Bring out the summer dresses (yes, even in February) and get your dancing shoes on – engagement shoot season is here! I think it’s fair to say that I’m one of the few wedding photographers in Derby or Nottingham who offers an engagement or pre-wedding shoot with all my wedding collections – but I think they’re that important. If you want to know why, take a look at my article on engagement shoots here.
Where should we have our engagement shoot?
Great engagement shoots and great engagement photos take a bit of planning. I usually suggest that we allow two hours for the shoot, and up to two locations. The locations are key. It’s great if we can find two contrasting locations that will allow for amazing photos. For instance, one of my favourite shoots of 2013 started off in Darley Park by the river, and then we moved to Cuba de Revolucion in the city centre.
Colin and Jenny were getting married at Christmas, so I suggested we go to Nottingham Christmas Market – the lights and colours worked really well.
Emily and Andy got engaged at Foremark Resevoir, which was a stunning spot, and the afternoon light was just perfect. Then we moved on to Derby Christmas Market for something a little bit different!
Essentially we can usually shoot wherever you want! It could be where the proposal happened, or a place that’s special to the two of you. I’m yet to do an engagement shoot somewhere exotic, but I’d love to hear your suggestions. If you fancy nipping over to Paris, Rome or Venice, just let me know – we can make it happen!
What should we wear to an engagement shoot?
What you’re wearing is also obviously important. Choose colours that complement each other, but try not to wear the same colour as your partner! Big logos are generally not a great idea, but a splash of colour in a handbag or scarf can really add to the overall image. Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. I’d suggest bringing along a change of clothes to enhance the contrast in locations. So perhaps something more casual for the first half of the shoot, and then change into something a little more dressy for the second half.
As an example, we shot the whole of Serena and Joel’s engagement shoot at Chatsworth House, but the change of outfit helped to make it look like two different locations.
What time is best for our engagement shoot?
I always aim to arrange shoots for around sunrise or sunset, when the light is best. That’s not always possible, dependant on location, but it’s something to bear in mind when considering your shoot. Most people opt for sunset, but as I have a young daughter I’m no stranger to very early mornings either!
I love engagement shoots – I love hanging out with my brides and grooms and getting to know them so much better. It means that on the wedding day I’m not just a photographer who turns up with a camera. I’m a friend – and that makes the photos that follow so much better! I’m looking forward to all the amazing engagement shoots that are in the works for this Spring. 2014 couples, get your thinking caps on and get planning!
Make sure you come back next Thursday for more wedding tips for brides and grooms!