Very basically, it's about me getting to know you better as a couple, which will enable me to create better images for you on your wedding day. As I build a relationship with you both, I get a better sense of who you are and how to capture that, and also what you are comfortable with and what works well in terms of your photographs. Many people tell me that they hate being in front of the camera, and hopefully this works as a great way to help you feel more relaxed about it before your wedding. The engagement sessions are always very laid back and fun, and I really enjoy them. I usually suggest that we go somewhere that suits you both as a couple, do something that you would normally do together and then just take things from there. Mostly I will just ask you to be together and interact with each other while we chat and have fun, and I may suggest a couple of poses to enhance the photos. Engagement sessions normally take around an hour, and you will hopefully end up with some really lovely images.
For Hannah and Marek's session, they suggested that we went to Woolacombe beach in North Devon, as it is somewhere that they really enjoy spending time. We took their absolutely gorgeous Cockerpoo, Wulfric, and had a relaxed stroll and paddle. Everything was looking stunning so I suggested to Hannah and Marek that they just carried on walking along the beach, maybe stopped for a cuddle or a kiss as they went. As I was photographing them, they suddenly started dancing in the waves - how unbelievably cool is that?! I then discovered that they do a lot of dancing together in their spare time, so it was great to capture it in their images. Even better, when it came to their actual wedding, the entire wedding party danced up the aisle... but that's another story to save for another day! For now, here are some lovely summery beach shots from their engagement session. I hope you like them!
You might also be interested to look at:
Kerry & Scott's engagement photography at South Devon Railway
Katy & Pablo's engagement photography in the autumn leaves
Ali & Jake's engagement photography at Haytor, Dartmoor
Maunsel House wedding photography: Lisa & Nick