When did weddings become so complicated? If you’re planning your wedding, or are still ‘pre-engagement’, then you may have heard this complaint from members of your family, or you may even have wondered this yourself. Yes, it used to be a case of book the church or registry office, send out the invites a few months in advance and that’s it.
However, the wedding industry has boomed in recent years and expectations are high. No-one blinks at ‘save the date’ cards any more, and the latest trend is for engagement, or pre-wedding, photo shoots with a professional photographer. These can be a really lovely celebration of your engagement. Of course, it’s not usually a photograph of the actual moment of proposal, as most people are more private than this, although it’s not unheard of!
However, an engagement shoot doesn’t need to be a sweet or even particularly romantic affair, especially if this isn’t really your kind of thing.
Something a little bit different
Firstly, this is a great chance to do something fun, silly or unusual that you won’t want to do on your actual wedding day, when you’ll probably be more concerned with making sure you have all the formal group shots and other traditional wedding pics.
Secondly, choose a location or theme that you feel one hundred percent comfortable in. If the two of you aren’t comfortable, it will show in the photos and you’ll end up looking self-conscious.
Perhaps incorporate your hobby, whether that’s karate, ballroom dancing or rock-climbing. Speak to a few photographers and have a really good look at their portfolio to get a sense of their work. Opt for someone who’s comfortable with your style, whether that’s very traditional or something more unusual and creative, like nickrutterphotography.co.uk.
If you’re expecting a photographer to climb up to the top of a cliff-face, accept that you may have to make a few phone calls to find one willing to do so! It may make sense to use a local photographer who knows the area well, so if you’re in Hampshire or Dorset, speak to a Bournemouth wedding photographer, for example. It’s far more important to have someone who feels comfortable with your ideas, though.
Lastly, if you decide to have an engagement shoot, make sure you enjoy the day!