5 Reasons You Should Totally Book a Pre-Wedding Engagement Photoshoot

Why Should you Book an Engagement Shoot?

Squeezing in a photoshoot with your husband- or wife-to-be before your wedding might be the last thing on your mind. I’m here to tell you that you should totally not miss out!

Here’s a few reasons why…

A blonde woman with red lipstick is sitting on her financé's lap with her hand on the back of his head. The camera is focussed on her engagement ring — an aquamarine and diamond cluster ring with yellow gold band.

Practice Makes Perfect

On your wedding day, we’ll have 20 minutes or so after the ceremony, and maybe another 10 minutes later on as the sun’s going down, to get your couples photos. It’s not long and it’ll fly by. Your engagement shoot is the perfect chance to get a little more comfortable in front of the camera. 

We can get some key looks nailed, and once you’ve seen the photos you’ll be able to see that those things I asked you to do (like practice your first dance, or go to kiss each other with your teeth) feel really awkward but look really ace.

Then on the wedding day, when I say kiss with your teeth, you won’t look at me like I’m a weirdo. 

Even though you totally should, because I am 🙂

A young, engaged couple wearing winter coats are dancing on the brow of a wide path in a forest. The trees in the background are a blend of greens and yellows.
Katie + JJ totally printed their images for the house AND the best men printed them for speech props. Double-whammy!

Get Good Use of Your Images

As well as the obvious uses like printing for the walls and whacking on Insta, if we time your engagement photos right, you could use the images as part of your invitations too!

A young, engaged couple are sitting in a clearing by a lake, both stroking a Yorkiepoo.

Check Out Your Venue

The perfect venue for your pre-shoot is your wedding venue itself. This is the perfect chance for us all check out the building, grounds and surrounding area, and work out the best spots for your wedding portraits. 

You’ll have loads of lovely photos in your regular clothes AND we’ll be able to whizz through your couples photos on the wedding day without missing out on Aunty Sue playing giant Jenga. Bish, bash, bosh.

If we plan your engagement photos for the same time of year as your wedding, it’ll be a great excuse to go and see your venue just how it’ll look for your day. If we go at another time of year, you’ll have two sets of photos showing your venue in all its seasonal gorgeousness. Win-Win.

A young, engaged couple, both wearing winter coats, embrace on the path in Macclesfield Forest. The female laughs while looking at the camera, while the male smiles and looks at her adoringly.
Totally taking credit for the laid-back look here… No idea what I said, but it must have been either completely hilarious or entirely ridiculous 🙂

Spend Time with Me 

Obviously, this is the top reason and needs no explaining… 😛

In all seriousness, it’s a perfect chance for us to get together before you get hitched, so on the day it’ll feel like I’m one of the guests and you’re comfortable with me getting up in your grill with my camera.

A young, casually dressed couple embrace by the side of a lake. The young man embraces his fiancée from behind, while kissing her neck. The young woman laughs.

Make a Date of It

I’d really recommend going to the extra effort of picking out something gorgeous to wear that suits you down to the ground and pampering yourself. 

Even if you’re going for a casual look in your photos, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of hair & makeup. Bonus tip: if you’re getting a make up trail done, this could be the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.

Then once you’re all dolled up, it would be a shame to let it go to waste after the photos are taken. Book a table somewhere, or head to the bar for a celebratory tipple or two (five).

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