- Do you always recommend having an engagement shoot?
We include an engagement or pre-wedding shoot in our package and always advise that our couples take us up on it as it really helps them to get used to a camera being nearby. Most people have never had professional photos taken before and it can feel a bit awkward or intimidating so it really gives us a chance to show you that its actually not scary and just a chance to have a bit of fun. I really sympathise with people (and its almost everyone) who don’t like being in front of the camera as I really don’t like it at all, so we do everything we can to make you feel relaxed.
- What are the benefits of having an engagement shoot?
We always find that people who have done the shoot before the wedding are a lot more relaxed on the wedding day. They get to see that although they might feel a bit weird having their photo taken they actually look great when they see the images.
It’s also a great chance to meet and chat about the wedding and what people want from the photography and of course get to know each other a bit better, which makes a big difference on the say, as its much nicer to have a familiar face around.
Also, you get a lovely set of photos from the shoot, often we have had people use these images for save the date cards or for an order of service or other wedding stationary.
- How far in advance is it best to do it?
A few months before the wedding I think is probably the best time as it means that it is close enough to the day that you have got some ideas about what you are looking for with your photos and probably a few questions you want to ask. It also gives you enough time to use the photos in the lead up to the wedding. Some people like to do it when they first book us though, which is also totally fine.
- Are they usually at the location of the wedding?
Not always, although this does give a good chance for us to scope out some good locations for the big day and get some ideas going. I always say to couples to pick somewhere that is special to them or if they are particularly nervous somewhere they will feel nice and relaxed, some people even choose to do the shoot at home, and children and pets are often bought along to join in.
- What do you suggest that couples wear?
I always say to wear something that you will feel like yourself in, and something that goes with the location. If we are going for a walk in the woods then you want to be what you would wear to do that normally because we want the photos to feel natural and personal rather than staged. Having said that I’m always open to suggestions if people want to do something a little more dramatic.
I found having an engagement shoot really helpful. It was great spending time with our photographer, getting used to being in front of the camera and also having the opportunity to discuss where we would like to do photos on the day. Looking at the pictures from our engagement shoot, it’s confirmed that I prefer the more natural looking shots so we will be aiming for more of this style at the wedding!
Here are a few more pictures from our engagement shoot with Jess from Robin Studios.