Q: What the hell is an Engagement shoot?! I've never heard of one before.
A: As far as I know Engagement shoots have been popular in America for quite a while now, and they have started to become more popular in the UK and around the world in recent years. They are traditionally a way to announce your engagement, but these days they are also used as a great way of getting to know your wedding photographer, get used to being in front of the camera before they big day and it's a perfect excuse to have professional photos of you and your partner taken. The photos can be used for save the dates/invites, decorations at the wedding, part of your guest book, the list goes on!
Q: Do we need to have an Engagement shoot?
A: Honestly the answer is no. However, so many of my wedding couples have said that they are so glad they had one done, and that having one was a great way to get comfortable and confident being photographed before their wedding day. They also really help with nerves when the big day comes around, particularly if you or your partner are camera shy. The photos can be used for so many different things, and quite a few photographers have them included in their wedding packages already.
Q: Where should we go for our Engagement shoot?
A: I always think it’s nice to go somewhere that you like and/or somewhere that means something to you. Is there a certain area you like or visit often, or somewhere you would really like to go but never been? Where did you propose? Do you perhaps both go surfing regularly at the same beach? One day I could also come along with my camera and get some cool shots. If you really can’t think of anywhere that’s not a problem, we can work out where to go together.
Q: Should I get made up for our Engagement shoot?
A: Everyone is different. I can’t tell you what is right for you, but if you think it’ll make you feel more comfortable and confident, go for it! We could always have your Engagement shoot the same day you have your wedding hair and make up trial?
Q: I don’t know what to wear for our Engagement shoot – HELP!
A: I always say wear something you feel comfortable in and you look good in. If you’re struggling between two outfits, we can always make time for an outfit change on the shoot.
Q: We have a cool idea for a photo/the shoot itself, do you want to know?
A: 1000% yes! It’s your photo shoot. If you have an idea please let me know, if it’s not possible or I really don’t think it’ll work I will let you know, but I’m always open to new ideas.
I hope you found this helpful and happy wedding planning!
If you have any questions you'd like me to answer, feel free to get in touch.