As I am now offering engagement shoots with my full day wedding photography packages I thought I would offer all my lovely couples some tips on what to expect during their engagement shoot and some advice on how to make the most of it.
1. Relax and have fun!
Sounds obvious but many people get stressed out by the idea of having their photo taken. There really is nothing to worry about and it is a great chance to have fun with your fiancé/fiancée and get some experience in front of the camera before your wedding day.
2. Take your time.
Depending on where we go and how many different shots you want, an engagement shoot can take from 1-3 hours. You will need to allow time for moving around the location and any wardrobe changes if you want a different look for some photos.
3. Get the location right.
Think about locations that mean a lot to you as a couple; where you got engaged, went for your first date, or even the place you spend your saturdays. Hobbies are a great way to bring some fun to a shoot – if you’re an avid golfer then head to the greens! If you have a pet dog/cat/horse/iguana then bring them along! There are so many great paces in and around Durham; woods, rivers and beaches – just ask if you need some help deciding.
4. Talk to me!
Typically an engagement shoot will start with a chat (over a cup if tea if possible!) to talk about what you would like to get out of the shoot and any worries you might have. It is my job to make you look your best and put you at ease, so just talk to me!
5. Wear something comfortable that makes you feel great.
Either a favourite dress or worn-in boots, if you are happy and comfortable then it will come across in the photos. Also avoid obvious branding and logos, as it can really age shots when brands change or go out of fashion.
6. Don’t read too much about how to pose.
There is a lot of good advice on the internet (this post from Rock N Roll Bride pretty much sums it up and covers everything) but there is also a lot of rubbish. As your photographer I know how to place you for flattering shots, and you may end up looking stiff and forced if it’s on your mind. Just be your awesome self and trust your photographer!
There are many benefits to having an engagement shoot; it is a great way to get to know your photographer away from the buzz and excitement of your wedding day and to have some experience in front of a professional’s camera. You can have some fun with your photography and maybe try out some ideas for the big day!