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Your Engagement Photo Shoot: Everything You Need to Know

3rd January 2019 |By | Be the first to comment

So the love of your life has popped the question (eeek!) and now it’s time to commemorate this moment with an engagement photo shoot.

If you’re ready to choose your photographer, check out Confetti’s talented wedding photographers.

Engagement Photo Shoot: Top Tips from the Experts

We’ve spoken to some of the most talented photographers in the industry to gather top tips for couples considering an engagement photo shoot. So, whether you want to recreate the moment your partner was on one knee, or you just want to capture this incredible feeling forever, here’s how you can get started.

Image of man proposing to woman

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Choosing the Location

Every photographer will tell you that location is key when shooting those personal and meaningful engagement shots.

Jonathon from Jonathon Fowler Photography and Videography said the location is one of the most important factors to ensure the end images are personal to the couple.

Agreeing with Jonathon, wedding photographer Emma from Emma-Jane Photography advises that “the location needs to be somewhere pretty and unique. Places such as parks, woodlands and forests.”

Couple posing in front of Stonehenge

Image shot at Stonehenge by Emma-Jane Photography

Couple walking up mountain together

Image by Emma-Jane Photography

Couple posing for image at Arthur's Seat

Image at Arthur’s Seat, shot by Jonathon Fowler Photography and Videography

Moritz from Moritz Schmittat Photography agreed that natural settings are the perfect backdrop for an engagement photo shoot, but also thinks “central London is equally stunning, and can give you a very contemporary look.”

For the couple who aren’t totally comfortable posing for pictures in public (we don’t blame you!), Emma advices avoiding city locations; shooting in central London among crowds of people is not the faint-hearted!

Choosing the Time of Day for Your Engagement Photo Shoot

When thinking about your engagement photo shoot, it’s likely that choosing the right time of day wasn’t the first thing that sprung to mind, but when we turned to the experts, we were told that choosing the right time of day is imperative.

Emma told Confetti that golden hour (the hour before sunset in the summer months) is the most romantic time of day.

Couples kissing at Golden Hour

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Moritz agreed: “My recommendation would always be golden hour. The lighting makes the skin tones look soft and photographers can play around with light and shadow.”

Couple at Golden Hour

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

This flattering time of day is popular with couples and photographers alike so if you’re hoping to catch this golden hour then make sure you get a date with your photographer pencilled in the diary soon!

Meanwhile, Kam from Abraxas Photography revealed that his preferred time of day is early in the morning, as the light works well when shooting couples. So, if you don’t have time to wait around until the pretty summer months, why not catch the morning sun instead?

Couple walking in the morning sun

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Couple in the sun

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Prepping for Your Engagement Photo Shoot

Most people won’t be too familiar with how to prepare for an engagement photo shoot. Moritz suggests wearing something that goes well with your partner’s choice of outfit, but also ensuring that your outfits represent your personalities.

Kam told Confetti that “wearing necklaces, scarves, sunglasses and hats can make couples feel more comfortable.” Using items of clothing as props can really help ease nerves.

If you have any pets together, why not include them in your photo shoot too? Kam always finds bringing pets along to the shoot allow couples to really show their personalities… and they make the most adorable props!

If you’d love to have your dogs by your side on your wedding day, make sure you read our top tips on how to include your dogs in your wedding day.

Couple with their pet dogs for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Couple with their pet dogs for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Moritz Schmittat Photography

Choosing Your Photographer

Some of the most important things to think about when you’re choosing a wedding photographer is whether you like their portfolio and their preferred editing styles, as well as if you feel comfortable around them.

“Being able to be completely at ease around your photographer is key,” Emma explained. “I often get told I have a very calming personality, as I’m able to take control of the shoot whilst also ease any fears in my couples.”

Couples posing looking into one another eyes for their engagment photo shoot with Emma-Jane Photography

Image by Emma-Jane Photography

Couple laughing for their engagment photo shoot - Emma-Jane Photography

Image by Emma-Jane Photography

Lots of couples aren’t too comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re worried your engagement photo shoot won’t flow too easily then Kam suggests choosing a creative photographer who can direct you if you need ideas and inspiration.

Emma suggests that you mustn’t forget your wedding budget at this point. Make sure you’re aware how much your wedding photographer’s service costs, and that there aren’t any hidden extra costs such as travel, before you make any commitments.

Read how to create a wedding budget for the best tips and tricks on budgeting for your wedding.

Finally… Look Natural!

Now for the tricky part: how do you feel comfortable enough to get those natural shots?

Most people aren’t too comfortable in front of the camera, and you’ll want to look as relaxed as possible in your wedding day and engagement images so make sure you use this time to build that all-important rapport with your photographer.

“After five minutes you’ll begin to relax, 45 minutes later you’re comfortable”, Jonathon commented. “I think the worst thing a photographer can do is to not rush things, and to observe how the couple respond throughout the shoot.”

Moritz’s top tip is to “be with each other and not with the camera.” Whilst Kam thinks it’s best to “talk to your partner during the shoot and to just let your photographer just follow you being natural.”

Couple laughing for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Abraxas Photography

Couple kissing by tree for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Jonathon Fowler Photography and Videography

Couple hugging for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Jonathon Fowler Photography and Videography

Couple kissing for their engagment photo shoot

Image by Emma-Jane Photography

Whether you’re considering an engagement photo shoot or not, it’s really important that you choose the right wedding photographer for your needs, so make sure you read our top tips on how to choose your wedding photographer.

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