Here’s why I offer an engagement shoot as part of my wedding coverage:
- The first time you have professional photographs taken, you will be awkward. Heck, even the second or third time. But it DOES get better over time. We get together beforehand, so on your wedding day we can just ease into it and we won’t waste the first half hour getting comfortable. I can make better photos and you have more cocktail time, win-win!
- I want to get to know you both. There are photographers who want to stay anonymous and move like a stealthy shadow in the background. I’m not that person. Most couples still comment they didn’t see me making this or that photo, so I guess I am a little bit stealthy. But for me, as soon as your friends and families see that we are comfortable together, that we trust each other, so do they. So come dancing time nobody feels embarrassed doing their best Michael Jackson in front of my lens. Moonwalking FTW 🙂
And there’s another reason that has nothing to do with me, but everything with you. I know an ‘engagement’ shoot sounds artificial and fake. Which is why I ask my couples to choose a place or do something that is meaningful to them. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be big. Just something you usually do or are both passionate about. It could be as simple as sharing a coffee together, making toast for breakfast, or spend an afternoon on a boat. Which brings me to Casper and Barry. To say they love boats is putting it mildly! This is how we ended up one afternoon together sailing the Sydney Harbour while I took photos. I think it shows the fun and tenderness that’s between them – and their love of boats of course. It’s nice to have the photos of your wedding day all dressed up with your friends. But I think it’s also great to just have a few photos of the two of you, doing something you love, together.