Engagement Shoot! Sam And Esther

August 4th, 2008

At the week­end, we trav­elled up to Lan­cashire to vis­it Jes­si­ca’s par­ents, but also as you know, to do a pre wed­ding shoot with Sam and Esther who are get­ting mar­ried on the 25th of August (this August), so as usu­al, expect to see some wed­ding pic­tures around that sort of time.

The Engage­ment shoot went well as you’ll see in the pictures.
Just a word of advice though to any pho­tog­ra­phers who are look­ing into shoot­ing wed­dings as a busi­ness. Always, ALWAYS do a pre wed­ding shoot.
Sam and Esther were very com­fort­able in each oth­ers com­pa­ny, but obvi­ous­ly quite ner­vous in front of the camera.

By the end of the shoot, just as the light was dwin­dling, they were act­ing like there was no pho­tog­ra­ph­er with a big lens peer­ing through the grass­es. They even treat­ed me to a lit­tle dance show!

If I were to arrive at the wed­ding with­out doing a real shoot with them before­hand and expect them to be relaxed in front of the cam­era then I would of had a nasty surprise.

An E‑session isn’t just for the cou­ple though. It relax­es me too. I’ll learn what angles the cou­ple look good from, what makes them laugh, and what they’re will­ing, or not will­ing to try.

I just wish I could shoot from this angle all day!

If you’re on the hunt for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, don’t waste your time on some­one who isn’t will­ing to incor­po­rate an engage­ment ses­sion into their pack­ages. Or if that isn’t pos­si­ble, look for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er who can just offer you an engage­ment ses­sion alone.  You’ll real­ly love it, they’re real­ly fun! (Depend­ing on your pho­tog­ra­ph­er), and you’ll prob­a­bly be able to use some of the pic­tures in your wed­ding sta­tion­ary (“Save the date” cards, “Thank you” cards etc)

Although I am cur­rent­ly based in Bris­tol, I shoot wed­dings in a pho­to-jour­nal­is­tic style through­out the UK, includ­ing Ireland.

  1. Phil Yarrow August 4th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Nice post! Great Pho­tos! Keep it up!

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