Most people feel apprehensive about getting their photos taken but we all want pictures of us on our wedding day looking beautiful, happy and relaxed. Having a pre-wedding shoot is a great way to ensure this happens.

Firstly, an engagement shoot gives us a great chance to get to know each other and gives you the chance to start feeling relaxed with me and in front of my camera. I can get to know your personalities and you can get to know mine. I want it to feel like I’m an old friend when I turn up on the morning of your wedding, not a stranger with a big scary camera in your face!

An engagement shoot is often a lot more relaxed than the shots we’ll take at your wedding because it’ll just be me and the two of you (and the dog, if you fancy!). We’ll have more time to chat and try out different things. Whilst I really value beautiful, natural portraiture in your wedding attire, I don’t like to take up too much of your precious time on your wedding day getting these shots, so a pre-wed shoot let’s us work out what works for you before the wedding and generally makes things a little smoother on the day.

Most people really enjoy their engagement shoot and say it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great chance to get some beautiful photos of the two of you, madly in love, happy and relaxed in a setting that says “this is us”. It also provides an opportunity to capture some memories of one of the happiest times of your lives.

Take a look at some of my favourite recent couples shoots…