What to Expect at an Engagement Session
We get so many emails from couples who don’t quite know how to prepare for an engagement session and it’s absolutely normal. We photograph people with normal jobs, not professional models, so I truly hope this blog post would help some of you to know how to prepare for an engagement session!
The goal of an engagement session
It’s a great way for you to get to know your photographer, see what it means to be in front of a camera or two and end up with some beautiful photographs before you get to be husband and wife.
For the wedding clients, it’s the perfect way for us to learn a bit about your personalities: some couples prefer less kissing photos, sometimes the sessions lead people to finding their “good side” although we firmly believe each individual is perfectly beautiful and unique! Whatever the case may be, it’s a great practice for the wedding day portrait session as well – it goes so much smoother if we’re all comfortable with each other and know what to expect from one another.
Our photo shoots are laid back but stylish, with a bit of quirk and creativity.
Location is King
The location of your photos will help define the mood of the pictures.
Busy locations look busy.
Want a bunch of tourists in the background? Shoot during the weekend in any park in a city on a warm afternoon! Especially in a city like London!
To make things even easier, we’ve created a list of some of our favourite locations for engagement sessions in London, to give you some inspiration on where you could go for photos. You might find a hidden gem or two or some places you could visit in the future!
Definitely check our list out but should you have something different in mind, we’re looking forward to hearing! We’re always excited about discovering new places!
If you absolutely love spending time outdoors, why not go to a beautiful forest rather than an over-crowded park for the engagement session?
What about somewhere on the coast?
England has some fantastic coasts, not that far from London! We’d suggest these places anytime over the busy city, as those images are pretty epic in itself and you will be so much more relaxed in front of such a view.
A Market Place?
If you’re both foodies, a colourful outdoor market or even a picnic may be an option.
One place that you’re already very familiar with, is your home and also says a lot about you two!
It can be a great place for fun, intimate and natural looking portraits and there is something truly special about it.
If you simply like to go out for long walks and drink coffee with friends, why not consider having the engagement session in an area with quirky coffee places or by the river bank, while the tide is low?
Time + Light
Mornings are magical! The beautiful soft light, the city half asleep and the peacefulness. Not the easiest thing looking your best at 6am, but totally worth it!
The most flattering light is two hours before Sunset or within one hour of Sunrise. The light is so soft and golden, which enhances skin tones. Most certainly one of our favourite times of the day for an engagement session!
Singing in the rain
Rain on the day?! Don’t panic. If you’re game for crazy creative portraits, let’s embrace it! Rain can be incredibly romantic (in the right season).
Cloudy days cast even, soft light, which is much better than sunny ones. Or, we can always take a rain check if you prefer a different time for your photo shoot.
Matching clothing to locations
We wouldn’t suggest wearing your football fan clothes to an engagement session ( you’ll be shocked but it has happened! ) so try considering the location of the session and put a bit of effort into it, please.
Simple is better
Try avoiding clothes with crazy graphics, too many patterns or anything that distracts from your face.
If you can’t wear stilettos without falling over, please bring flats to substitute. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight, too loose or too uncomfortable. It’s easier to be natural if you aren’t constantly pulling your clothes.
Instead of looking like twins, wear complementary colours or shades of the same hue. You can go from wrong to stylish in a beat.
Less is more
During the engagement session, you’ll most likely be hugging, walking, holding hands, which means having something to carry, like a bag full of stuff, would be completely unnecessary and in your way (and ours). So try to come as relaxed as possible, not having to worry about extra stuff to carry (which we’d most likely need to take away from you).
While we prefer couples being hands free and not tired from caring extra bags, should you have a dog or maybe something that’s important to you and you’d like some photos with, feel free to take with you and let’s have some fun!
One important thing, though: rules are made to be broken!
So if anything I wrote here doesn’t apply to you, great! As long as you feel like your best self on the day, nothing else matters!
If you look good, you feel good, you shoot good.
As simple as that!
Hey, we’re Diana & Sam!
We are a photographer husband and wife team based in the beautiful Cotswolds area. We love the outdoors and shoot primarily non – traditional barn weddings and elopements for the adventurous wild at heart couple. We help remove the stress and pressure from your wedding day and do our best to make you feel at ease and extremely relaxed in front of the camera, so you will dearly remember your experience. We are also founders of Mad Hat Photo Booth, a wedding and events photo booth hire!