Why do an engagement Shoot?

If you hate the camera there’s all the more reason to!

Even rockstars have said that although famous and have had bazillions of photos taken on them, they still tense up in front of the camera. As a photographer, I too tense up, and I have this strange sensation that my nostrils are flaring. So why on earth have another shoot in light of your wedding?

1. Getting to know the camera!
Your photographer can help teach you tricks on how to place your hands elegantly so your digits look less like party sausages, or what poses look better for your silhouette.

2. Having a taste of what’s to come
Stephen Fry said it’s hard to like yourself on screen because it is the opposite to how we see ourselves in the mirror. Everything is backwards! You’ll be able to see from these images if you prefer yourself looking smiley or serious, chin up or chin down etc!

3. One to one with your wedding photographer
It’s a great time to bond and for your photographer to understand your preferences about yourself. I personally don’t like my goofy teeth and I can often hunch my shoulders when not paying attention if in front of the lens, so I would tell my ‘tog this so on the wedding day the odd “Shoulders back!.. Face a little that way” can help get more money shots on the day and also make the couple shots go quicker meaning less time away from your guests. The more you know your photographer the more you will feel comfortable too, meaning you will just look more natural in the shots.

4. A reason to buy yourself more outfits!
Don’t need to elaborate on this surely

5. A relaxing day together
A couple once said on a shoot with me that they had been a little nervous, but actually they barely noticed I was there and got to spend the day in one of their favourite places looking into each other’s eyes!

6. Professional photos for your online wedding site or invitations.
Many couples are now going digital with their own websites for guests to check on the timetable, address, and other things such as important updates as well as the traditional paper invitations. Having such lovely photos are perfect for these types of things.

So it’s really not that bad and actually has many perks. So book a day just for you two (and even bring children and / or pets if you like) and spend it in your favourite hideaway. It lasts for a couple of hours so I would suggest taking yourselves off for dinner after. If not, why not?! Wedding planning is so stressful you deserve the treat.

stephanielouisegreen

Stephanie is a documentary wedding photographer covering all parts of the UK. Authentic, alternative, narrative.

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