Engagement shoots. Get the right photographer, and you've got gallery-wall-worthy images of you and your love. Something to truly treasure for the rest of time. We feature engagement shoots here quite frequently as lots of the photographers we work with offer them to their couples as part of their photography package. But how do you look that effortless and loved up? Well, listen up as we're about to share all of their secrets...

Dress To Impress

You want to feel comfortable and like yourself, but also confident in front of the camera. If getting your hair done makes you feel better, go and get a blow-dry! If wearing jeans and a t-shirt is your go-to, then wear that! The worst way to feel is self-conscious so don't go out and buy an outfit totally different from your everyday style and don't wear a load of makeup if that's not your look. On the flip side, if it is - then this is a great excuse to dress to the nines. And it's a given that the same applies for your other half - don't try to be people that you aren't, these images are a celebration of you. Just the way you are.

Location, Location, Location

There are two ways you can go with this - somewhere close to home where you feel comfortable and that is familiar to you (great for natural images of you just doing what you do at the weekends). OR make your engagement shoot an adventure and head for somewhere you've always wanted to visit or somewhere with spectacular scenery (great for striking, once-in-a-lifetime images). Don't forget you may have to cover your photographer's travel fees if they aren't based close to where you'd like to shoot.

Electric Chemistry {With Your Photographer}

If your photographer is also shooting your wedding, then this is a great time to get to know each other and for you as a couple to see their style and their way of shooting in action. We'd always recommend meeting your photographer (or at least speaking to them on the phone or via Zoom) prior to this anyway. A great relationship with your photographer should feel like they could be in your circle of friends, don't be afraid to keep hunting until you find that person.

Dutch Courage

I'm not saying get wasted before you have your shoot, but having a drink together is a relaxing thing, and the absolute KEY to gorgeous engagement images is being relaxed. The camera will pick up any tension and awkwardness and I'll be honest, for the first twenty minutes or so, you will probably feel both of these things. Remember that the images you'll end up with will likely be from the later part of your session when you've relaxed into things and you're starting to...

Forget About The Camera

So much more easily said than done, I know. But if you can, try to forget you're having your photographs taken. The photographers we recommend here on RMW won't ask you to do silly poses or put you in ridiculous positions so just try to enjoy the walk/drink/adventure you're on together and let your photographer sneakily snap away in the background. Of course, there will be moments where you need to stand in a certain place to nail a gorgeous shot - but you can still laugh, kiss, and chat as you would normally.


And last of all, enjoy it! With the right photographer, you'll end up with a set of images that are utterly beautiful and really capture the essence of you as a couple.

Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

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