Not keen on the idea of doing an engagement shoot before your wedding? Let me try to convince you why you should.

Maybe you feel awkward in front of a camera, or maybe you just don’t see any benefit of doing an engagement shoot. Whatever your reason for not wanting to do an engagement shoot is, I always recommend that my couples do one. Why? Whether you believe it or not, it’s by far the best way to ‘level up’ your wedding photography experience.  Let me explain!

1. If you hate being in front of the camera, an engagement shoot is your opportunity to become comfortable with it.

The last thing any wedding photographer would want is for you to be anxious or uncomfortable in front of their camera. Especially during your wedding day!

Doing an engagement session before the wedding will help calm your photography-related nerves. Trust me. It will also rid you of any in-front-of camera awkwardness and anxiety.

Chances are you’ve been overthinking the whole photography thing as well. An engagement shoot will show you what to actually expect from your photographer. I bet you’ll soon realise that having couples photos done is nothing but fun and enjoyable. Even more so if you’ve booked someone like me. A documentary-style wedding photographer with a relaxed way of shooting.

And if you cringe by the thought of being all lovey-dovey in front of a ‘stranger’, why not do it your way? Go on an adventure or do a fun activity with your photographer. Because who says an engagement shoot has to be a boring hour of posing for the camera? Not me! 


2. You get to know your photographer and vice versa.

This one is a win-win situation come your wedding day. Because let’s be honest. It’s must be pretty weird having a stranger following your every step for a whole day.

By doing an engagement session you’ll learn how your photographer works, and what is expected from you in order to nail those beautiful candid portraits. It’s also a great way for your photographer to learn more about you, your personalities, how you connect as a couple and what really matters to you when it comes to documenting your wedding celebration.

In short, the better you know your wedding photographer the more comfortable you’ll feel having them around on the wedding day.

And the better your wedding photography understands you, the better equipped they’ll be to capture more personal and meaningful wedding photos you’ll truly treasure.


3. You get to see professional photos of yourself before the wedding.

Being able to see professional photos of your self before the wedding day will allow you to communicate more effectively with your photographer when it comes to your preferences. It’s a lot easier to understand what you like or don’t like when you’re looking at images of yourself, as opposed to a random couple you’ve found photos of on Pinterest.

And if you’re extra smart you can even combine the shoot with your hair and makeup trial. This will allow you to suss out if you like how your makeup looks in photos.


4. You get amazing non-wedding portraits of yourselves. Perfect for save the dates, Instagram, wedding guest signing books – you name it.

Last but not least, doing an engagement session will give you lots of beautiful, authentic portraits of the everyday you. 



couple walking hand in hand at Edith Valley