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Why should I have an engagement shoot?

Well this is a feature that’s all about the romance because I’m here to talk about engagement shoots. The loved-up images from these shoots are everywhere right now so let’s run through everything you need to know so that you can totally ace your engagement shoot.

Firstly, why have engagement shoots become so popular? Well, there are a few reasons here. Thanks to blogs and social media, we’re all now a lot more aware about great photography. We’re really starting to value beautiful imagery and we much more used to sharing photos of important moments.


London engagement shoot in meadow by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


The word has also spread that engagement shoots can be super useful. Not only do they give you a chance to get to know your photographer a little better before your wedding day, they also help you learn how to relax in the front of the camera. There’s a big difference between snapping selfies and having a professional pointing a camera at you! Having a little time in front of the lens ahead of the big event can be really useful.

Of course, another reason why engagement shoots have become so popular is for the photos themselves. Your engagement is a special occasion and it should be marked so having some gorgeous images of you both at this memorable time is another huge bonus.


London engagement shoot on bridge over river by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


When it comes to your shoot, there really are no rules. Just like your wedding, your engagement shoot should reflect you as a couple so speak to your photographer and get planning. Depending on the time of you, you might be able to have your shoot among the bluebells or snowdrops or you could go for a summer evening shoot when the light is just gorgeous. Your photographer might know some great locations so ask for advice!

I’m often asked what to wear and the answer is always – whatever you like! Your shoot should be natural and, if you’re a little nervous in front of the camera, wearing something you’re comfortable in will be a big help. Think about your surroundings and choose an outfit that works for you. Some couples like to dress up, others go for a more everyday ensemble so the world is your oyster.


London engagement shoot overlooking Greenwich by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


As another little tip, it can be useful to try and coordinate your bridal makeup trial for the day of your engagement shoot. Then you can really see how your makeup works in photos and you can make sure you’re happy in it too. Of course, there’s no need to do this but knowing your makeup looks great and lasts well can remove another worry.

If you’re feeling that you want to have a little more fun with your engagement shoot, why not think of some props to take along? Big balloons are always a great idea or, if you really want to go for it, style your whole shoot. You could set up a pretty picnic for example or you could simply work with whatever backdrop you have.


London engagement shoot in park among the cherry blossom by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


Because engagement shoots can really help with the rapport between you and your photographer, lots of wedding photography packages now include a pre-wedding shoot. This is definitely something to check out when you’re comparing packages but even if your fave photographer doesn’t include a shoot, most love to do these as a standalone service so do ask for a quote.


London engagement shoot in park among the cherry blossom by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


The very best thing about engagement shoots however is that they give you so much. You receive beautiful images, you get more confident in front of the camera and you’re able to mark your engagement in style. Not only that but you also get a little time out from wedding planning and you’re able to spend some quality time with the person you’re going to marry. What could be better?

Until next time,

Amanda x