The term engagement shoots is popular, but these are basically couple shoots, and these are an invaluable way for you both to get used to the camera, and for me to get to know you both better. They usually last around an hour, and during that time I’ll shoot away in an informal way, whilst sharing some tips on looking fabulous in photos. Posture is especially important in any of the formal shots, and quite often there’s subtle things you can do that make a big difference, so we’ll have a play about with those in an informal way. Couples always tell me afterwards how much more relaxed they feel about their wedding photography, so you won’t just get some gorgeous portraits, the experience will help you both feel more relaxed about your wedding day photos. In addition, you’ll have portraits that you can perhaps feature on a signing frame or acrylic print for guests to leave messages on the wedding day. Here’s an example of Laura & Dan’s signing frame last year:
Engagement shoots can take place anywhere in Scotland or North West England. I generally suggest you choose somewhere that’s either got a special connection with you both, or that contrasts with your wedding photos, so if you’re having a summer wedding, perhaps you’d like an engagement shoot during autumn? Or maybe you’d like cherry blossom trees to feature in your engagement shoot pictures? Or a cornfield? The list is endless, we’ll work together to discuss location options during your complimentary consultation.
National Trust & Privately Owned Venues
I do often get couples wanting to have their couple shoot in a National Trust location like Dunham Massey or Quarry bank Mill, but National Trust venues charge for photography, so if your ideal location is National Trust owned, it’s best to contact them directly as cost varies between different sites.
Other privately owned venues charge for photography too. Arley Hall & Gardens is popular for photography, and the charge is £100, which is typically less than National Trust rates.
If you would like your photos in a privately owned venue, please allow at least 4 weeks notice so that filming permission can be obtained.
Fletcher Moss Gardens
If you would like your couple photos in some gorgeous gardens without the price tag, then Fletcher Moss Gardens in Didsbury in Manchester is a hidden gem and looks great all year round.
It’s a little tricky to find if you try to get a post code from search engines, so I have included a map.
I’d recommend using the postcode for ‘The Didsbury Pub’, (M20 2SG)then turn down Millgate Lane & a small carpark with 10 spaces will be on your right. It’s popular with dog walkers, so if there’s no spaces available, heading further down Millgate Lane & turn left on to Kingston Road & there’s residential parking with no yellow lines.
What should we wear?
Anything you both feel comfortable in, feel free to bring accessories or props, or just bring yourselves! During your complimentary consultation we’ll chat through ideas for this. You could go for a relaxed informal feel, or go all out and have a theme like Jen & Jason’s Alice in Wonderland themed engagement shoot below (being added soon).