Congratulations on your engagement! While you may have already shared your ring ‘selfie’ with your nearest and dearest, continuing the celebrations with an engagement shoot is a must.
There are many reasons to have an engagement shoot. It’s a great way to have some fun before the very serious business of planning your wedding begins.
In addition, an engagement shoot also gives you the opportunity to try out a potential wedding photographer. If your chosen photographer impresses, you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable with them on your wedding day as you would have already gotten to know one another.
Where you host your engagement shoot is another important consideration. There are countless options but selecting a meaningful location will ensure you produce something truly beautiful and have a great time doing it. Here, we share the top places to host your engagement shoot so you can discover the perfect setting.
The place you got engaged
Whether you announced your engagement a few weeks ago or are enjoying a long engagement, revisiting the place where you said “yes” is an excellent option for your engagement shoot. You could even put that engagement ring to use once more and re-enact the proposal to bring those memories flooding back.
A favourite green space
Taking your engagement photoshoot outdoors by visiting a favourite park or walking route is recommended. With an outdoor photoshoot, nature provides all the props you need and you’re likely to stumble upon a number of picture-perfect backdrops as a result.
Natural light can be utilised in the most beautiful way when shooting in the afternoon and into the evening. Sunset provides stunning lighting conditions to ensure magical moments can be frozen in time and breathtaking engagement photos treasured for years to come.
Engagement shoots are rarely posed, with candid and more natural shots favoured by today’s just-engaged couples. The place you’re likely to feel the most relaxed is at home, and you being in your comfort zone will really show in your pictures. As well as celebrating your favourite spaces around the home, you can get your four-legged family members involved too as WeddingWire explains:
“No matter how chill your four-legged friend is off-camera, pets aren’t exactly the easiest models to work with… If you really want them to be a part of your engagement photos, taking them at home is a great idea. They’ll be more relaxed and cooperative when their moment in the spotlight arrives, meaning you’ll leave with less scratches and more money shots.”
Around your world
If you can’t select just one location, why not take your photographer on a tour of all the places you’ve enjoyed together in the past?
Locations could include the place where you had your first date, the pub you go to for your weekly Sunday roast, the place where you shared an umbrella when you got caught in the rain – the possibilities are endless. Relive your favourite moments in nearby places, take a walk down memory lane and fill your engagement album with lots of romantic, candid, fun, and unforgettable shots.
Your soon-to-be wedding venue
Get to know your chosen wedding venue by hosting your engagement shoot in its house and grounds. A pre-wedding photography session is the perfect way for you and your photographer to familiarise yourself with the place where you’ll soon be saying “I do”.
Here, at Gosfield Hall, we provide the most beautiful backdrops for your engagement shoot. Explore 10 acres of manicured grounds and parkland, as well as our stunning Georgian mansion to capture a series of stunning shots.
To discuss hosting an engagement shoot at Gosfield or to book a viewing, please contact our team today.