Over the last few years, wedding photography has just got better and better and we’re always amazed by the brilliant wedding photos couples send us. But now you don’t have to wait for your wedding day to get great images. Engagement shoots are becoming so popular and this is a trend that’s set to continue. We spoke to wedding photographer Hannah Duffy to find out why you should have an amazing engagement shoot before your wedding.
The benefit of engagement shoots
If life is a bit hectic in the run-up to the big day or if you’re not that confident in front of the camera, then an engagement shoot might not appeal that much. However, as Hannah explains, there are lots of benefits:
“Engagement shoots are a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in front of the camera before your get married which is going to make your wedding day seem seamless and comfortable. It’s also a great opportunity to spend some quality time together on what is usually a busy lead up to the wedding day. You also get a collection of amazing images, where you look great, in something other than your wedding attire.”
“Most of my wedding clients now opt to have an engagement session and every single client says afterwards that they are so glad that they did. The majority of clients have never been professionally photographed before and they always express how it allows them to be that little bit more confident in going into the wedding day. They go from being uncertain of what to expect from their photography and photographer to being certain of what to expect. “
Planning the perfect engagement shoot
Don’t worry! We’re not about to add lots more to your wedding planning to-do list. There really are just a few things to think about when it comes to planning your shoot. Firstly, book a date with your photographer as soon as you can and then, as Hannah says, just choose a location:
“Often, the couple selects a location that is special to them for some reason. It could be the spot where their proposal took place, a place that they love to go for walks together in the countryside or their own home. Sometimes they choose a particularly beautiful spot that really takes advantage of the local countryside. Don’t feel constrained by your choice of location. Why not combine your engagement shoot with a holiday away to romantic locations such as Paris, Provence or Florence?”
Once you’ve arranged a date and venue, just turn up and let yourselves be guided by your photographer. Then, look forward to seeing your fabulous pre-wedding photos!
“At the end of the session you will have a collection of beautiful images of the two of you that are so much better than phone selfies can ever be. You can be proud to display in your home or you could give these as gifts to your parents or grandparents or you use these images for your save the date cards or invitations or even a really cool coffee table book for your home.”
Top tips for your engagement shoot
If you’re now considering an engagement shoot or if you’re already planning yours, here are Hannah’s top tips for making your shoot really special:
• Dress up - Use this opportunity to get some amazing images that you will be proud to display and share so choose a favourite outfit or two. There’s no such thing as overdressed when it comes to your engagement session so why not have a little fun!
• Coordinate your looks - Think about how your outfits will work together. Outfits work best together when the colour palettes coordinate with each other but neither clash nor match. If in doubt, speak to your wedding photographer and they’ll be able to help you choose!
• Hair and Makeup - Why not book your hair and makeup team for the session and have a trial run to see how your hair and make up will look on the wedding day? It will remove the stress of getting ready on your own and you’ll know exactly how your look will shoot on camera.
• Confidence - Trust in your photographer and everything should flow from there. Have the confidence to really embrace your own emotions. Sometimes you’ll want to laugh, so laugh other times give in to those quite vulnerable moments together.