Six reasons why an engagement shoot is a good idea

While planning a wedding may feel like an enormous task to take on, one thing you may not want to overlook is scheduling in an engagement shoot. 

Engagement photoshoots (some call it a pre-wedding shoot) have become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more couples opting to capture their love in a series of informal and fun photographs. In this blog, we’ll provide reasons as to why you should consider booking in an engagement shoot with your photographer.


1: Get comfortable in front of the camera

Understandably, many couples are nervous about being in front of the camera, especially if they’ve never been involved in a professional photoshoot before. An engagement shoot is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and develop a rapport with your photographer. This will help you feel more relaxed on your wedding day as you won’t be worrying about what your photographer is doing and therefore, should ultimately result in more natural photos.

2: Capture a special moment in Your relationship

Your engagement is a special time in your relationship, and an engagement shoot is a wonderful way to capture this moment in time. These photos will serve as a lasting reminder of your love and commitment to each other, and you’ll be able to look back on this exciting period for years to come.

3: Incorporate your engagement photographs in your wedding 

Engagement photos are perfect to use on save-the-dates, wedding invitations or personalised wedding websites. By having an engagement shoot, you’ll have a variety of beautiful photos to choose from, and you’ll be able to select the perfect image to use throughout your wedding. In addition, many photographers may provide personalised signing boards and books which are also a unique way to incorporate your engagement photographs.

4: Get to know Your Photographer

Your photographer is one of the most important suppliers you’ll work with before, during and after your wedding, so it’s important you feel comfortable with them. An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and to see how they work. Building this trust will mean you can relax on your wedding day knowing that they have it all in hand.

5: Create beautiful artwork for your home

Professional photographers will produce stunning photographs for you. This will give you opportunities to display them in your home adding a personal and meaningful touch to your décor which you can add to after you receive your wedding photographs.

6: Have fun!

Finally, one of the best reasons to have an engagement shoot is simply to have fun! Planning a wedding can be stressful and taking some time out to enjoy each other’s company and create some beautiful memories can be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning.


If you can spare the time, an engagement shoot is worth the effort and will make that important time in your relationship even more special. The more time you spend with your photographer will enable them to understand what type of people you are and understand what works for you which will only contribute to wonderful photographs you will receive after your wedding.

Are you looking for a professional wedding photographer in Hertfordshire? Meachen & Shorey Photography offer natural and documentary-style wedding photography. Please feel free to get in contact if you would like to learn more about what we offer.

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