Engagement Advice

Making the Most of Your Engagement Shoot

Part of our This Is What Makes a Brilliant Wedding series

We’ve always included an engagement shoot in our wedding package for a few reasons. Firstly we have large, intimidating cameras – sorry but we need them. Secondly, most people aren’t used to being followed around by a photographer. Chandler smiles are often an issue!

An engagement shoot is the perfect way to become accustomed to having your photos taken, so on your big day you already know us and our cameras, and can simply enjoy your day without giving the photography a second thought.

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

Here are some ideas from some of our engagement shoots around the Hull and East Yorkshire area, showing everyone has their own ideas of what an engagement shoot should be!

1. Wardrobe is important

It’s you who decides how the shoot is going to go. Are you looking for casual photos or more formal? Your wardrobe choice will give the shoot a different feel. For the record, most people go casual. It’s nice to have the portraits contrasting your more formally dressed wedding photos.

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Lucy & Lee’s sharply dressed engagement shoot at Burton Constable
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Zoe & Lee’s smart casual shoot in the snow at Crow Hill, Marsden
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Paris & Danny casually dressed at Humber Bridge Country Park

2. Bring along your pets

A great way to guarantee your shoot is interesting is to bring along your furry friends. That saying about working with animals doesn’t seem to hold true – perhaps our couples just excel in pet training. It’s a great way to relax the shoot, and they don’t have to be in every photo.

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Richard & Rich, with their dogs, at Welton
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Danielle & Lorna with Dixie in the snow on Beverley Westwood
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Lauren & Rob with their dogs in Raywell Woods

3. Don’t take it too seriously

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 every photo has to be!

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How could we not include Zoe & Lee’s icicle portrait from Crow Hill, Marsden?
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Jess & Dan recreating cinema magic at Elsham Hall
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Lucy & Lee striking a, slightly less formal, pose!

4. Think about your Wedding 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! Everything below was designed and printed by us, to add personality to the wedding even before the big day. If you’d like to see some in person, we have a few at the studio so just mention them when you pop in!

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

5. Be nervous for a bit, then enjoy!

This is what engagement shoots are all about! Nobody jumps in front of the camera completely happy about it. But everybody finishes their shoot smiling and feeling better about their approaching wedding photography. One day, maybe I’ll post the first photo taken at each shoot compared to one taken 5 minutes later. I don’t think many people would choose to hang the first photo on their wall, but I know the later ones are always popular ;)

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Rachel & James’ best serious pose in Raywell Woods
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Jenni & Alice having a giggle at Hull Marina
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Alison & Dan being blown away at Beverley Westwood

There you go, hope that answers some of your questions. Moral of the post is don’t forget to book your engagement shoot!

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