An engagement photoshoot doesn’t have to be cheesy or traditional. Corina Photography has written us a wonderful guest blog all about how you can highlight your awesome personalities through photos, YOUR way. Have a read, it features some of her fab photos from a shoot in Brighton.
Why would you want an engagement photoshoot? Take a moment to think about it- do you want photos with your partner because YOU really want them? If an engagement photoshoot is not something you want, that’s completely fine. I believe an engagement photoshoot is a lovely way to just focus on each other. During the shoot, you get to spend some time being 100% in the moment and mindfully enjoying time as a couple. It’s also a nice way to celebrate your relationship, anniversary or engagement.
Personally, I hate being in front of the camera, so I get it. However, I recently had an engagement photo shoot with my partner, and I saw what it was like to be on the other side of the camera- initially it was terrifying. But when we started focusing on ‘us’ it was pretty fun. We didn’t do anything that we didn’t want to, we just giggled like idiots and couldn’t keep our hands of each other. The photos are an honest reflection of us and our relationship. Keep reading to witness a photo from our engagement shoot at the end of the article!
1. Focus on each other and be your awesome selves- embrace the awkwardness!
Looking directly into the lens of a camera feels weird, right? To have photos that capture the connection between you two as a couple, you must try and ignore the camera and focus on yourselves. Keep your hands on each other and do all those silly things that you do when you’re alone. It might feel weird at first, but the photos will be amazing. You will probably feel a bit awkward at times, and question “Why is this person here? Why did I say yes to this? I forgot how we normally kiss?!” But, once you start, you’ll realise it’s not that bad and you can have fun. Make fun of yourselves! You’ll giggle and laugh about it, making everything easier.
2. Pick a place that makes sense to you and do something you enjoy!
So, you’re not up for walking in a field at sunset holding hands? Good! If that doesn’t get you excited, don’t do it. For your engagement photoshoot, pick a location that makes you smile at the thought of. It could be something with meaning to you, or simply somewhere that just sounds fun…like a date! Maybe there are some hobbies or activities that you both enjoy like going to the pub, cooking together or walking the dog in your favourite park. By bringing that activity into your engagement photoshoot, all the fun and laughter will be seen through your photos.
3. Let the RIGHT photographer worry about your engagement photos
First, find a photographer whose work you like that won’t put you through the hell of awkward poses. If you want someone to capture your fun energy as a couple, you’re looking for a candid documentary style photographer. After you’ve seen their work, contact them for a chat to get to know them and ask about their approach to see if they’re a good fit for you. A good photographer will know how to make you at ease, bringing out and capturing your awesomeness as a couple. Trust them and focus on enjoying yourselves.
4. Don’t bring a bag or props
A bag will get in the way of you two having your hands all over each other and we don’t want that. There will be times when you won’t want that bag in your photos, and it will probably be on the ground somewhere. If the photo shoot is in a city, you’ll be constantly worried about your bag and keeping your eyes on it instead of losing yourself in your partners gaze (cheesy, sorry). Same goes for props- you two as a couple have enough personality and uniqueness. Having props on your engagement photoshoot will only distract, making you worry about what to do with them and if they look good. Your cute faces are enough for amazing photos.
5. Dress comfortably
You want to be yourself on your engagement photoshoot, so just wear something that you would normally wear that you feel good in. It’s important to feel like yourself and to recognise yourselves in your photos. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll probably do a bit of walking around on your engagement photoshoot and you don’t want to look in pain from high heels!
So- there you have it, my advice on having a non-cheesy, non-traditional engagement photo shoot. And as promised, here is us (usually super uncomfortable in front of the camera) having fun on our engagement photo shoot (me and Matt – my giggly partner in crime).
Find out more about Corina and her awesome work- https://corina-photography.com/gallery/brighton-engagement-photo-shoots/
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