A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Rosie and Ian for their engagement shoot in Hyde Park.
They had booked me to photograph their Yorkshire wedding in May but as yet, we hadn’t met and they were keen to get some pictures done before the wedding day. Like much of the weather this year, it was chilly and a little dull but on the plus side, it wasn’t raining and the light was soft. When we met at the park entrance on that Saturday morning, we chatted about what we would be doing and I told them that as it was an engagement shoot it would have to be a little more orchestrated than my usual wedding coverage which is mostly about observing the day and documenting what I see. But this engagement shoot in Hyde Park would replicate the way I’ll photograph them as a couple on their own on the wedding.
I have done engagement shoots before but they aren’t included in my normal packages. Couples who want to be photographed before the wedding usually book one of these shoots as a separate portrait session. Maybe I should work them into a package? I really did enjoy it and I can see advantages in getting together with the couple before the wedding day. Most couples I meet at an initial consultation usually tell me that they don’t like having their picture taken. This is what I hear all the time and I must admit, I’m the same myself. I do tend to freeze a bit when anyone points a camera at me, so this does make me appreciate how it must feel to be on the receiving end. With that in mind, I know it’s very important to make a couple feel comfortable in your presence and if doing an engagement shoot helps in any way, then I’m all for it.
It’s interesting to note (and I think I’m right in saying this from the photos they’ve ordered) is that a lot of their favourites are my favourites too. They mostly come from the end of the session (i.e. the very relaxed walking and cuddling up pictures). They aren’t all looking at the camera and smiling, more just smiling and enjoying each other.
Anyway, Rosie and Ian were lovely and right from the off, they were great – there was a real sparkle between them. We had a coffee half way round and they told me about their wedding and I know it’s going to be a lovely day and I feel like a know them a little now. From their point of view, they’ve had chance to spend a couple of hours with me and seen themselves in the shots I’ve taken so hopefully, they’ll be nice and relaxed for the wedding, confident in the knowledge that they look good together in the pictures.
Do feel free to comment on the pictures (below) if you like what you see.
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