Engagement Photoshoot

Friday, July 26, 2013

One of the latest US trends to arrive in Britain is an engagement shoot. They are a great way for couples to practice posing for the camera and to build up a friendship with us as photographers - as a result they are so much more relaxed on their wedding day and know just how to pose for the camera.

Most couples are not used to standing in front of a camera for a few minutes, let alone all day, so an engagement shoot is a great way for them to feel more comfortable about smiling for the camera and to see that with a professional behind the camera and a little direction they can look great in pictures!

In fact, most couples that we photograph tend to say that they have no photographs of them together, as one or both of them doesn't like having their picture taken. So with an engagement shoot this barrier is smashed immediately as they grow in confidence.

So what do we do on an engagement shoot? We take couples somewhere locally that means something to them as a couple and have an hours photoshoot. We guide them into different poses that they are comfortable with and explain why we setup certain shots in the way we do, so that when it comes to it on the big day they are naturals!

They also bring along props that say something about their personalities, whether it is a bunch of balloons, a picnic basket or some scrabble tiles! And as a result we have a whole host of great photos, which we edit and then send to the couple on a disc in the highest quality.

The photos make perfect wedding invitations, and look great printed large to display on the wedding day. They also make lovely presents as a thank you to your parents, and look great on the living room wall, as well as your Facebook profile picture!

Here a selection of photos from a couple of recent engagement shoots. We photographed the wedding of the first couple last weekend, so will show you a few of their wedding photos in the near future - needless to say they were fantastic in front of the camera thanks to their engagement shoot, and have become good friends!


A wet and windy wedding day

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Every bride and groom spend days, months and years planning their big day down to the finest detail. The one thing they can't plan is the good old English weather. So what happens if it pours down with rain on your wedding day?

Tim and Libby got married this May at the beautiful Abbey in Malmesbury, Wiltshire - the most incredible location in the historic former English capital. They were joined by family and friends for their special day. Unfortunately they were also joined by gale force winds and heavy rain.

As photographers we obviously want to get great photos of you on your wedding day, that you will treasure forever. At the same time, we don't want you to get cold, wet and ill and end up remembering your wedding day for all the wrong reasons!

The happy couple stayed dry and warm during the entire wedding shoot, with some handy umbrellas coming in very useful at various points, and the building keeping the rain off. And when the rain stopped for a moment and blue skies appeared then we headed out into the open to get those shots with dramatic skies. For most of the following shots we had rain coming down at 45 degrees, with wind so strong it was whipping umbrellas inside out.

With a little bit of editing the photos have a lovely warm feel and no sign of any rain, so no matter what the weather on the big day - don't panic, Jamie and Jackie will find ways to capture stunning photos of your wedding day!

Congratulations to Tim and Libby!
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