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A guest feature by our friends and Essex wedding photographers Amanda Karen Photography


When you think of lavender fields your mind probably instantly wanders to Provence, at least mine does. But time and time again I am reminded of the beautiful, almost destination wedding-esque vibes that we have here in the UK. This was definitely the case when Danielle and Joe wanted to have their engagement shoot in the lavender fields in Hitchin (others are available!)

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Now, much like blossom season, lavender season is also a finite period and slightly fickle due to the weather, so we were on lavender alert so that we could pick the right time in the summer. As luck would have it, on the day of the shoot, the weather was perfect and getting there early meant that we had rows upon rows of lavender to ourselves. It was the perfect setting for Danielle and Joe, and actually they used some of the images to complement their wedding décor too, which I always love to see!

Do you really need an engagement shoot? Here's why it helps, with Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset (11)
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Spring comes to wedding bloggers in a flurry of engagement shoot submissions and I LOVE it! At this time of year summer wedding planning hits new heights – couples are ordering wedding invitations and booking those last key suppliers, and it kind of feels like summer weddings will be here before we know it! Many of you will be checking in with your photographers and quite possibly having an engagement shoot in the next few weeks. Yay for you if you are – I promise, you’ll love it! Today I’m sharing some advice with those of you who might not be sure if you need an engagement shoot… because I just happen to have seven pretty solid reasons why engagement shoots are brilliant!

Do you really need an engagement shoot? Here's why it helps, with Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset (6)

This article was inspired by Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography, whose article “Why you really should have an engagement shoot” makes for inspiring reading! All images shown here are by Robin Goodlad.

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A guest article by Emily Black Photography

Engagement shoots are not only a great chance to get to know your wedding photographer and how they work, they also really help couples feel at ease in front of the camera. Most of my couples really don’t like the thought of having their photo taken and feel a bit uneasy about the prospect of couple shots during their wedding.

What’s great about having a pre-wedding shoot is that you find how just how natural it can be. You can find out what works for you when it comes to poses and we have the luxury of time so I can guide you on what looks great. Then, when it comes to your big day, you naturally fall into the poses that suit you best.

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What to wear for your engagement shoot

When you’re choosing your outfits, keep your location in mind. So, if you’re having your engagement shoot in a woodland then you would want to avoid wearing green!

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I have the loveliest shoot for all of you dreamers out there today… Andy and Adam are the sweetest couple along with beautiful Buster – and their story is so romantic! They told me they met one night in a bar and hit it off instantly. “We broke all the rules and within a month we were living together. 4 months in, and Buster our baby (puppy) came along into our lives, and the rest is history as they say! Exactly 8 years after we met, we tied the knot and we’re currently preparing to embark on a honeymoon of a lifetime…

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The proposal arrived from Adam on NYE 2012, after the fireworks rang in on a white sandy beach in Thailand… but, the fun stopped there!… Adam had borrowed the proposal ring and shortly lost it in the sand… 2 hours of searching for it went by, thankfully in the end the ring was found! We headed to a small local jeweller the next day, where we had personalised sterling silver rings made on the island where Adam proposed.

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Words & images by Amanda Karen Photography

Most couples we photograph have never planned a wedding before and have no idea what to expect, the same can be said for having their photograph taken professionally.  Of course, we have all had photos taken on nights out, family trips out and probably love the odd selfie, but it’s very different being in front of a professional lens!   And whilst lots of people have food tastings, dress fittings, practice speeches and may have a rehearsal dinner, they don’t think about practicing for their portraits.  And that’s exactly what an engagement shoot is, it’s your dry run.

Your engagement shoot is the best time for you to practice being in front of the camera, really get to understand what it’s like being photographed by your chosen wedding photographer and to see how awesome the results are.   Plus you get gorgeous images of the two of you to put up in your home, use as save the dates or even as your table plan.

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Do ask your wedding photographer about an engagement shoot – it’s one of the loveliest things you can do in the run up to your wedding (and a brilliant, fun and romantic escape from wedding planning!)

Engagement photo shoot at London's Blenheim Palace by Patryk Stanisz (16)

Contact & Bookings: Patryk Stanisz Photography

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Kasi and Robert went to Blenheim Palace for their engagement shoot with London wedding photographer Patryk Stanisz, and I love how the images capture their relationship at a moment in time… there’s a lot to be said for memories of those precious days just before your wedding, don’t you think?

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Engagement photo shoot at London's Blenheim Palace by Patryk Stanisz (13)

It was definitely the coldest day in England last autumn. Despite this Kasi and Robert were the smiliest couple I have ever photographed. The photo session took place in Blenheim Palace, a very beautiful place and really worth seeing – it’s the perfect place to relax or have a romantic picnic in the summer time.”
Patryk was a great photographer – we would definitely recommend him!! He took our engagement photos and they turned out even better than expected. He is great with lighting and composition. He also was able to capture our playful personality perfectly. You can’t get better value for money in the area.” ~ Kasi & Robert

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Do you remember the moment one of you said yes? When suddenly you’d made that first step towards a lifetime together, and your heart was fit to burst with being so much in love? Stepping from being just a couple head over heels in love and enjoying every small adventure together, into planning a wedding can be… daunting. It’s so, so important to keep making amazing memories as you plan your wedding – and I think an engagement shoot is the perfect way to capture some of the romance and excitement of your pre-wedding months.

