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Engagement photo shoot

Weddings / No Comment / 11.04.2017

In this post I want to talk about engagement photo shoots, why it is so important and how to prepare for it.

Imagine that you are wearing an incredible wedding dress with perfect make-up. You look stunning! You are standing in front of the camera and don’t know what to do. What are you thinking about at this moment? Where to look? What should I do? My hands! What do I do with it? These thoughts keep coming back as soon as you see a lens pointed at you.

Preparations for a wedding photo shoot.

How often do you take pictures with you loved one? No, I’m not talking about selfies, parties and holidays. I’m talking about a professional photo shoot, like you will be getting on your wedding day.
Obviously, when you choose your photographer you know his/her style and have an idea of which result you will get. On the photos everything looks so easy and natural! Have you thought about this process in detail?
In most cases, you would have had very little experience of photo shoots. Grooms usually have no idea what is going to happen. The Photographer will explain the entire shoot in detail to you on your first meeting. But that will only be in theory and as we know, the best way to learn something is through practice. It will be great if you can practice before the wedding day.

Why do you need an engagement photo shoot?

An Engagement photo shoot is not just about pretty pictures which you can share with other people. It is the perfect way to get used to the camera. You will understand how your photographer works. The experience of how to feel comfortable in front of the camera is the most important thing.

In my experience couples who had a pre-wedding photo shoot behave more naturally in front of the camera. They enjoy their wedding day more as they don’t worry about the camera pointing at them.

The secrets of a perfect engagement photo shoot

1. Right location.
Think of a place where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
2. Wardrobe.
Think about your look. Do not try to come up with separate looks using the best clothes in your wardrobe. Both of you should dress in the same style and in colours that go together. You should look in harmony with each other and your surroundings. Read more about the preparation for the shoot.

3. Hair & make-up
I won’t stop repeating how important professional make-up is.  I don’t mind you to do your own hair.  This photo shoot is the perfect occasion to do your trial make-up and hair.

4. Don’t be in hurry.
Haste is the worst enemy of any photo shoot.

It’s better to take your time and enjoy a cup of coffee during your photo shoot. Do not rush to cover too much in a short period of time. You might forget about minor but important details.

Traveling for a long period of time is very tiring. Keep locations close to each other and do not try and cover too many places during the shoot. You have to be relaxed and not be running around the whole day.
Sometimes the location gives you an opportunity to shoot a variety of styles in almost the same place. For example, thanks to Cape Town’s landscapes, you can do a casual style with the mountain as a backdrop, then walk for 5 minutes to appear on the beach for a more classic and elegant style. If you wish to shoot in different places, it’s better to shoot over 2 days (two separate photo sessions for each location). This will ensure that we have enough time to show all the beauty of the photo shoot in better organised and unique way.

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I am professional photographer from Russia working internationally, currently based in Cape Town. I provide quality photography services such as weddings, bridal boudoir, business portraiture, family portraiture, maternity and newborn sessions.

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