Should We have an Engagement Photo Shoot?

By Luke Ellery

After you've gone through the process of narrowing down and even booking your wedding photographer, you don't have to wait until the wedding to see them again. At this point, what you should be considering is an engagement shoot with the very photographer you've booked for your wedding. Here's why...

Engagement sessions are not only fun but they’re the perfect way to have a causal photo shoot, get to know your photographer better, practice how to look and pose in front of the camera, and get some beautiful images of you and your fiancé during your fleeting but romantic engagement.

Not many people feel very comfortable in front of a camera, and the engagement shoot is a great way to practice for the wedding. You're only having one wedding so you are going to want to get it right on the day - no pressure. Your photographer will love the opportunity to get to know you and your partner a little better, and it can guarantee they will get a better idea of exactly what you want out of your wedding photos. 

Here are a few reasons why an engagement photo shoot is a great idea.

1/ It’s a great time to practice in a relaxed environment 

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Your photographer will guide you through everything - from how to pose, where to look, where to stand.... and you’ll get a feel of what to expect come the wedding day.

2/ Pick a special location 

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Pick a location that has some significance to you both. It could be the place where you got engaged, or first met, or where you spend most of your time together. There are beaches, national parks, a restaurant, a museum, the city at night.... if you just can’t think of a location, ask your photographer. He or she will most likely know some great photogenic locations nearby.

3/ Be creative

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Bring a blanket and picnic basket, some wine... or set up a teepee in the forest. Have it at dawn or dusk, in the snow or at golden hour. Really thinking about what signifies you as a couple and bring things that compliment that to your photo shoot. Think outside the box – you won’t be disappointed.

3/ Test trial your makeup 

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An engagement photo shoot will give you an opportunity to test trial your makeup. Go all out and have your make up professionally done by an MUA you've been considering for the wedding. It might help you narrow down your "look" for the big day.

You will look fantastic, which will make you FEEL fantastic, which will naturally show in your photos. You will get to see how your makeup will look, not only in the mirror but how it will photograph, and if there are adjustments to be made, then there will be plenty of time to do so.

4/ You’ll get to know your photographer better.

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This is a great way to get to know your photographer, to ask questions, to show them who you really are and relax. The more you can relax and express your love the better job your photographer will do.

5. You'll get some epic photos of you and your partner

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With these amazing photos, you could...

  • Display them on your wall in a frame to get you hyped for the wedding.
  • Send them as personalised gifts for parents or grandparents, they'll look great as a small album or coffee table book.
  • Create a guest sign book to have available at your wedding.
  • Use them as “save the date” or engagement party invitation cards, or on your personal wedding website.

6/ Do it soon

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Image by Perspectives Photo + Cinema

Ideally, you want to have your engagement photos taken soon after you’ve hired your wedding photographer - and not weeks before the wedding. If you wait until closer to the wedding, it can seem like just one more thing that has to be done during a rather stressful time.

7/ Capture the moment

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Hire a photographer to capture your proposal from a distance and have him or her join you both afterwards for your (pre-planned) engagement photo session.

Edited by Luke Ellery with contributions from Lydia Martin and Mariè Richards Photographer


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