So you are getting married soon! Congratulations! I know you have done some research and trying to find a photographer who will make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and will capture the love between you and your loved one. Are you looking for engagement photography in London? Well you have come to the right place.
Maybe you looking for something authentic and natural or something that will embrace your personalities and life together. Perhaps you worry that the shoot might be stressful, you always feel awkward and embarrassed in front of the camera and your fiancé might not be quite so into the whole thing? Am I close?
Well, I shoot as enjoyable as possible for everyone. I love to get to know you and make you feel at ease. I will catch moments that show your relationship. The loving gazes he gives you, the way he holds your hand, and your laugh when he twirls you around. You’ll be amazed how much he clearly adore you in these photographs and every time you look at them, you’ll remember how lucky you are and how much you love each other.
HOW DO WE CHOOSE TIME AND DATE FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?
I love to shoot in natural light. I believe that natural light, from the sun and its reflections, creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and true to you as a couple. I begin most of my engagement sessions two hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour”, when the light is the dreamiest. Use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. The just subtract two hours to figure out your start time.
Remember, the sun set much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months, so make sure to factor that in when choosing your engagement session date, especially if you’re taking time off work or have evening plans afterward. To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early. We’re only able to shoot when natural light is still in the sky, so we want to take advantage of every minute we have together before the sun goes down. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you are wearing only one, arrive in that.
WE’RE NOT SURE WHERE TO GO FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, CAN YOU GIVE US SOME IDEAS?
Of course! First I’d like to find out what you and your fiance like to do, such as hobbies, interests, and where you like to hang out during your free time. That’ll give me an idea of the types of places that fit into your personality, i.e. nature, architectural, beach, modern, fields, etc. Then I’ll narrow down around what areas you’d like to have your engagement session.
For example, in London we can go anywhere from South Bank with most iconic places in London, to quirky Shoreditch & Brick Lane and one of the beautiful Royal Parks. From there, I’ll select a few locations. I also encourage my couples to look through my engagement session galleries and blog posts to see if any of those locations are of interest to them.
WE ARE INTERESTED IN DESTINATION COUPLE SHOOT. DO YOU TRAVEL?
Let’s go! I love to travel and can work with you to make just about any location work for an engagement session. To be specific, included in the package are areas within 60 miles from London, UK. For destination couple shoot pricing please contact me.
WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT TO WEAR FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, CAN YOU HELP US OUT?
For your engagement session wear clothes that match your style and personality, that feel like you and that you feel great it. You are welcome to bring two outfits for each of you. One set can be casual and the other dressier. Choose clothes and accessories that you feel confident in and that flatter your unique shape and size.
Your romantic engagement session can be a great time to have your hair and make-up done. Having your make up professionally done for your session can help boost your confidence and will make you “pop” in your photos. Be sure to communicate your desire “makeup style” clearly to your artist so that he or she is able to create a look for you that compliments your features, but that keeps you looking like you.
If either of you is planning to wear shoes that are high in style but low in comfort… you might want to consider packing an extra pair with you to wear to and from the car. Don’t wear socks because they will leave ugly indentations on your feet, yuck! So flip-flops, sandals, boots, etc. work best as the ‘comfy pair’ or walking shoes.
Depending on location you choose for your session there may not be a wide selection of places in which to change your outfit, so keep that in mind when choosing what you’ll wear… and what you’ll wear first. There are no rules as to whether you wear your casual or your dressy outfit first… that’s entirely up to you! I suggest the casual first, and then the formal for the sunset portion of the session. But again, that is totally up to you.
HOW MUCH DIRECTION DO YOU GIVE DURING YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS? WE DON’T LIKE POSED IMAGES BUT WE STILL LOOKING FOR GUADIANCE FROM OUR PHOTOGRAPHER.
I’m totally on the same wavelength on this! My goal when it comes to posing (both at the engagement session and on the wedding day) is to have you and your partner look as natural as possible while getting some beautiful images. I’m constantly communicating with my couples throughout the entire shoot and providing directions, but not so much where the poses become too “posey”. In other words, I want the images to look like you and your partner were on your own and I was never there to give you any instructions. I find the best images are not only when the couple is looking great, but also feeling great!
WE’RE VERY CAMERA SHY/DON’T LIKE HAVING OUR PHOTOS TAKEN. WILL THAT BE AN ISSUE?
No worries at all! I’ve had couples that couldn’t get their hands off each other to ones that were too shy to even look each other in front of the camera. I’m happy and certainly willing to work with you and your fiance provided you bring lots of energy and love. I’ll take care of the rest, promise 🙂
WE NOTICED ON YOUR GALLERIES/BLOG POSTS THAT SOME OF YOUR COUPLES ARE KISSING IN THEIR PHOTOS. WHAT IF WE PREFER NOT TO SHOW TOO MUCH?
Rest assured you and your fiance can (and should!) be TOTALLY yourselves during your engagement session. Some couples are a bit more comfortable kissing in public while others prefer to keep those intimate moments when they’re by themselves.
I’ll never ask you to do anything that’s “not you”, so please feel free to show your affection towards each other in your own comfortable ways. Typically, I’ll just ask my couples to get close to one another, hold hands, hug one another, and maybe at most a soft kiss on the cheek/forehead/temple. I hope that’s okay 🙂