4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip An Engagement Session

Cat & Mikey's engagement session is now live on the Brides Up North site! (Click here) I thought this would be a fitting time to highlight a few honest reasons why as a wedding photographer, I think engagement sessions are so important yet often overlooked.

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1. Learn to relax

My photography style is very, very relaxed. The best shots are always the candid ones, the ones where you can see real, honest love. My couples know this and this is why they choose me to photograph their wedding, however one of the most common phrases I hear at a consultation is 'we hate having our photo taken!' If this sounds like you, I would definitely suggest booking an engagement session - think of it as a warm up to your big day! You'll soon see that 'acting natural' in front of the camera is less daunting that it seems. 

2. Get to know your photographer

Engagement sessions are a great way for us to get to know each other more before your wedding day. You'll see how I shoot and what to expect. I'm not a bossy photographer and definitely believe in working together to capture natural images. Again, eliminating the fear of the unknown means you will be far more relaxed when it comes to photos on your wedding day! These sessions are always great fun and a good way for me to catch up with your wedding plans and any ideas you have for your big day. 

3. Stationery!

Cat & Mikey used their images to make wedding invites and keepsakes. Knowing this, I made sure to shoot some images with plenty of negative space, allowing text to be overlaid nicely. If you have any special uses in mind for your engagement photos, let me know and we can create something.

4. Time to reflect

Your wedding day goes so, so quickly and although I make sure the bride and groom get plenty of couple shots together, it is rare that I get a solid hour just to solely photograph the couple. Wedding days are pretty hectic!
Your engagement photos are all about you. It's great to just spend time with each other, enjoy each other's company and reflect on your journey as a couple. 

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Even if you decide to never display your engagement photos, they are a keepsake from one of the most exciting and important parts of your journey as a couple. 

Scroll down to see more from Cat & Mikey's engagement session and check out the feature on Brides Up North: http://bridesupnorth.com/2017/01/23/our-love-story-catriona-mikey/

Thinking of booking an engagement session or regretting not having one? Don't worry! These make a fantastic gift for birthdays or anniversaries. 

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I want to start by saying that these two were absolute troopers at their session and it really takes a willing and adventurous couple to get these shots. I love working with couples who want to capture authentic images as much as I do! It really is a team effort. 

I'm trying to focus more on capturing real, honest, love and this session was definitely good practice in getting me out of my comfort zone. 

I will be photographing Cat & Andy's wedding later in the year (woo!) and they wanted to come and meet me for an engagement session not only for some awesome pictures, but so we could get to know each other more and I could learn more about their wedding plans. 

Turns out they both love superheroes! And we finished off the afternoon with a pub tea and a few pints, so I'd call that a success. 

Cat was really excited about this session and was happy to go along with my planning and judgement. I wanted to use this fantastic location near my house in the Pennines which has some gorgeously bleak moorlands as a backdrop. It's a bit brisk up there at the best of times but us Northerners just put our big coats on get on with things don't we? So I couldn't see the weather being a problem.

On the morning of the session it started snowing, but not like nice Christmas-card snow, horrible snow that is essentially just cold, stabby rain. 
I panicked and messaged Cat, describing how horrible the weather was and do her and Andy still want to come? Yeah, it's fine! She replied. We'll just bring some tea in a flask.
Knowing that Cat & Andy were willing to face the elements for these images, and that they really trusted in me, gave me an amazing confidence boost. I knew from then we were going to get some fantastic images.

We started the session by walking up the cobbled path to the moors, and the snow wasn't too bad! 

Once we almost reach the tops, the weather took a real turn for the worse! My eyes started to water really badly from the wind. I couldn't see and ended up with eyeliner all down my face which was a terrifying sight. I also had to keep my camera fully enclosed in the bin bag, so I was just taking an educated guess on what I was shooting. I asked if Cat & Andy wanted to turn back (by this point they were both soaked) but they were happy to carry on.

Honestly, although it could have been pretty miserable standing up on the tops in in the snow, the whole situation was strangely funny and the snow (excuse the pun) broke the ice for us all. It was also a good excuse for these two to snuggle close and I got to capture some really natural, intimate moments which are my absolute favourites! Cat & Andy hardly needed any posing. They're a really sweet couple (as you can see!) and I really loved capturing these moments.

When things got really bad, we had to whip the blanket out. This served as a really cute prop and I would definitely recommend bringing one to snuggle under during a couple's session. 

Eventually we all got too cold so we hurried back to dry off before grabbing a coffee at the Wine Press in Littleborough and talking through some wedding plans!

I really enjoyed photographing Cat & Andy and I feel as though I know them pretty well after our session. 
Engagement sessions are a great way to bond with your photographer alongside your consultations. You really do spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day, especially if you want all those lovely candid moments capturing. An engagement session is a great exercise in practising relaxing (not posing!) in-front of the lens and I always try and make time for a coffee/pint afterwards.

Are you ready to book some authentic and adventurous engagement photos?
Drop me an email and let's start planning our afternoon adventure!

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