Engagement Shoots

Engagement Shoots

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.

Engagement Shoots

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).

Engagement Shoot Portfolio

Pre-Wedding Shoots
Couple portrait in front of Tower Bridge in London, by Karen Julia Photography

London Sunrise Pre-Wedding Photography

London Sunrise Pre-Wedding Photography Charlotte & Liam’s London Sunrise Pre-Wedding Photography on a sunny morning in May. Charlotte & Liam are getting married at Shrigley Hall in August, but live in London. I suggested we do their pre-wedding shoot in London, and they loved the idea! We agreed to meet on Westminster Bridge at sunrise, and…
Pre-Wedding Shoots
Sefton Park Autumn Engagement Shoot

Local Park Autumn Engagement Shoot

Local Park Autumn Engagement Shoot; Heather & Matthews pre-wedding couple shoot. Heather & Matthew get married at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in April, so to contrast the city centre vibe of the wedding chose the leafy Sefton Park in Liverpool to have their practice couple shoot. It’s beautiful in Autumn, so we headed there…
Pre-Wedding Shoots
Rural Engagement Shoot

Rural Farm Engagement Shoot

Becky & Ashley chose to have their engagement shoot photos on Ashley’s parents farm, so we met a few weeks before the wedding on a sunny day in July & chose a couple of fields for the photos. We were really lucky with the light & the weather & hopefully did not flatten too much…
ManchesterPre-Wedding Shoots
Manchester City Centre Engagement Shoot

City Centre Urban Engagement Shoot

City Centre Urban Engagement Shoot Charlie & Rick get married at the Freemason Hall on Bridge Street in Manchester City centre in December. We met in July to scout out locations for group photos and portraits. There’s a small space opposite that I think will be perfect for the large group photo, so fingers crossed…
CheshirePre-Wedding Shoots
Arley Hall Engagement Shoot

Country House Gardens Engagement Shoot

Country House Gardens Engagement Shoot Claire and Paul were guests at a wedding I shot last year, so it was really lovely when Claire got in touch to ask me to shoot here wedding in October this year, but when she told me what the venue was, I was so excited I done a little…
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Salford Quays Evening Engagement Shoot

Salford Quays Evening Engagement Shoot

Salford Quays Evening Engagement Shoot Kim and Dan were the 3rd of the Facebook competition winners and their engagement shoot was planned just before sunset, as Salford Quays is a great location for sunset and low light night time photos. We started out at the side of the Lowry Outlet, where the ship canal meets…
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Salford Quays Summer Engagement Shoot

Salford Quays Summer Engagement Shoot

Salford Quays Summer Engagement Shoot – Laura+Ben’s gorgeous blue sky pre-wedding shoot Laura and Ben were one of the couples who won an engagement shoot in Salford Quays through one of my Facebook competitions. They’ve been together for 4 years and they’re due to get married in Ireland next year. We were all hoping for…
Pre-Wedding Shoots
Bowness Engagement Shoot

Bowness Lake District Engagement Shoot

Lindsey & Ben initially found me at The Wedding Fair at Event City. We met up after the fair and I got to hear a bit more about their plans for the day. They had planned an informal, intimate affair in a bijou luxury Lake District hotel set within five and a half acres of…
ManchesterPre-Wedding Shoots
Bridgewater Canal Engagement Shoot

Canalside Cherry Blossom Engagement Shoot

Canalside Cherry Blossom Engagement Shoot Rachel & Rory booked me to shoot their August wedding at Bartle Hall beck in September at the Wedding Fair at Event City. The couple wanted their engagement shoot photos to contrast with the wedding ones, so since their wedding was in August, they were looking for a nice winterer…