Congratulations – you’re engaged!
It’s one of the happiest moments of your life, not much comes close to that warm fuzzy feeling you felt when they popped the question (or said yes). Part of the fun is all of the planning which you’ll get to do over the coming months, but something people often forget is to plan an engagement shoot. So why should you have one?
On your wedding day, chances are you’ve not really been in front of the camera before, so it might not come naturally to you. If you book in an engagement shoot with your photographer, it gives you a chance to get used to being in front of the camera, so that you’re more relaxed about it on the day (and gives the photographer a chance to get to know you as a couple, meaning they will get even better shots than they would have done already). Not only that, you can get some lovely photos of you and your betrothed, which may even come in use when sending out invites.
We’ve got some top tips of how to make the most out of your engagement photoshoot:
Make sure you wear clothes that complement each other, think about the colours and patterns your both picking out, as well as the theme (e.g. are you going for warm and cosy autumnal coats and scarves, or light and floaty summer wear). Wear clothes that you both feel comfortable and relaxed in, that let your personality shine through.
2. The Location
Pick somewhere that means something to you both. Depending on how far it is to travel, this could be the place you got engaged, a family home, a local park, anywhere you can think of that springs to mind (obviously if it’s outside this may mean clothing considerations). Some couples even have their engagement shoot at their wedding venue (if they allow it) which gives you and your photographer a chance to get to know the location.
3. The Theme
Have you got a theme or colour scheme for your wedding? If you do, let your photographer know in advance and they may be able to incorporate it into the shoot.
4. Your Photographer
Open up to your photographer about your lives; your likes and dislikes, things you do together. Talk about your family and friends (got a crazy Nan who you know will be first on the dancefloor? Tell them!) – people who will play an important role on your special day.
This gives the photographer a chance to think creatively about how to bring all of these elements into your wedding day, and allows the 3 of you to relax around each other. It means that on your wedding day you will have already struck up a bond with your photographer and will feel more comfortable following their lead – and they will know that they’re getting the best of what you actually want.
5. The Photos
Engagement photos represent a really important milestone in your lives, and your wedding will be an exciting whirlwind which you’ll want to remember forever; this will help document the beginning of your journey. It is likely to be the first time you’ve had professional photos taken of the two of you, so make sure you use them.
If you haven’t sent out your invites yet, think about incorporating them in. Alternatively, they can be used as decorations on the big day!
The most important thing you should remember is to have fun – this is a fantastic day for you and your partner to pause from your busy lives, and spend some quality time together.
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Author: Cheltenham Foodie - Louise Paige
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