Engagement Shoots - Win-Win scenario.
Call it an engagement or a pre wedding session. They work.
For those of you who don't know me. I'm a Perth wedding photographer specialising in photo-journalistic/storytelling type of photography.
Despite the inaccurate (well, you're already engaged aren't you?) or terribly dry name - this is one of the most important moments in the run up to your wedding. They are so important I do them with every single couple. Here are my reasons :)
I want you relaxed and happy on the wedding day. There's only one way to get there. We need to spend some time together and get to know each-other. Me, the wedding photographer, will be with you the whole day. From the very beginning to the very end, there's one person constantly in the vicinity.
Obviously I'm a delight to be around :) and the pre wedding session is my opportunity to prove it.
I get to know you and your partner. Remember: in the whole wide world there are only two people like you: "You". There's something special about you, give me time and I'll find it.
The fear of camera goes away. Most of us has never done it before, it's the first time to be in front of the professional camera. Well, you're much better at it than you think. You've just never done it before so how would you know? We get better at things we do a lot. Besides, you will have the proof soon enough: the engagement photos :)
Think of it as a trial run for many things. Schedule you hair and make-up on the same day and see what it looks like. New dress, shoes, hair style - the same thing. Not sure who to pick for your bridal party? Bring them to the session and we will see who photographs better. Don't do that, I'm just joking but you get the idea.
Artistic freedom and lots of personality. We have a lot of time for just you two and no distractions. We can create stunning images together and be as creative as we want. Images all about you and your "couplestory'. Remember what I said about you two being unique?
You can also use the images for invites, thank you cards and as part of the decor at the wedding.
By the way, I'm not a fan of the the names - engagement/pre wedding sessions. I prefer to call them "Be yourselves sessions" because that's all you have to do during my shoots. We pick places offering visual potential or places with significance. My sessions revolve around what you do together and how you spend your free time. Best time for these sessions 10-6 weeks before the wedding day. I can shoot anywhere but some of my favourite engagement shoot locations are Fremantle, Swan Valley, Perth Hills or Cottesloe. They offer, what I call visual potential and are very "Perth".