While obviously looking insanely forward to the wedding, a lot of brides and grooms are equally dreading the thought of being the centre of attention for an entire day. Although it may not be such a fun prospect to think about, the fact is that for the duration of your wedding celebrations all eyes will be on you – and all camera lenses. Now, Irish folk aren’t known to be incredibly confident when it comes to striking a pose and giving that most likely the last time you had your photo taken professionally was in fourth class, naturally this puts a lot of pressure on getting it right on your wedding day.
Enter the Engagement Shoot…
For many couples, the introduction of the engagement shoot in today’s form means a chance to get to know their wedding photographer and to find out what does and doesn’t work when it comes to posing for pics. Engagement shoots are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera but will also show you how your photographer can snap the most amazing photos when you’re not even minding – so you’ll be confident your day is being captured perfectly.
Several Irish wedding photographers now offer engagement shoots as part of their packages, but if it’s not advertised just enquire to see if it’s possible!
One of our recent real wedding couples, Victor and Victoria, spent a day in the glorious Barcelona sun for their engagement shoot with photographer Monica Hadarean. The day was split into two parts, the first taking advantage of the romantic sun-drenched buildings in the heart of Barcelona and the second running along the beach as the sun set on the Balearic Sea. The shoot has some lovely ideas for couples getting married abroad but also ideas that can be adapted to a shoot on the (equally beautiful) Dollymount Strand in Dublin!
Engagement Shoot Style
Even if the engagement shoots you’ve come across on wedding blogs and on Pinterest aren’t your style, this shouldn’t put you off. Your shoot doesn’t have to be all picnic blankets, wooden signs and bunting, it can be whatever you’re comfortable with. Look at it as a way to get some decent photos of yourselves for a frame and that should take the pressure off – also remember that you don’t have to share these photos with anyone if you don’t want to (although we’re sure you will!) When it comes to outfits, wear something to suit your style so that you’re comfortable on the day, if you’re more of a jeans and tee girl don’t put yourself in awkward dresses or two-pieces or you’ll never be able to relax. On the day of the shoot bring a couple of different outfits if you fancy, and your photographer will be able to match them with the setting so that both your outfits and the surroundings fit perfectly.
Engagement Shoot Ideas – Locations
Your photographer will more than likely propose a location for your shoot as well as some great engagement shoot ideas, but you should have in mind a couple of places that are personal to you that might work too. Some ideas would be the place you first met, your favourite pub, the beach, some of your favourite streets in the city, or just somewhere with interesting backgrounds like colourful doors, cool graffiti, a beautiful cityscape or a flower filled park. You could set up a picnic, have a drink in a beer garden or introduce props like giant balloons, bubbles, confetti or even water guns (watch the expensive camera of course!) Browse Pinterest for some more ideas on how to mix up your engagement shoot to suit your personality.
Thanks to Monica Hadarean for the beautiful photographs and to Victor and Victoria for sharing their shoot with us!
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.