An engagement shoot. A pre-wedding shoot. Whatever you call them, you've probably seen them on various photographers' websites and you're weighing up whether to take advantage of one because you don't like having your photo taken. If you fall into this category, you're definitely in need of an engagement shoot!
It might seem a little strange - you don't like having your photo taken so I'm telling you to put yourself into situations where you're having your photo taken more - but trust me; when your wedding day comes around you'll be glad you did.
Almost every single one of my couples tells me before we start shooting that they're uncomfortable having their photo taken, so you're not alone! I find that within ten minutes of chatting, my couples feel a lot more relaxed. The style of your photographer is particularly important if you feel uncomfortable having your photo taken. If they're more into the posed style of photography you're going to perhaps feel more self conscious. A candid style works perfectly for couples who feel nervous. Hopefully after a while you won't even feel like you're having your photo taken!
If you've got an engagement shoot booked in with me or a photographer who works in a candid, relaxed way this is what you can expect.
I don't like to heavily pose you. What's the point in me telling you what to do every second? All the photos will just look like I've posed you rather than it being a reflection on you and your connection with your partner. I prefer to find an interesting backdrop, a little bit of light or an amazing angle and get you both to interact with each other. Kiss, hold hands, laugh, tell stories - what ever makes you comfortable.
Engagement shoots can be a great way to get some gorgeous photos of you both in a location that means something to you, so it's important to have a think about special places to you both. I've done engagement shoots at the location of first dates, childhood haunts and hometowns. Even holiday destinations!
On engagement shoots usually we'll have a lot more time to explore locations and take photos than on the wedding day. This means not only will we be able to get heaps of variety in locations and shots but we can spend even more time chatting and getting to know each other more. We can even grab a coffee afterwards! This is one of my favourite parts of engagement shoots and by the end, hopefully you'll feel as though you've made a new friend.
In the years to come these photos will provide you with amazing memories and you'll be happy you commemorated the exciting lead up to the wedding.