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Q. Lots of photographers offer an engagement shoot but we're very camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What are the benefits?
A. Charlotte Clemie says: While it's certainly not essential to have an engagement shoot, if you're particularly anxious about having your picture taken, then it's a great way to get over the nerves and give you one less thing to worry about on the day. These shoots are a chance for us to talk through a few poses for the wedding and for you to see how I work and how quickly I can put you at ease in front of the lens.
Many newlyweds-to-be use their shots on their save-the-date cards or on their wedding website, which is exactly what the couple pictured did. Believe it or not the groom was very anxious beforehand. However, you can see how relaxed and natural he is in these images.
If you choose not to have an engagement shoot, then when it comes to the big day try not to overthink it. Time will fly by so quickly and often your couple shots are the only chance to get away from the madness for a little quiet time! This is why it's important to not only choose a professional because you like their style, but also because you get a good feeling about them as a person. For an image to look natural you need to connect with your photographer as they guide you through poses that suit you both. My clients often come back to me and say that the couple shots were one of their favourite parts of the day.
Always remember that often the most dreamy-looking pictures are in fact the most staged, so trust your chosen expert and you'll have photos to cherish forever.
Q. We've seen that a lot of photographers offer an engagement shoot. We're both very camera shy so don't know if we want to do this - is it worth biting the bullet and having one?
A. Freya Raby says: Absolutely! Very few people enjoy having their photo taken, which means that having a camera pointed at you all day long can make you feel uncomfortable. Engagement shoots not only give you the chance to get to know your chosen photographer, but they also help to settle pre-wedding nerves. My aim is to build your confidence in front of the lens and help you relax with your partner.
By the end of the session, we'll feel a little closer and you'll have had the opportunity to become more familiar with the camera. A recent client told me that he felt like he'd just been for a lovely walk with his fiancé and a friend – who just so happened to be taking photos.
Q. I don't want to stand around for hours taking staged photos on the day, but how do we ensure all our loved ones are captured?
A. Freya Raby says: When looking for a photographer you'll see that most have a preferred way of shooting. Some opt for classic, posed portraits while others capture natural, documentary-style shots. Take a look at their portfolio and you'll soon see if they have a knack for snapping relaxed images of guests throughout the day.
Once you've chosen your photographer, they should do their best to circulate and photograph every guest, particularly focusing on close friends and family, however we're not mind readers! Make sure you communicate with your chosen expert and perhaps give one of your bridesmaids or ushers the job of pointing out best friends, key family members and older relatives so you can ensure you'll have your nearest and dearest captured.