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UK engagement photography: rural engagement shoot

Living in the UK means we are super lucky where we live that we are surrounded by heaps of inspiration for UK engagement photography ideas.  There’s something super romantic about the countryside and it’s the perfect backdrop for gorgeous pre-wedding photos. Rural engagement shoots are perfect if you’re a fan of the great outdoors or if you’re lucky enough to have stunning locations on your doorstep. If you’re a country-loving couple then you really need to read on…

 

UK engagement photography - cherry blossom engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

UK engagement photography tips

Firstly, let’s talk location. The best rural shoots really capture a sense of time and place and as the countryside changes on a weekly basis, you need to think about WHEN your shoot will be taking place before you settle on a location.

Autumn shoots look wonderful with beautifully coloured leaves, springtime means daffodils and bluebells while summer can be all about fields full of crops. Winter shoots can give a wilder look so think about bare rocks or evergreen trees for seasonal colour. Once you know when you’ll be booking your shoot, you can start narrowing down the perfect location.

It might be that you’ve got a special spot in mind already or you might like to even plan a short walk with your photographer around an area that you love so that you get a few different backdrops. Talk to your photographer in advance so you’ll all prepared and you all know what’s going to happen.

UK engagement photography - London spring engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyUK engagement photography - London spring engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyUK engagement photography - London spring engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

Think also about the look of the images that you want as this can affect the time of day that you hold your shoot. For example, if you’ve fallen in love with those dreamy ‘golden hour’ shots then you’ll need to discuss timings with your photographer so that you’re all in the right place at the right time. Similarly, if you want images that are just ‘you two’, you might need to go for an early morning shoot, especially if you’re holding your shoot anywhere that’s popular with tourists or families.

Another top tip is to remember to check the diary of wherever your shoot is being held. Pretty, quiet locations can change completely if a local event is planned for your date. Summer fairs, river-based events, running races or shows of all varieties can totally alter the character of your location. On the other hand, you might love this vibe but it’s better to be prepared before you arrive!

It’s also worth keeping in mind that, unless you’re the landowner, you don’t have control so have a back-up plan in case your first-choice location has been ploughed, harvested or altered when you get there. Alternatively, if you’re local, it can be worth visiting your location in the days before your shoot to check that it’s still looking fab.

Rural shoots also need a little bit of practical thinking. Sunscreen is a must for summer shoots (although apply this a little while before so that you’re not all shiny!) as is insect repellent (the wipes are quite handy to have in your bag!). Think about your outfit too and wear something that not only reflects you but also works with the setting. If you’re not sure what to go for, talk to your photographer and they’ll be happy to advise you.

 

UK engagement photography - riverside engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyUK engagement photography - riverside engagement shoot - images by London engagement photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

Finally, think carefully about props. It’s tempting to add in lots of little extras to your shoot and the odd addition can make a difference. However, if you’ve chosen a rural shoot and the beauty of UK engagement photography sessions, the backdrops are beautiful often as they are, so do you really want to detract from it with props? Again, talk to your photographer to make sure that everything is going to work in the way that you want.

Now, with your rural shoot all planned, it’s time to enjoy it. Get outside, have some fun and you’ll be rewarded with photos that you’ll love forever.

I LOVE engagement shoots in the great outdoors so if you’re a country couple, get in touch. We’ll be able to plan the perfect shoot in no time!

Until next time,

Amanda x

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