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How To Ace Your Engagement Shoot…

Engagement shoots. They tend to divide opinion and have often been subject to mockery. Having your photograph taken can be a squirm inducing experience and isn’t one we tend to enjoy. BUT, get the right photographer, and suddenly 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 on RMW 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 as effortless and loved up as the people you see here on RMW? Well listen up as I’m 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 tee-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 to your everyday style and don’t wear a load of make up 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 photographers 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 Skype) prior to this anyway as a stiff or awkward atmosphere from the get go doesn’t make for great photography. 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 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.

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

2 thoughts on “How To Ace Your Engagement Shoot…

  1. This is such great advice and exactly what we share with our couples. Don’t be afraid to throw caution to the wind. After all if you can’t trust your photographer to love all those intimate, weird, and cozy moments that make your love spectacular then who can you trust?! 😉

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