When you start planning your wedding there are so many things to think about - what sort of venue should you go for, what setting feels most 'you', what type of vibe or theme do you want... the list is endless! So what happens if you're torn or just can't decide?! Simples! Have a couples shoot before the wedding as well!
I know what you're thinking... "But we really don't like having our photo taken!"... Am I right? Guess what?! You're not alone! In fact, that's probably the most common thing I hear from couples, but a pre-wedding shoot (often referred to as an engagement shoot) is a great way to tackle any anxiety, awkwardness and fear head on! Here's a few reasons why you might want to think about having an engagement shoot:
1. Get to know each other
An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer, to learn how they work and even pick up a few tips ahead of the day so you know what to expect. It’s also helpful for your photographer to understand what you’re comfortable with and how to get the best out of you.
2. Get used to being in front of the camera
Usually, the thought of being in front of the camera is actually much worse than the reality of it. Frantic thoughts of "How should I stand? What do I do with my hands? Where do I look?" will all be laid to rest with top tips and expert guidance from yours truly. Before you know it, you'll be killing it on camera!
3. Location, location, location
It might be somewhere that holds a special place in your hearts. It could be that you really want photos in a setting that totally contrasts with what you have planned for your big day. An engagement shot means you can get married on a farm but have photos on the beach or have photos in the woods and a wedding in a warehouse. The options are endless!
4. Use them as part of your wedding
Add a personal touch by using your engagement photos for your save the dates, wedding invitations, guestbook or even wedding decor on the day.
Below are a bunch of real couples who "didn't like having their photo taken" but I'm sure you'll agree, they do a pretty good job of looking rather smashing in front of the camera! If you want to find out more about engagement shoots or would like to discuss my wedding photography packages, please get in touch via my contact page!