South London Wedding Photographer – 5 things to think about before your engagement shoot.
Let me just start of by saying that I’m a big believer in engagement sessions!
First, they allow you and the wedding photographer to connect before the big day in a much less pressured situation… and in consequence be on the same wavelength on your wedding day. You will have a chance to get used to being in front of your photographer’s camera and get comfortable with the way your wedding photographer directs you. And for those of you who don’t like to be photographed – hopefully you will discover it’s not as bad as you thought which will take some pressure off your wedding day. Needless to say, it is also your opportunity to make sure you like your photographer’s work!
Here are my 5 tips on things to think about when preparing for your engagement session:
1. Location, location, location – working as a London wedding photographer made me discover so many wonderful places scattered around this amazing city that can become a backdrop for your engagement shoot. While I’m always happy to suggest a place, the engagement sessions I love the most are the ones where the couple chooses a location that is special for them: perhaps a local market by that very first flat you rented together, or a park in south London where you used to spend lazy Sunday afternoons picnicking, drinking Pimms and talking for hours. Let’s make this session very personal to you so that your photographs become your real treasure.
2. Don’t worry about wardrobe too much but keep one thing in mind: if you want to look good in front of the camera you should feel truly comfortable. What this means is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a new outfit – you are really much better off going for that favourite pair of jeans. Of course, an engagement shoot is a great excuse to buy that pair of earrings or that great scarf you’ve been dying to have, but don’t think you have to be wearing killer stilettos if it’s not your style and you know your feet will be killing you ten minutes into the shoot. When coordinating outfits with your other half, think of clothes that go well together, but are not too matchy. One last thing I would say though is that it’s best to avoid logos on your clothes, or anything that will be too telling of when the picture was taken – timeless is key!
3. Don’t forget your beauty sleep.
4. I will aim to schedule the session for when the light is best – this will vary, depending on the season and weather: it can be an evening in the summer, or a morning in the winter. Trust your wedding photographer on this and please please please be on time so that your pictures benefit from having the best possible natural light.
5. If you can, try to book your hair and make up trial on the same day so that you look and feel amazing when you are photographed. We will be taking pictures where your engagement ring takes the spotlight so don’t forget the manicure too. And (just my personal two pence!), I suggest a romantic dinner in the evening (as you will be looking gorgeous) so that you can celebrate your engagement and raise a glass to a day of great fun you had together.