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PLANNING YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

 

 

CHOOSING A LOCATION

Its best to choose somewhere meaningful and relatable to you as a couple, bearing in mind your personalities. If you are a fun, bubbly, colourful couple its best to look for a similar location, below are a few suggestions to help you with this process. Remember your imagination is your only limitation.

You are welcome to bring your dog along however please bring someone to look after them whilst you are having some photos of just the two of you. Maximum of 2 persons per shoot.

 

Fun and lively activities – fair ground, pumpkin patch, strawberry picking, sports stadiums, ice rink, go-karting horse riding, zoos and aquariums, maze, rent a boat, mini golf, hot air balloon ride.

Chilled and relaxed – old streets and coffee shops, woods, nature reserves, botanical gardens, the beach, lakes, parks, meadows, butterfly house.

Quirky and unusual – graffiti, art murals, urban buildings, festival, amusements.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER
  • how beautiful is the locations you have in mind are (the more beautiful the better!)

  • Which season/weather is best for your location and idea

  • Will we need to postpone the shoot if the weather is bad

  • Access; is there parking, toilet facilities close by (not always required but helpful)

  • Some locations will need to be contacted to grant access.

  • What time will be best for the location, some locations may be extremely busy during peak times, we may need to arrange the shoot early or during a weekday.

  • There may be rules and limitations set by the location, sometimes there may be an admission and/or photographic fee you will need to pay for. You will only need to pay for your own entry and/or photographic fee, the photographer will cover their own entry costs.

 

WHAT TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

CASUAL ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

This shoot offers a more relaxed casual look, however, at times can lack impact and/or interest, this is completely dependent on the location choice and other varying circumstances. 

STYLED ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Styled engagement shoots offer a more 'dressed up' approach, the outcome of these images are of a higher production value and always have far more impact than the casual engagement shoots. Below is a list you should consider having for your styled engagement shoot. Please remember you need to be styled from head to toe!

 

BRIDE TO BE GROOM TO BE

- formal dress

- dress shoes

- bouquet

- flower crown

 

- suit or similar

- smart shoes

- buttonhole

- ring box

 

  

WHAT TO WEAR

Here are some tips if you are unsure on what to wear, it’s a good idea to look at Pinterest and see what others have worn for their engagement shoots. Try and dress for the occasion, I recommend dressing smart/casual to smart as this will look better for in the photos. If you are concerned about your outfit choices please contact me.

  • Dress smart/casual or smart, try to dress as stylish as possible but within your own taste. It’s a good idea to consider the location you have chosen; will it look good in the location you are shooting in?

  • Avoid wearing, trainers, tracksuits or active wear, sunglasses or transition lenses. Unless the shoot specifically calls for it.

  • Make sure your outfits work together and don’t clash, never wear matching outfits. it’s a good idea to stick with a colour scheme that will also look great at your chosen location.

Please bring/wear suitable footwear. 

 

PROPS OR NO PROPS

Sometimes a prop is all you need to turn a great idea into an awesome shoot, it also gives you a flexibility with the shots we can capture. Here is a list of props that make your engagement photos even better.

 

  • Sparklers

  • Helium balloons

  • smoke bombs

  • confetti

  • wedding date sign

  • powder paint

  • bubbles, etc.

 

Please let the photographer know if you plan to bring props. (especially for smoke bombs, paint powder or sparklers, as the appropriate authorities may need to be informed)