Couple on rowing boat throwing confetti

An Engagement Shoot at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu

Couple on rowing boat with confetti coming down

Couple: Ramani and David

Photographer: Priscila Valentina Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 29/07/2013

Location of Shoot: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, California

Wedding Date: 31/08/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“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!”

Couple kissing on bridge

Couple kissing on bridge Couple kissing on bridge

Couple on bridge

Man lifting up woman on bridge

Couple holding hands Couple holding hands laughing

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Woman hugging man from behind

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Woman with floral crown

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An Engagement Shoot in Cambridge City Centre

Couple kissing outside building

Couple: Rebecca and Andy

Photographer: Pavone Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 09/2014

Location of Shoot: Cambridge City Centre

Wedding Date: 03/10/2013

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“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!”

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Couple standing next to wall

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Couple standing in front of wall

Couple kissing in front of wall

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An Engagement Shoot in the Grounds of Sizergh Castle

Engaged couple laying on ground

Couple: Laura and Steve

Photographer: Karli Harrison Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 16/05/2014

Location of Shoot: Grounds of Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, Cumbria

Wedding Date: 07/06/2014

Why did you have an 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!”

Engaged couple holding hands under tree

Engaged couple standing under tree

Soft toys tied to tree

Fabric apple hanging from tree

Felt bird in tree

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An Engagement Shoot in a Hot Air Balloon

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…

Engaged couple in hot air balloon

Couple: Lindsey and Jarrod

Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 24/03/2012

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.”

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple playing pinball

Hand on pinball machine

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Engaged couple in front of map

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Engaged couple in front of map

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