5 tips for your engagement shoot

5 tips for your engagement shoot

As part of our wedding photography package we always include a free engagement shoot for a couple of good reasons.

Firstly we have large intimidating cameras, and most people aren’t used to walking along being photographed paparazzi style! Engagement shoots are a great way to gently ease into having your photos taken so that on your big day you already know us and our cameras, and can simply enjoy the day.

Secondly, once these photos are taken you have a wonderful set of portraits ideal for wedding stationary or prints for yourselves, friends, and family.

The following photos are all from our client’s shoots around the Hull and East Yorkshire area and show how everyone is unique and has their own ideas of what an engagement shoot should be!

1 Dress the part

It’s you guys who decide how the shoot is going to go. Are you looking for casual photos or more formal? Whatever you choose to wear will give the shoot a different feel.

Lucy & Lee's sharply dressed engagement shoot at Burton Constable
Lucy & Lee’s sharply dressed engagement shoot at Burton Constable
Zoe & Lee's smart casual shoot in the snow at Crow Hill, Marsden
Zoe & Lee’s smart casual shoot in the snow at Crow Hill, Marsden

2 Bring along the pets

A great way to guarantee your shoot is interesting is to bring along your furry friends. They know we’re trying to take a lovely photo for the wall, and run away on purpose. Every time. But always a laugh!

Danielle & Lorna with Dixie in the snow on Beverley Westwood
Lauren & Rob with their dogs in Raywell Woods
Lauren & Rob with their dogs in Raywell Woods

3 Don’t take it too seriously if you don’t feel like it

No really, it’s your shoot, you can misbehave if you want to. If your personality doesn’t show in the photos we’ve not done our job very well. As you’ve seen above, most shoots end up with a selection of formal photos but that doesn’t mean that all the photos have to be!

Jess & Dan recreating cinema magic at Elsham Hall
Jess & Dan recreating cinema magic at Elsham Hall
Nicola & Anthony doing the Mo on Hessle Foreshore
How could we not include Zoe & Lee's icicle portrait from Crow Hill, Marsden?
How could we not include Zoe & Lee’s icicle portrait from Crow Hill, Marsden?

4 Use the photos for stationary

If your engagement shoot is booked in early enough why not let us get creative and help you with your save the dates, invites, and table plan! These examples below were designed and printed by us and help put your personality into your wedding before the big day.  And don’t forget the thank you cards afterwards! If you’d like to see some examples, we have some out at the studio, because why wouldn’t we show off our thank you cards that have been sent back to us with thanks on. Thank you everyone ;)

Charlotte & David's save the date from Hessle Foreshore
Charlotte & David’s save the date from Hessle Foreshore
Lucy & Lee's Invites at Burton Constable
Lucy & Lee’s Invites at Burton Constable
Zoe & Danny's Tableplan on Tickton Grange's Lawn
Zoe & Danny’s Tableplan on Tickton Grange’s Lawn

5 Be nervous for the first 5 minutes, then laugh for the next 20

This is what engagement shoots are made for. Nobody jumps in front of the camera completely happy about it. But everybody finishes their shoot smiling and feeling much better about their approaching big day. One day maybe we’ll post the first photo taken at each shoot compared to one taken 5 minutes later. Don’t think many people would choose to hang the first photo on their wall ;)

Gemma & Jon after a slight snowball fight on Beverley Westwood
Gemma & Jon after a slight snowball fight on Beverley Westwood
Rachel & James' best serious pose in Raywell Woods
Rachel & James’ best serious pose in Raywell Woods

There you go, then end of another mammoth blog post requiring diving into the Fossca archives. Moral of the post is don’t forget to book your engagement shoot!

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