The rise of the engagement shoot

A couple kissing at Gosfield Hall

Over the past few years, the popularity of the engagement photo shoot has increased dramatically. Having first become popular in the US, more and more British couples have now picked up on the trend and are getting in front of the lens in order to celebrate their impending nuptials.

As well as being a fantastic memento of this special, loved up period in a couple’s life, the engagement shoot is also a great chance to get the wedding ball rolling. Whether you’re scoping out your venue, getting to know your photographer or simply creating some irreplaceable images for the family album, an engagement shoot is the perfect way to kick start your wedding journey. Just as Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes puts it, “your engagement photos are the perfect time to find a fun backdrop + grab some incredible images that really capture your excitement for your upcoming wedding”.

Getting to know your photographer

Though you’ll probably pick a photographer for their talent rather than their personality, their approach to their job will have a big impact on your enjoyment of your wedding day. Photographers who are too pushy, over confident or demanding can really put a dampener on proceedings. Snappers who are calm, friendly and confident on the other hand, can make your day even better.

Use your engagement shoot to get to know your wedding photographer, get comfortable in front of the camera and try out a few different poses and ideas. Take the opportunity to ensure your photographer understands your ideas, your vision and your personality and check the resulting images to make sure they’re up to the job.

Introducing your venue

Holding your engagement shoot at your wedding venue is a fantastic way to get to know the space a little better. Spend a few hours exploring the grounds and the different internal areas of the building, looking for views and backdrops you can use on the big day. This will help to ensure you don’t miss any great locations in the excitement of the wedding day and will give your photographer the opportunity to get to know the venue and plan the shoot.

An autumnal engagement photo

Creating personalised invitations

As well as making great gifts for friends and family, you can use your engagement photos as the main feature of your wedding invitations. Include elements of your chosen theme in your shoot to give your guests a sneak peak of the wedding look and to get them thinking about the outfits they’ll wear on the big day.

If you haven’t yet chosen a theme, make your photos as versatile as possible by keeping the colours and décor neutral and by placing the focus firmly on you and your fiancée.

Whether you’re looking for an outstanding venue for your wedding, or simply searching for a great backdrop for your engagement shoot, our exclusive properties are perfect.

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