Here at Graham Crichton Photography, we love engagement shoots! So much in fact that we include them in all of our packages Check them out here I know what you are thinking… I hate or at the very least my other half hates getting their photo taken It will be hard enough on THE actual day without having to go through another hour of this torture. Well, let me into a few little secrets.
Everyone hates getting their photo taken! Well, maybe not models but as easy as it would be to only shoot model’s weddings I think business would be very limited and also where is the fun in that! The fun for us is making ordinary folk like you and us look like they are models.
The only way to get used to something? To have a go at it before hand. You wouldn’t expect your fella to get up and do his speech just off the cuff with out at least one run through in front of the mirror, would you? And what is your wedding rehearsal for, it’s to have a run through the ceremony so you know what’s going to happen.
Well, the engagement shoot is the same thing it’s a practice run for your photographs! It gets you used to have your photo taken by a professional, getting used to being told how to stand and how to hold yourself. We have been doing this a long time now (ten years in fact) and we know how to get the very best out of people.
Some people need more direction than others and some need more practice than others. For instance, I know I need a lot of direction and the minute Graham points the camera at me I lose all ability to tell me left from my right. So trust me I know exactly how you feel. The trick is to give clear easy direction without making you feel self-conscious and Graham is an expert at this.
So how do you make the most of your Engagement (practice) session?
Location Location Location
Pick somewhere that you are fond of, where you feel comfortable We mostly do shoots around Belfast but are more than willing to discuss traveling to your favorite location just give us a bell to discuss it.
Pick a time of day that works best for you. If you are very nervous about having your photo taken with Jo public around then maybe schedule a morning or evening slot and have your location to yourselves rather than at mid day.
What you Wear Matters
Match your clothes to your location. Typically we would walk around for the full hour with you on your shoot, so it’s worth thinking about your foot ware and as lovely as your Jimmy Choo’s are would you really want to wander around town for an hour or trudge through a forest park or along the beach in them? Try and compliment one another too, ladies don’t come all glammed up while he is in his jeans and a T-Shirt or vice versa don’t come in your jeans if he is going to wear a suit.
Relax and Have Fun
And finally relax and have fun, You booked us partly because you thought we were good fun right? Enjoy your time with us, treat it as just a walk in the park 😉 bring your furry friends too if you want to! We promise you will have fun on your shoot with us, and bonus gets some stunning shots of the two of you for your invites or just for your home.
If you are interested in booking us for your wedding and get your very own engagement session included why not drop us a line and arrange to come in for a cuppa and a chat.