Engagement shoot. E-shoot. Pre-wedding shoot.
Lots of names and lots of ways to describe it. None of which really fit. None really work.
I currently include an engagement shoot in my packages. This is especially great if you’re un-comfy in front of the camera. By the end of the shoot it’ll all be second nature and you’ll have a wee bit more confidence. It also gives me a chance to learn your face (so to speak) so I can shoot you to your best on the wedding day.
But more than that it’s about us getting to know each other and finding each other’s groove.
It’s also about me padding along behind whilst I try to get an idea of what makes you tick as a couple. It’s not about getting perfect poses and making something glossy to make you the envy of your friends (necessarily).
It’s about the two of you.
Who you are now.
Right now – before you do the great big wedding thing.
It’ll be fun. (I promise)
The best photography is a collaboration between the people either side of the camera and my aim is for us to create something dynamic and valid. I fear the onset of cuteness and pretty and don’t think that’s what a pre-wedding shoot should be about.
It should be about you two going about doing your thing and me documenting it in a way that’s much more real and honest than getting you two to stand in a pretty field and gaze at each other (although there may be a bit of that)
And so we’ll go for a wander with the cameras and then stop for coffee or something to eat and talk about the wedding and life and books and everything.