If you can’t decide whether to have an engagement photoshoot then you’re not alone! Some people feel like this is a waste of time and money that could be going into their wedding pot, whilst others feel like it’s an important opportunity to celebrate making their engagement official. For many engaged couples it goes in the wedding calendar as an essential step in planning their wedding, but why? Is it something to save on, or something to splurge on?
Choosing the photographer
An engagement photo shoot is the chance to create a record of an important milestone. However, it’s also a great way of getting to know your photographer before the big day. Choosing a photographer can be a daunting experience in itself, as well as being comfortable in front of the camera. Having an engagement photo shoot will break the ice, so you’re not meeting your photographer for the first time on the day of your wedding.
Getting to know your photographer ensures that you’ll have more fun on the day too, as you’ll have already built up a relationship with them. It’ll also open the channels of communication between you so that you’ll both feel more comfortable about suggesting unusual places or poses for your photos. Forming a relationship with your photographer will help to ensure that you look relaxed, happy and utterly loved-up on your day, not stiff and awkward because you’re being positioned for a shot by a complete stranger. It’s a great way to express your creativity as a couple.
Getting some experience
Not many people have experienced a photoshoot before they get married. You’re going to be snapped at every opportunity on your wedding day, so it’s a chance to learn what angles work best for you both. An engagement photo shoot also gives you a moment to think about the sorts of shots you want taken on your wedding day.
It’ll build your confidence whilst also allowing the photographer to get to know the real you. In order to get the most out of your photo shoot, why not plan your wedding and hair trials around the shoot? You’ll be able to see how exactly how you’ll look on the day. It’s also a lot more fun to get made up and then have photos taken, rather than going back to your regular day time activities.
An engagement photo shoot might produce some cute or quirky photos you’ll be able to use on the day itself. A great photo can be used for the table plan or table names, or even on invitations and thank you cards. And if you want a more romantically motivated reason to have an engagement photoshoot then think about the fact that you’re going to married to this person for the rest of your life, but you’re going to be engaged to them for a relatively short space of time. Surely you want to preserve those happy memories for as long as possible?
You can even plan to have your engagement shoot at the place your fiancé proposed to you. It’s a wonderful gesture and it will help your friends and family connect with your special engagement story. This is especially useful if you plan to feature the story in any wedding day speeches.
The best reason for a shoot is that it represents a great opportunity to spend some quality time together before wedding planning and family politics take over. Even dogs are getting in on the action by having an elaborate engagement photo shoot according to @Telegraph so maybe it is the “pawfect” way to celebrate after all!