UK Wedding Photographer
The aim of this blog is to provide you with 6 great tips for your Engagement session. We have included what we believe to be important advice and things to consider such as, location, clothing, hair and makeup and other tips.
All of the information included will help your session run smoothly and ensure that we are able to produce some wonderful imagery that you can have and hold forever.
When you think of your engagement session what do you visualise? An open field? Urban brick? A weeping willow tree? What is it that you feel suits the two of you the most? Are there any special locations that might be ideal for your engagement shoot? If not, don’t fret! It is not about where you are but who you are with. A lot of couples leave the location up to us which means we get to scope out spots ahead of time. The way we shoot the focus is on you and your beautiful faces, not the background. However, if there is a place that is special to you, or you would like to include a family heirloom, a pet or something else that is meaningful we would love to incorporate this into your images!
Don’t feel like you need to go on a mega shopping spree for your engagement session (but if you do more power to you) We want you to be comfortable, we want you to connect with your images. So if you are a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, then rock it on with full colour. Our couple often bring an outfit change to their session.
Most choose for a dressier option (eg: a flowy maxi dress) and a casual option (eg: jeans and a blouse) We have made a little Pinterest board for inspiration but are always open for chat wardrobe. Don’t feel that you have to opt for plain classics the entire time. Have fun with colour texture and a variety of styles!
This is all so you can remember this special time in your lives, so why hold back!
3. Hair & Makeup
We cannot stress this enough girls, really! Professional hair and makeup make a world of difference. As photographers it excites us to know our girls are spending the day getting pampered before a session. It allows you to relax, feel beautiful and confident! There is nothing like a set of lashes to bring out your inner model. Consider using this time as a test run with your makeup artist and use your session as a time to evaluate your wedding day look and how it will photograph. Ladies, if you can swing it please consider getting your hair and makeup done for your session! We promise you it will make a world of difference and you will look and feel absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and we are right here if you need any recommendations!
Timing is everything for your session. As natural light photographers we plan sessions around the lighting of the day. We usually begin them 90 minutes prior to sunset, which will allow for an outfit and location change while shooting in golden hour. Being on time means we do not cut into your session time. Once the sun goes down there isn’t much we can do, so staying on track with timing and lighting is the best way to ensure gorgeous images. This also means that at times we may have to reschedule your session due to the weather.
This is the whole reason you chose your photographer, right? Because they know the best lighting, the best poses and the best techniques to make you both look and feel like supermodels! Now its time for you to take a deep breath and trust the person you chose to work with you. The more trust you place in us the more free we will be to create the images you will love. You may initially feel uncomfortable and awkward but in-between those moments come little gems of authentic interactions that can only happen when two people really are in love. Relinquish the control, give trust out freely and let go of your expectations.
6. Have Fun
Have Fun! This is such an exciting time in your lives. We know that engagement sessions can seem nerve wrecking but it’s important to go in with an open mind and the ability to laugh. We want you to flirt your brains out, love each other and just have fun, we might even finish the session with a bottle of champagne and we promise that you will love these beautiful images for years to come. Engagement sessions are the perfect time to hang out with your photographer, get comfortable in front of the camera and flirt with your soon to be spouse! What more could a girl ask for?
Your wedding photography experience is of great importance to us. We offer you a portfolio that showcases all your bespoke details whilst capturing the genuine emotions of your day, I ensure that you will enjoy every minute working together with us. We collaborate with you between now and your wedding day, communicating your thoughts, passions and ideas so that together we can create a gallery you will cherish forever.
The following is based on full day coverage from preparation to party.
I love this part of the day for the tension building excitement. I document all your pretty details. Invitations, Dress, Shoes, Garter, Perfume and everything that you want to remembered on your big day.
Not all chaps want to document ‘getting ready’ so maybe we could meet you at the bar pre-ceremony to capture some last minute antics with your Groomsmen. But if you do, we would love to be there to snap some natural, documentary style images of you and your friends during your preparation.
Maybe you are singing your vows or getting married by a friend on a beach? Whichever way you choose to tie the knot this is the time for us to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you are having a religious ceremony we may have to check the rules for photography. This is important information to find out in advance so you know what we will be permitted during your ceremony.
The reception is a great time to take any portraits you may want. These are heirloom memories you will have for years to come! You may decide on a formal look or informal relaxed group gathering. We advise up to 10 groups maximum. Oh and don’t forget if your pooch is attending your big day a portrait with them is a must!
We then capture the details of your Wedding Breakfast and the candid moments of your guests enjoying your reception.
Once the speeches are over you may decide to cut your cake.
This is probably the only time you will have alone together and our couples always love this part of the day for that reason. Couples portraits take around 20-30 minutes unless you have chosen to drive to a separate location on route to your reception. The best time is golden hour, just before the sun goes down. If your timeline is fixed and you are eating during golden hour perhaps we can capture most of the images beforehand and then sneak out for 5 minutes at sun-down? If you need help with your timeline let us know. We don’t like to pose you too much, this is your time together to go for a stroll, kick off your shoes and just have a damn good giggle about what just happened!
THE WEDDING VENUE
Maybe you are getting married in a country house, a castle or ruins overlooking the ocean? Wherever you choose to tie the knot, our aim is to capture your venue in all its glory.
Your groom may be performing a striptease, maybe you have taken Argentinian Tango lessons or maybe you are just opting for a traditional first dance! If you choose our all-inclusive collection we will be there to capture whatever moves you make!
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Roberta and Johnny tied the knot in her home town of Avola, Sicily surrounded by close family and friends. They chose to have their couple portraits taken at Avola beach amongst the ancient ruins followed by a reception at Nuovo Castello Crisilio