Wedding Day Tips: Making the Most of Engagement Shoots

It's approaching the 14th of February, so you can almost guarantee your Facebook Timeline is going to be full of newly engaged couples, let's be honest it is a little bit exciting! If that couple is you, CONGRATS, you may just find a few handy tips in the WEDDING DAY TIPS category.  Your next step is probably to start contacting the venues and photographers of your choice, a word you're probably going to hear a lot is Pre Wedding Shoots/ Engagement Shoots! Like most people, you probably have no idea what the photographer is talking about, but here's a little bit more info.

Pre Wedding Shoots are an awesome way for you to get together and meet your photographer.I do believe having an engagement photo session is important for several reasons. First, this time allows you, as a couple, to get comfortable in front of the camera, and figure out how you work best together before the main event. Next, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating some fun, memorable images for wall portraits, your wedding guest book, guest signature board and Thank You cards (shot early enough, you can also use the images for your Save the Date cards and invitations). Engagement portraits also add another dimension to your wedding album, documenting your story from fiancees to husband and wife. Best of all, you can remember this special time forever with personal memories of just the two of you.

So what should you do to get the best out of your pre wedding shoot? 

Pick An Awesome Location

The location is mega important when it comes to engagement shoots and it's good to have an idea as a couple of some locations. Think about the collection of images you want to receive after the shoot, maybe you want to have a contrast from your wedding pictures. So if you're getting married in a castle or lovely estate maybe those gritty urban landscapes will be the perfect contrast?  

If you're completely stuck think about places that mean something to you as a couple. The Town or place you first met, the place they proposed or your home town. A location with a variety of backdrops is always key and don't assume it all has to be outside, you may fancy taking your photographer for a drink at your favourite bar so they can snap some informal shots. You could even consider doing an activity such as bowling, bike riding or something crazy like climbing a mountain, for me as a photographer the crazier the better! 

Also consider the time of year, if you're tying the knot in summer you may want to contrast the season by having a Winter or Autumn engagement shoot. Autumn is my favourite time of year to shoot, you should consider taking advantage of how beautiful the landscape looks during this time of year.   

What the Hell to Wear?

It's a simple answer, pick something that you feel comfortable in and that's 'you' If you just want to rock up in your favourite band t-shirt, jeans and converse then do it but you might always want to be a little bit more creative or even use it as an excuse to go out and buy a new outfit. 

Without putting too much effort into it, consider how your outfits work together. Consider outfits that compliment each other without looking like you're both wearing the same wardrobe. 

I usually suggest not to worry too much about hair and make up for the ladies, but if you're engagement shoot has less focus on the location and more just about the two of you, having your hair and make up done by a proffesional may be a good idea. I know a lot of brides in the past have had hair and make up trials before their pre wedding shoot.  

Just Not Your Thing

Finally, most photographers offer pre wedding shoots as a complimentary or payed extra so it's not set in stone that you have to do it. If you really couldn't think of anything worse then speak to your photographer, they should always offer to meet up with you a few times before the wedding regardless if you choose an engagement shoot or not. With or without an engagement shoot it's important you both feel comfortable with your photographer and vice versa. 

Have you planned an awesome location for your pre wedding shoot? Do you have any tips for making the most of this experience ?