In this guide I will be covering useful tips to make planning your engagement session that little bit easier. I will be covering why would you choose an engagement session, choosing a location, what  to wear and what to do in front of the camera.

 

Engagement shoot guide.

Why choose to do an engagement session?

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Simply put, engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day.

 

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Choosing a location

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Where to start? Choosing a location personal to yourselves is a great option. Maybe you got engaged at a certain place or you have a favourite place you like to go and walk your dog together? Maybe you love urban environments and coffee shops, or maybe you can’t wait to climb mountains and explore nature at the weekend? Location choices can be personal but if you are stuck for ideas I’d be happy to help you find a great location for your shoot.

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Here’s a few considerations when picking a location. Photography is all about light, (is it a coincidence my name means light?) Although there can be exceptions to every rule, you generally want to pick a location with plenty of natural light. If it’s a rainy day, somewhere in doors with big windows and bright walls would suit well, like a museum, or your favourite coffee shop. Is your location interesting? Is there plenty of diversity and change in your environment, or is it static and unchanging? The best times are towards the end of the day when the sun is setting as mid day tends to cast harsh shadows on faces and you don’t want to be squinting into the sun. The time of day is not as important for overcast days so you might not need to worry about that in this country!

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What to wear?

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Engagement shoots should be an expression of yourself so dressing in your own style is important!  Dressing for your location is important too, like comfortable footwear for climbing mountains etc. I do recommend dressing casual/smart as you want to look your best in your photos, for example don’t wear your gym gear, big logos or an unflattering coat with a big hood (unless you have planned to lift weights during your shoot!) Don’t be afraid of bright primary colours to stand out against your surroundings or even dressing up more fancy, but do try to dress in similar styles. Even a change of clothes might be great for different moods during your shoot. Are you wearing your favourite sweater? Bring along a dinner jacket to wear later on for a change in mood. Props might be a good idea also. For example you might want to bring along your guitar or bring a picnic to enjoy together?

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Engagement shoot guide

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What to do in front of the camera?

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I dislike overly posed and staged photos. What I love is to capture the personality and love between the couples in my shoots. I may give a few pointers and tips but I want you to be yourselves and feel comfortable in front of my camera and that’s what comes through in my photos. So relax, have a cup of tea together, laugh, and enjoy each others company.

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Engagement shoot guide

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I hope this guide has helped you. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

Luke

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