It might seem a little illogical to have photographs taken shortly before you spend a whole day being photographed but engagement session can serve a purpose and also be a fun way to take some time out of wedding planning to remember why you are getting married in the first place.
Two of the photographers exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September have kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize. RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair waiting to meet you, but if you want to get to know them better then an engagement session is a great way to do that. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance. Here are our reasons why an engagement shoot is a great idea…
- Engagement session give you time to celebrate your relationship and share some quality time together.
Wedding planning, even for a tiny wedding, can be stressful and pile the pressure on you as a couple. It can seem like every conversation revolves around outfit, meal and venue choices and sometimes it’s nice to remember what those choices are really all about.
Whether it’s a few hours spent in your favourite location or half day spent sharing your hobbies and interests, an engagement shoot gives you plenty of opportunity to reconnect during the planning and the chance to celebrate a milestone in your relationship. Your engagement is a special time when you chose to commit to each other and a time to celebrate love and marriage prior to your wedding day.
- A chance to rehearse your wedding photos.
I am yet to find any couple where both parties enjoy having their photographs taken. Even if you’re totally at ease in front of the lens the chances are your partner isn’t! If you’re struggling with the idea of being photographed on your wedding day or just feel like you never look good in photos it can be a great idea to get those nerves out of the way before the big day.
Getting used to posing in a way you are comfortable with, making sure you get over the giggles or find out what style you want your photos to be are important to getting great photos and, if you have no idea where to start, an engagement session can help you clarify what works for you. And the more you know the less anxious you will be about your wedding day photography.
- Perfect images for your wedding website.
If you’re eloping in secret or need to keep your small party on track with changing plans you are probably looking at having a wedding website where you guests can follow your adventures. It will amaze you how many terrible photos you have as a couple when you come to make it! Seriously! Wonky selfies with heads slightly cut off, badly lit party pictures or images of yourselves at other peoples weddings just won’t cut the mustard to get your wedding website up to date.
So what better way to share your joy with the world than filling your wedding website with beautiful new, professional pictures of you as a couple. Whatever your style, funny, classy, smart or glamorous you engagement photos will show your friends and family what to expect from your wedding day.
- Help you decide on a certain style of photography or photographer.
You may not have any idea as to what style of photography you would like on your wedding day or you may have a selection of photographers that you like and want to see how you’ll get on with them during your wedding day. This is especially important if they might be a large percentage of your wedding guests! If you have 10 people accompanying your big day and 10% of them is your photographer you definitely want to make sure you get along and both parties understand what you’re looking for.
Working closely with a photographer can also give you a chance to learn the lingo and work out what you do and don’t like in style. You can take a selection of more formal photos alongside carefree, actions shots and see what suits you best. Learning to communicate what you want can be an experience in itself and it well worth getting right prior to your wedding!
- It’s a great chance to try out new looks.
If you’re not sure what looks good on you, you can use your engagement sessions to try out different styles of hair, makeup and clothing. You may find that your idea of the perfect hair and clothing combination looks terrible in photographs or that your chosen cut of suit just doesn’t suit you!
What looks good in the mirror doesn’t always looks great on film and vice-versa. Your engagement shoot can give you the opportunity to try out different styles, get your hair style sorted, and make decisions on what is going to look best in your wedding photos.
Even for those who don’t necessarily feel “engaged” I would highly recommend having a small photo shoot before the day if your photos are important to you. It gives you more time during your wedding photos to get the images you want knowing you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September waiting to meet you. They have both very kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize. If you’re looking to try some mini-sessions or book an engagement shoot before your big day then come along and speak with the photographers and videographers who specialise in intimate celebrations at the Tiny Weddings Fair. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance. And if you are one of the first 100 people to buy tickets then you’ll also get a goody bag on the day, but be quick because they are selling fast!