Monday, 30 April 2012

Put A Ring In It - Why bother with an engagement photoshoot?

It's a trend that started in America and I didn't realise how popular it was becoming until I learned that two acquaintences of mine had done one before their April nuptials last year.  What is the point of such a thing one wonders?  They're an extra expense,  and what value do they really serve?

Personal touches are all the rage when it comes to weddings at the moment.  Couples want their big day to be reflection of who they are as people, and rightly so.  As part of this, there is a notable trend towards couples printing up wedding invitations featuring photographs of themselves.  This is especially useful for guests who have only ever met one part of the couple, e.g. work colleagues, those living abroad, etc.

Sometimes you can get to the wedding planning and realise that you've not got a single image of the two of you together as a couple.  You've been together for years, but somehow just not managed to ever get in the same frame as each other.  It happens.  An engagement shoot certainly corrects that problem.

It also gives you an opportunity to get to know how photographers and photography work.  There's no pressure during an engagement shoot so you'll have plenty of time to ask questions: what does that do?  Which positions look best?  How do you make the most of the light?  Think of it as a dress rehearsal for your big day.  It's an added bonus if you're using the same photographer that you plan to use for your wedding, but it's not essential.

One of the best reasons I can think of for having an engagement shoot is simply to have some 'time' together as a couple.  Weddings are pretty stressful things and they can take their toll on your relationship.  An engagement shoot gives the two of you time together to enjoy each other's company and remember why it is you decided to get married.  Have the shoot in a place that means something to both of you.  Keep the pictures as reminder of everything you feel right in that moment.

Remember: marriage is hard work, the wedding is just the beginning.

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