement photography: how many images can I expect?
Lots. A typical shoot for me is anywhere upwards of 1000 images and out of these you’ll receive approximately 50 +. To some extent how far over the fifty mark we achieve, all depends on the length of your photoshoot and how many poses and ideas we try out.