Based in Bristol, Somerset – Available Worldwide
Pre-wedding photo sessions are so much fun!
The reason Why ?
You get to celebrate your engagement and look fantastic, and you also get to hang out with your engagement photographer and then with your wedding photographer to see how they work.
I love meeting my clients before their big day; it’s my thing. By the end of the shoot, you will be relaxed and comfortable with me taking your photos. This is important because my approach is about capturing your wedding day’s natural, candid moments.
When I’m at a wedding, I’m in the thick of it all, capturing everything from every angle. So, it’s super important for me to build a friendly relationship with my couples beforehand. It’s all about getting over that initial awkwardness, so I can capture authentic moments without anyone feeling weird about it.
Engagement shoots and pre-wedding photography
As an engagement photographer, I often guide couples in selecting a venue or location that holds significance to their relationship, reflecting their unique individuality and style. It could be where they got engaged or have cherished memories together. Alternatively, it might be a destination they’ve always dreamt of visiting but haven’t had the opportunity to explore. Choosing the ideal location for your session is crucial, so I encourage you to allocate sufficient time to explore options and consider what resonates with you.
If you decide to entrust me with documenting your entire wedding journey, planning and arranging a pre-wedding photo session is equally important. This ensures that I become more than just an outsider capturing your wedding day; instead, I become a friend with a camera intimately acquainted with your story. This connection enables me to seamlessly capture the essence of the day, preserve genuine emotions and become an integral part of your wedding celebration.
Engagement photography with a documentary approach
When I show up on your big day as your wedding photographer, I will make the same approach as during your pre-wedding shoot. So I always recommend doing a warm-up engagement photo shoot because you can practice getting comfortable in front of the camera, I can practice the perfect lighting, and we can hang up to get to know each other better.
Because my approach is documentary, I’m not directing or staging anything while capturing your wedding. I would love to see your genuinely emotional moments and feelings. The portrait session is the only part of a wedding when I must give you instructions. Engagement shoots are the perfect opportunity to take pictures that you can remember; you can feel how you felt in that moment.
Creative and bold-style pre-wedding photoshoot
Part of my photography style as an engagement photographer is that I usually take 50-50% colour and black-and-white pictures in one of my engagement photo series. I use colours boldly when I capture engagement photos, and the details inspire me during my work. I like to capture the fine small pieces of the place and incorporate the couple into an exciting and exceptional composition. Every couple and every people have their own story. You can tell from those tiny candid moments when they look into each other’s eyes, hold hands, laugh, and have fun. This is when I don’t even put the camera down and shoot through those engagement moments.
How it works!
After sending your enquiry form, the next step is for us to arrange a meeting and a consultation, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you already have and to get to know what you want from your photo session.
I always prefer to meet in person, but a video call/zoom meeting is also a great option. If you decide to proceed, we will secure the photo session with a deposit.
As your engagement photographer, I will constantly communicate with you the whole organising until implementation and ensure you will be satisfied with your forever-treasured photos.
Free No- obligation consultation and planning.
Discuss your vision for the session. We’ll talk about location, outfits, and any other details that are important to you.
We’ll meet at the agreed-upon location on the day of the shoot. I’ll guide you through natural, relaxed poses that feel comfortable for you, and we’ll also capture candid moments that showcase your love story.
Receive your full-resolution, refined, high-quality retouched pictures so you can sit back, relax, select your beautiful wall art or album, and share it with your loved ones. Depending on my workload, you can usually expect to receive your pictures within 1-2 weeks.
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Frequently asked questions
How long after engagement do you get photos?
Typically, I recommend doing the engagement shoot a few months to a year before your wedding day. That way, you can use the photos for save-the-dates, invitations, or to show off on social media.
We’ll pick a location that suits your style and personality, and I’ll snap plenty of candid shots that capture your love in action.
After the shoot, I will review all the photos and choose the best ones. Depending on my workload, you can expect to get your photos back usually within 1-2 weeks.
What is the point of engagement photos?
Engagement photos are super important for a bunch of reasons!
First, it lets you get to know your photographer and feel more comfortable in front of the camera, so on your big day, you’ll feel more relaxed and natural.
Engagement photos are also a chance to have fun and get creative. We’ll work together to choose a location and style that reflects your personalities and interests, so the photos will be totally unique and personal to you. Plus, you can use them for all kinds of stuff – save-the-dates, wedding websites, social media, or even just as a sweet reminder of your love for each other. You can also use them for thank-you cards.
How should I pose for an engagement photo shoot?
Don’t worry; you are in good hands.
That being said, there are a few things you can keep in mind to help make the most of your session. First and foremost, be yourselves! The best photos come from relaxed, comfortable couples and having fun together. So, don’t be afraid to goof around, laugh, and be silly – those moments make for some of the best photos!
Another thing to keep in mind is to focus on each other. Forget about the camera and enjoy each other’s company. I’ll be there to capture all the little moments between you, from sweet glances to spontaneous kisses.
Regarding physical posing, I like to keep things natural and unscripted. This helps create natural movements and gestures that feel authentic to you as a couple. I might suggest certain activities or prompts for you to do together, like taking a stroll hand in hand or snuggling up together on a park bench.
What colour dress for engagement photos?
There’s no “right” or “wrong” colour on what to wear for engagement photos.
There are a few things to consider when choosing your outfits. First, I recommend picking something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. If you’re not a big fan of bright colours, don’t feel like you have to wear them just for the sake of the photos. Most importantly, you feel like yourself and can relax and enjoy the experience.
Another thing to consider is your shoot’s location and time of year. It’s all about choosing outfits that complement the setting and the season. If we’re doing your engagement photos in a lush green park in the summer, a flowy sundress in a bold print might be a great choice. A chic sweater and jeans combo could be perfect if we’re doing a cosy winter shoot in the city.
Remember that bright, neon colours can sometimes be distracting in photos, so you might want to opt for softer, more muted tones if you’re worried about that. And if you plan on making any outfit changes during the shoot, try to pick outfits with different textures or patterns to look distinct in the photos.
When Should You Get Engagement Pictures Taken?
Well, there’s no hard and fast rule, but as I mentioned earlier, I recommend shooting a few months to a year before your wedding day. This gives you plenty of time to use the photos for save-the-dates, invitations, or to show off on social media. Plus, it lets us get to know each other before the big day!
Regarding timing, it’s really up to you and your schedule. Some couples like to do their engagement shoot right after getting engaged, while others prefer to wait until the weather is just right or until they’ve found the perfect outfit. Just keep in mind that if you plan on using the photos for save-the-dates or invitations, you’ll want to get them done well before your wedding date.
What Is Included in an Engagement Photo Session?
You can expect a fun, relaxed experience where we’ll get to know each other and create beautiful images together.
Depending on our plan, the session typically lasts around 1-2 hours. We’ll start by choosing a location that suits your style and personality – a cosy coffee shop, a scenic park, or an urban downtown setting. From there, we’ll explore the area, and I’ll snap plenty of candid shots that capture your love in action.
I’ll also guide you through some gentle posing to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. But don’t worry; I won’t ask you to do any awkward, cheesy poses – I’m all about capturing the natural, authentic moments.
Are you ready for your engagement photos?
Feel free to ask about my engagement packages!