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All images: Charlotte & Andy by Jennifer Jane Photography, Devon

 

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There are many, many reasons to have a photoshoot before your wedding. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer, relax in front of the camera, perhaps explore your venue  or just have a fun day out.

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Over the last week or two I’ve noticed something interesting: when couples complete their little interview to feature on the blog, they’re mentioning how they felt about having their photos taken. And those who’ve given the most glowing reviews for their photographers have had one thing in common: they had an engagement shoot.

Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (8)

All images in today’s article are from engagement shoots by Duncan McCall Photography

I’m all for engagement shoots for three reasons: they’re a fun day out for you as a couple, they totally sort out your camera shyness before the big day, and you’ll really get to know your photographer. So I’m ever so happy that Duncan McCall, a top wedding photographer from Newcastle upon Tyne, has offered to share his thoughts on engagement shoots. This is well worth a read – and worth sharing the link with your other half if they might be a little camera-shy! Over to Duncan…

Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (16)Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (17)

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Whatever your plans, I hope you have an amazing, loved-up, romantic and special day. (Or – if Valentine’s isn’t your thing, I hope you still have an amazing, loved-up, romantic day… just because it’s Saturday and why not 🙂

London Southbank engagement Heni Fourie Photography (22)

I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect than an engagement shoot to share with you today. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest of the year – I can almost hear questions being ‘popped’ all over the country – so if you’re brand new and shiny engaged today, congratulations!!!

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Our engagement shoot: Alaina + Peter

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What an amazing day! We had so much fun spending time with Heni at London Southbank. Heni was fantastic giving us some direction to ensure he captured the light and angles perfectly in these photographs. His professional, relaxed approach really helped us feel at ease. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from friends and family and are so grateful to have such a talented photographer to share this exciting time in our lives. Cannot wait to make more memories with you Heni, thank you! You are one of a kind! I highly recommend Heni Fourie Photography to anyone looking for a professional, friendly and affordable photographer with a true passion for his work.
~ Alaina & Peter (as posted on Google+)

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I stumbled across these gorgeous images of Ali and Terry’s engagement shoot at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and couldn’t resist showing you – such a stunning couple and the photographs are fabulous! They’re ballroom dancers and I love how graceful and fun their images are – it’s also a wonderful showcase of engagement shoots and will, I hope, encourage you to book one of your own!

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Images are all by lovely Derbyshire wedding photographer Jon Cripwell at www.joncripwell.co.uk

Nottingham wedding photography (1)Jon is a great advocate of engagement shoots for four reasons: to help get to know your photographer, to be at ease with the camera, to get some lovely (non-wedding) portraits and so your photographer will learn which image styles you like best. (Read more here)

I totally agree with him: engagement shoots are such a brilliant idea, and I have another reason too: they allow you a little special couple time together in all the frenzy of wedding planning. What better excuse to have a day where you can enjoy each other’s company and have a bit of fun?! Ali and Terry did it with such style, I think they’re amazing…
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From the romance of Yorkshire to the magic of Florence… I couldn’t resist sharing this enchanting engagement shoot by lovely destination wedding photographer Rik Pennington.

Rik Pennington Photography (1) I’ll never forget the times I spent living in Italy as a student. I visited Florence from my home in Trieste, and loved the hustle and bustle – but photographer Rik, along with gorgeous couple (ridiculously so… aren’t they?) Giorgia and Filippo explored the quieter streets, full of real untouched Italian charm and atmosphere.

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Rik Pennington Photography (2) From the quiet romance of Florence’s back streets to the sights and memories of the Ponte Vecchio, this engagement shoot is so perfect, don’t you think? Are there favourite secret places you’d love to explore in your home town or on a destination shoot? I have a few ideas of my own…

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On your wedding day, the location of your photographs will probably be limited to your venue or somewhere nearby, but for an engagement photo session, the world is your oyster.”

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What a wonderful little bite of truth from wedding photographer Adam at AdamsPhotoArt. You spend weeks choosing your ideal wedding venue which will form the backdrop to all of your photos on the day. There’ll be gardens and furnishings to suit your personalities, but any venue might lack variety… so when it comes to your engagement shoot you should choose somewhere with as many aspects and characters as you can dream of!

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May-Ling and Matt suggested Richmond for their romantic engagement shoot because it’s one of their favourite places to visit. Adam says, ‘It’s the perfect setting for a romantic stroll – with its quaint cobbled street, riverside walks and beautiful gardens. We walked down to the riverside to take some photographs, I took some photographs as they walked round the riverside chatting, occasionally stopping to look out at the passing boats.’