I've absolutely loved getting to know Hannah and Luke over the last few months, what an amazing couple and an incredible tipi wedding! They planned the entire wedding day from their home in Hong Kong... Fortunately, we managed to squeeze in an engagement shoot (aka pre wedding shoot) during one of their few visits to the venue - the beautiful Upwey House on the outskirts of Weymouth.
I approach my engagement shoots, or sessions, in exactly the same way I do bride and groom portraiture on the wedding day - essentially a walk and natter. Shoots may take place anywhere - perhaps a forest with nice light or in this case, nearby fields. The photos are simply a bi-product of this little wander. If it feels right to sit or lean on something, if it's natural, then we might do that too. Nothing over the top, no skipping, piggy-backing or mock proposals, just simple and elegant images.
So, if you're in two minds as to whether to add an engagement shoot to your package, please rest assured I'm not going to ask you to pose awkwardly or play up to the camera. These shoots ultimately allow us to get used to working together, they also help couples overcome any fears they have of being in front of the camera and really benefit the quality of the portraits on the wedding day.