I love doing engagement shoots. I will often do them about a month before the wedding. Engagement photography or a pre shoot is very important I think for several reasons. The first is a good excuse to see the couple again before the wedding. Another reason is so the couple can go through the entire procedure of having their pics taken and seeing the pictures all post produced, show their friends and family on facebook all before the wedding day. I think this is important as I think it gives the couple a boost of confidence not just in the final product (ie. their pics) but how I operate in achieving the pics. They know I am not going to be a nightmare on the day and can see how we achieve the pictures. The way I approach a pre shoot is to try to inspire the couple to make their own pictures. I know alot of photograhers who do pose pics, pose everything in the picture. Now my attitude is almost to prompt the pics instead of posing them encoraging the couple to just do stuff they would normally do, in essense making their own pictures. An example I often give is…
” if you walk towards me just holding hands, all I can do is photograph you just holding hands” It seems obvious but I go on to chat to them about trying different things ,like, keep moving, be aware of where the camera is and also point out i don’t want a pantomime approach to it, ie piggybacks and novelty things they may have seen when looking at wedding pics but real things that they do together. A lot happens in a second and little looks and squeezes and the brief moments of thought and genuine moments created by the couple I want to capture, that is my job, to capture.
I think looking back as well the couple will see the pictures as genuinely them as opposed to seeing themselves stylized in very odd poses with heads cut off surrounded by vintage typewriters, picnic blankets and percy pigs!
I love this shoot that I did last week. I was so lucky with the light and the mist. A dream come true as far as light for a pre shoot, it was amazing. The couple whos wedding is this weekend were amazing as well, they are really lovely and I have high expectation for their wedding this Saturday. They are so lovely togther and combined with this light and a bit of mist was a great morning
Hope you like -AG
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