Engagement shoots, or pre-wedding shoots, are a great way to spend some time with your wedding photographer and get comfortable having your picture taken before your wedding. You’ll also get some great pictures of you and your partner. Our archive shows what other couples did, giving ideas for engagement shoot themes and locations
“We decided to have an engagement shoot for a couple of reasons. One, David and I don’t have a lot of experience in front of the camera (especially together), so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to practice before the big day. Two, it’s been great to have these photos throughout our wedding planning process for the wedding website, guest book, and save-the-date!”
“We’d never had any professional photos taken before, and we wanted to make sure we were comfortable in front of the camera and knew the best ways to pose. Sam and Louise made us feel so relaxed, we had such a great time on our engagement shoot!”
“The last thing we wanted was to look awkward and uncomfortable in our wedding photographs, so having the opportunity to spend some time getting used to having a camera pointing at us seemed like a good idea. Having the shoot also meant we could choose one of the photos and have it enlarged, so at the wedding reception all the guests get to sign around the border instead of in a formal guestbook (I never know what to write in those things!), which we thought was a really cool idea!”
Today we are featuring our very first engagement shoot. Having an engagement shoot (sometimes called a pre-wedding shoot) before your wedding is an ideal opportunity to get used to having your picture taken, feel at ease with your photographer, and for your photographer to get to know you as a couple.
Of course, the best bit about an engagement shoot is you get some amazing pictures of the two of you, which you could use for your Save the Date cards, or even on your wedding stationery or as pictures on your wedding tables.
When choosing a location for your engagement shoot think outside the box. Where do you love to go for a walk as a couple? What do you love to eat? Where is your favourite location? A lovely walk in your local park or city centre, afternoon tea at your local boutique hotel, or even a hot air balloon! Try and be as imaginative as you can, and why not take some props along, or even your fury four legged friend!
Our first engagement shoot is a fabulous shoot captured by Shaun Menary Photography, with Lindsey and Jarrod going up, up and away in a hot air balloon…
Location of Shoot: Private residence in Franklin, Tennessee, and downtown Nashville, Tennessee
Wedding Date: 19/05/2012
Why did you have an engagement shoot?
“My uncle lives in Franklin, Tennessee and owns a hot air balloon. Franklin is such a beautiful part of the country and we have always wanted to go visit. We thought, ‘Why not do it now, and why not take our amazing photographer with us?’. So we did! It was amazing. Such a fun adventure with people that we love so much. I wouldn’t change a thing about the entire experience.”