DO YOU NEED AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?

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If you’ve already started wedding planning then I’m sure you’ve come across hundreds of images of inspiration on Pinterest already for pre-wedding/engagement shoots…but does it mean you need one? 

As with anything, its all down to personal preference, but I really enjoy shooting them so I’ve put together a few points below as to why I think they’re a great idea:

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  • Photos of this special time

Realistically how often do you take pictures together - perhaps the odd selfie here and there? Maybe when you’re dressed up at another wedding? I know that’s what I end up with at the end of the year and I always wish I had taken more pictures of those personal moments. I love looking back at pictures of me and my partner when we first met a whopping 9 years ago, those years run away from you in a heartbeat! Getting engaged is such a special time of your life and having images to record this moment is something you will cherish forever. You’ll look back on them in 10, 20, 30 years and remember that favourite blue jumper you liked her in, or that time he had a beard that you loved (or not!). This is such a precious time of your lives and having a set of photos that you can show your families in year to come is pretty special.

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  • Confidence in front of the camera 

You might be thinking ‘But we’re not doing a Vogue cover shoot!’ on your wedding day - and of course, I focus more on the natural moments and don’t overly pose you in anyway. But those natural moments are what I’m best at, and they only come out when you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. I find that couples who have had a pre-wedding shoot know what to expect on their wedding day and are much more relaxed and confident when I pick my camera up. Don’t worry though, I do have techniques and I do have tips that can help get you there but if we’ve already done this prior to your wedding day - it will save you worrying about the pictures when all you should be thinking about is enjoying your day with your new husband/wife and your friends and family.

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  • Getting to know each other

A pre-wedding shoot gives us a chance to get to know each other better too. Obviously we have chatted before - whether that’s face to face or over Skype and we already know a little bit about each other. But this is where all the quirks, the in-jokes, those little looks (of affection!) come out that I’ll be observing and remembering. You’ll learn how I shoot (very relaxed, don’t worry) so you’ll feel comfortable with me. You’re not just a bride and groom to me, you have trusted me with your wedding photography and I want to get to know you so you get the best out of your wedding pictures on your special day. 

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  • Incorporate them into the wedding

These images are not just for keeping on your computer - print them, display them. Show them off! Use them at your wedding reception - past couples have used them as part of their table plan, you could print them out and put them in your guest book, scatter them around the room with twine and pegs, print them on table cloths (too far?). There’s so many options.  

If you’d like to book a shoot or find out more then send me an email hello@joannecrawford.com and we’ll get the ball rolling!