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Why not capture the euphoria of
your engagement with professional
photographs? If you haven t already
considered it, here are some reasons
why you should:
Part of the package
Take advantage of the opportunity
that many photographers will offer you
a complimentary or discounted engage-
ment shoot if you book them for your
Build a rapport with
This will be your first opportunity
to work with your photographer. It gives
both parties a chance to bond and get
to know each other s personalities and
preferences. Feeling comfortable around
your photographer is key to an effort-
less, laid-back shoot.
You can also use the shoot as a
chance to get accustomed to being in
front of the camera and for getting used
to certain posed angles and positions.
A way to address your concerns
Many people are "camera shy" and
this is why a shoot can help allay some
of their camera fears. Brides may be
worried about not photographing well,
or photos taken from certain angles
may not flatter them, or simply con-
cerned about how to pose in order to
camouflage certain physical flaws.
All of these issues can easily be
worked out during an engagement
shoot. Many couples feel more confi-
dent after the photo shoot, having been
privy to the photographer s directions,
tips and cues.
An opportunity to
Most of the time, an engagement
shoot is fairly informal (unless you want
to go for formal, posed shots). Since
the shoot will be more casual, you have
free reign to experiment with different
types of photos, locations, poses and
lighting. In a way, the shoot can be
considered as a dress rehearsal for the
photo shoot on your wedding day.
Your engagement photos can be used
on your "save the date" cards, invita-
tions or even thank you cards. You can
also incorporate them into the reception
décor, wedding favours (think coasters!)
or a projected slideshow during your
Some other styling tips for
your engagement shoot are:
Selecting your wardrobe---Always
be aware of the background for your
shoot. You wouldn t want to blend in!
One example is avoiding wearing green
if your shoot will take place in a garden
or park. Another colour may pop, such
as white, ivory or even brighter colours
such as purple, red or orange.
It is also best to wear comfortable
clothing for your shoot. If your style
is more casual, try not to turn into
someone unrecognisable in a cocktail
dress and stilettos on your shoot! The
best option is to stay true to your style
and clothing preferences.
Try to avoid clothing that will
become see-through in the sunlight or
clothing that will show your underwear
or perspiration stains, if you re doing
an outdoor shoot.
Having props or a certain theme---
Many couples choose to use parasols,
balloons, cars, bicycles or beach balls,
to inject more personality and interest
during their shoot. Couples are now
incorporating their pets and favourite
memorabilia (books, collector items or
heirlooms) even more, as well.
Choose a meaningful location---
Engagement shoots are not usually done
in studio; most are done off-site or on
location. Your choice of location can
be as simple as having it at home, if
that s where you re most comfortable.
However, if you would like to be more
adventurous, your shoot is an ideal time
to select a location that reflects your
interests. For example, if you are a sports
fan, you can choose to shoot in a sta-
dium or playing field or if you love to
dine out, you can do your shoot al fres-
co, at your favourite restaurant or café.
Many couples choose locations that
are off-the-beaten path such as: on a
rooftop, beachside, a movie theatre, on
a bridge or near to monuments or places
of architectural interest.
For photo ideas for your
engagement or wedding shoot,
visit the TrinidadWeddings' Pinter-
est board here: https://www.pin-
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