Then He Gave Me This Diamond Ring
You're engaged! Now the planning starts from date setting, to bridesmaid picking, from inlaws to outlaws. An engagment shoot is the first chapter in the story of your married life. It is a wonderful and unique way of showing you and your fiances relationship; where you met, how you met, and capturing those special glances, knowing smiles and secrets that lovers share. I am a definite fan!
Capturing a Lovers Glance
I spent some time with Rebecca Keenan of LIfe In Images Photography
talking about the benefits of having engagement shoots. Rebecca highlighted, "Many couples have not had professional pictures taken of themselves before and an engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity for them to get to know the photographer and help them feel more relaxed on their wedding day'. I love this idea, being somewhat "photo-phobic" myself. I wish I had this organised for my wedding day!
It's a great idea to have a discussion with your photographer about the location. It may be somewhere special to you, for example where the groom proposed, the location of the first date or a favourite picnic spot. Rebecca
says, "I like it if the couple chooses the location of the shoot so that it means something to them." Rebecca also explains if you can't think of somewhere, discuss this with your photographer as they will have some ideas to assist you with your shoot. .
Bringing something that is meaningful to the two of you adds to the story of you, from a favourite hat to a picnic basket. Adding these flavours to your engagement shoot is a finishing touch. Dont be shy with your photographer, this can be a really enjoyable experience for them as well. It's relaxed and informal, a fantastic way for them to know how to shoot you best on your wedding day.
Tips and Tricks
1. Don't be afraid of sharing your story and feelings with your photographer, a good photographer will also encourage this as nothing says unnatural more than a posed kiss on the cheek. Every couple has a little way that is their's in displaying their affection, a good photographer will see this and capture it.
2. Drink plenty of water and bring snacks for your shoot. As obvious as it sounds, take them with you.
3. Wear complimentary outfits, that don't overwhelm each other or clash.
4. Take Props for your shoot. Talk with your photographer about what may be suitable for the day. It could be your favourite hat, a bunch of red balloons, a scarf, a book, fake moustache or toffee apple. The list is endless and of course includes your ring!
5. Get to know your photographer and vice versa. You will be more relaxed and comfortable if you do.
6. Location. Somewhere special to you firstly, or be inventive, avoid cliches, no matching black shirts in a park. Look for new and exciting locations such as railway yards, overgrown farms or a fabulous city scape.
7. When choosing a time for your photo shoot consider mid week as it can mean fewer crowds and a slower pace. Late afternoons have great light for photographers, and if it rains go with the flow, it can be part of your story too!
8. Display your photos at your wedding! Keep them a surprise if you can!
Most of all relax and have fun.
Design Me Vintage would like to acknowledge the supply of all images in this aritcle from Life In Images Photography.