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The case for the engagement shoot

Can you justify another photo session?

When the first engagement shoots appeared, we'll admit that we indulged in some mild mockery. What, another photo shoot for you and your groom? Does the world really need that many photographs of the happy couple?

Well, yes and no. Chances are, family and friends will be thrilled to see photographs from a day that meant so much to both you and them (although you should consider a cap of 100 on your Facebook wedding album) and, while they won't be quite so delighted with your engagement shots, it will provide some lovely photographs for you to have and to hold in your own photo albums.

But you know what else? An engagement shoot allows both you and your man an opportunity to see what works for you. Do you feel comfortable with very posed, classic photographs? Would you prefer a more naturalistic style? Do you want to do something cute and quirky with your wedding photographs? (We don't, however, recommend putting paint anywhere near your gown - although we love this artistic engagement shoot via Bridal Musings!)

The other big advantage of doing an engagement shoot is that it allows your groom - you know, the half of your couple that, as a general rule, isn't quite as au fait with selfies, awkward angles and posing for snaps as his bride-to-be is - a chance to practise his preening. It could do the two of you the world of good to get used to posing together. Does he like to stand on the right or the left? Is he an eyes-on-the-lens subject, or does he prefer to look away? Is his natural smile more Beetlejuice than Johnny Depp?

Top tips?

  • Wear your favorite outfit - and let him wear his (even if that means he's in his grubby Converse and torn Levi's).
  • Smile, laugh and blow kisses at each other - have fun!
  • Use props if you think it would break the ice (we love this ice-cream photo shoot!).
  • If you have a much-loved pet, include him or her (it will give him something to focus on if he's not super-comfortable with settling in for his close-up). 

Afterwards, you can analyze the photographs (but don't be too critical!) and figure out which styles you're most comfortable with. Added extra? It gives some time for you to get cosy with your photographer and learn how you can best work together to get the best possible 100 shots for that Facebook album!

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