At last, the time has come… Your fiancée has asked you to marry him! Of course you have answered a resounding “YES!” and you can’t wait for your wedding celebration. But wouldn’t some beautiful pictures of the two of you be welcome before then…? Our advice? Plan an unforgettable engagement shoot! We are ready to answer your most pressing questions!
What exactly is an engagement shoot?
An engagement shoot is the ideal time for you as a couple to celebrate your engagement. It’s a moment of pure relaxation. A moment of intense enjoyment, just the two of you, before you start planning for your long-awaited wedding celebration. This will provide you with dozens of unique photos, just radiating the love between the two of you. The perfect memory of this magical period in your lives …
When does such a shoot take place?
You plan an engagement shoot somewhere between your proposal and your wedding. During this time, you are floating on a rosy cloud, and you are dreaming of what is yet to come. A little closer to the proposal, there will probably be a little more ‘wonder’ on your faces, while a little closer to your wedding date, you will probably already exude a little more ‘peace’.
Why an engagement shoot?
An engagement shoot is first and foremost a wonderful memory for the two of you of the blissful period after your engagement. It is a wonderful activity together, because there is often lots of laughter during an engagement shoot between the romantic looks. If you are nervous being in front of the camera during your wedding, then an engagement shoot also happens to be the perfect way to overcome your fear. And of course, the ultimate advantage is that you will have all these wonderful pictures, and will be able to use them on your wedding invitations and thank you cards, as well as decorative pieces during your wedding party and in your home!
Wedding photographer Yves Schepers has this to say: “I really love engagement shoots. It’s a time when I get to let my creativity run wild. During the shoot, there is usually a loose and relaxed atmosphere between the couple and the photographer, which generates spontaneous, emotional images.”
Who is present?
Of course, as a couple, you are the centre of attention during your own engagement shoot. But if you already have a first little rascal (or two, …!) running around, he or she will make a perfect addition.
Couples often choose to work with a professional photographer. Take a look at a few different portfolios beforehand, and decide which photography style suits your tastes. Extra tip: you may want to choose the same photographer you would also like to use for your wedding celebration. Thus, you get to know each other better in advance, and he or she will then be able to photograph your wedding day in complete confidence.
“The way the photos are taken, colours your memory,” says Yves Schepers. “So start looking for an available date well in time, the weekends in wedding photographers’ agendas are usually fully booked up at break-neck speed.”
Where does an engagement shoot take place?
It’s all up to you! Choose a place where you feel completely at home, or that has a special meaning for you. Or one that’s completely hip and unique. The magic of the location will be visible in your photos. How about the place where he proposed, or in the midst of a beautiful stretch of nature?
Yves shares an extra tip, “Choose an outfit that suits both the occasion and your unique character”. “Most couples go for a ‘casual elegance’ look during an engagement shoot. It’s also nice to bring different outfits, so you have various photos to frame for your home, and you can show off your beautiful photos over and over on social media!”, Yves adds with a wink.
We are already completely convinced! You too? Say cheese!
Yves Schepers is a familiar entity in the world of wedding photography. His journalistic style, in which authenticity is central, has already earned him many international awards, such as the recent Reportage award in 2020. He is also an ambassador for Sony and House of Weddings, and a photographer for the well-known TV program ‘Blind Getrouwd’.