Making the most of your engagement shoot..

 

I wanted to write a little something in case any of my lovely couples were feeling a little nervous about their engagement shoot. It’s perfectly okay to feel a little shy in front of the camera – trust me! Unless you’re Kate Moss, this really isn’t something we experience every day.

All my wedding packages include a pre wedding shoot, free of charge. I really do think they are super important. You never know, you might even enjoy being a model for the day!

 

  • We can get rid of any awkwardness you might feel in front of the camera ahead of the wedding day
  • We’ll be seeing a lot of each other at the wedding, so it’s a great chance for us to get to know each other a little better
  • You get a whole set of photos that you can use for your wedding invitations, your guest book, or even just to put on Instagram!
  • Think of it as the dress rehearsal. You can look through your engagement photos and see which angles you think suit you best, what you’d like to create more of at the wedding, or what you’d like to avoid. It’s your wedding day after all!

 

Here are some top tips I’ve put together to make sure you get the most out of your pre wedding photoshoot…

1 – Wear something you feel good in

I want you guys to wear something that makes you feel good. Sure, if you wear a floaty dress on the top of Malham Cove in December you’ll get some cracking photos. But if your expression suggests you were freezing your bottom off, it’s probably not the best idea.

Somewhere between a tracksuit and a ballgown is probably about right. Smart/ casual. Or smasual, if you will.

A bright colour will work wonders with your shoot. Wearing greens and browns can sometimes mean you blend in a bit with the landscape. A red hat, a yellow coat or even a tartan scarf can work really well. My work has always been very colourful, so if you turn up in a brightly coloured bobble hat you’ll probably be my favourite person. Just be careful not to clash with what your partner is wearing!

Branded clothing or logos can sometimes be a little distracting too, so try to keep those to a minimum if you can help it.

2 – Choose a location that means something to you

You’ll look back at these photos for years to come, so it’s best to choose somewhere that’s a little bit special. Whether that’s where you had your first date, or even just where you like to walk the dog on a weekend.

Places that offer some variation tend to work really well for engagement shoots. A walk in the woods could mean some great photos, but after 10 minutes it gets a bit samey. Let’s find some nice red brick walls covered in ivy. Or a big red door you can have a smooch in front of. Or an epic meadow you can run through like Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. I want you to go away with a FULL set of photos.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, why not try something totally different for your engagement shoot..

– A frolic at the seaside
– Making pizzas from scratch at home
A picnic by the river
– Consuming as much candyfloss as possible at the fair
– A bike ride in the country

3 – Practise looking at your partner

Sounds daft right? But trust me, I will love you forever if you spend 10 minutes doing this before your shoot.

A lot of the time, my favourite photos are those ones where you guys are just smiling at each other. Having a chat, laughing together! Sometimes people can feel awkward just staring at their partner. Don’t get me wrong, it does feel weird at first! But if you can master it ahead of your shoot, it means I can just snap away, getting different angles, capturing those big smiley faces.

4 – Timing is everything

A lot of my couples tend to find the idea of being in a crowded place a little overwhelming when having their photos taken. I totally understand that! So it tends to work well having the shoot either early in the morning, or later on in the afternoon.

This way it won’t be as busy, and the lighting will be so much more beautiful as well.

You can have your engagement shoot anytime between confirming your wedding booking until about a month before the wedding. That just means there’s plenty of time for me to get the photos back to you ahead of the big day.

Some of my couples quite like the idea of having their engagement in the opposite season to their wedding. For example, if you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, it might be quite nice to have a set of photos of you guys in your big winter coats braving the snow. Or more likely the rain. It is England after all.

5 – There’s no pressure

Your engagement shoot isn’t a test to see how proficient you are in front of the camera. It’s not an audition for Vogue magazine. It’s a chance to get some awesome photos of you and your other half at one of the most exciting times of your life.

If there is anything you want to ask me ahead of the shoot then you can just drop me a message anytime. I want you to get the most out of your shoot because it makes me a very happy photographer when you guys are happy!

Lots of love,

Lily xx