Over the years, the request for engagement photo shots has increased tremendously. An average of 2 out of every 3 of our couples have been asking us for photos to display at their wedding and not just amateur "selfies" and camera phone pictures - but professionally done and fun photos.
So what exactly is an engagement or pre-wedding photo shoot?
The couple normally goes to a scenic area to get fun, creative and romantic photos and is usually done by a professional photographer. Do not worry about how to pose or what to do. The photographer should prompt you for poses and position you in the best possible way although natural, candid shots are sometimes the best ones. Just have fun and do not think about your pose or how you look. Just be yourself.
An engagement photo shoot will also allow you to see your photographer in action and you can determine from this first interaction whether you are comfortable working with him or her. Does he make you both laugh to lighten the mood and ensure that you are always smiling? Does she take adventurous photos, if that is what you like? Once you establish that trust in your photographer before your wedding, you can be rest assured that on the day, you will be in good hands.
So, what can you do with these photos? The possibilities are endless in finding ways to use your photos from your engagement shoot. Some of the many ways include:
· Wedding Invitations/ Save the Dates (if shoot is done way in advance)
· Centrepieces/ Place Cards
· Wedding Favours
· Wedding Slideshow (to be shown at reception on a large screen)
· Wedding Guest Signature Frame
· Wedding Website
· Cake Topper
· Life Size Banner or Standee
· And of course, share on your favourite Social Network
Handy Tip: Brides, make the most of your engagement shoot. Try to synchronize your makeup trial, hair trial and photo shoot for the same day! That way you will look your best. It will also ensure that you like the way your makeup photographs so that you can make any changes before your wedding day.