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London Southbank Engagement Shoot

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Engagement couple on the Thames

Claire and Simon are getting married in April this year with the ceremony in Bermondsey and reception at the Amadeus Centre in “Little Venice” Maida Vale. When we initially met we had a naturally good rapport, which is so important, and an often underestimated factor when choosing a potential wedding photographer.

Photo shoot by the Thames

Wedding photography itself is generally classed as “social photography” and for a people orientated couple like ourselves it is a tremendous part of the enjoyment of capturing someone’s special day.

London southbank engagement shoot

If you care about the couple you are photographing above and beyond your natural professional level then your wedding photography will reflect this. Couples will look happy and relaxed, and your settings composition and direction will set you apart.

graffiti couple at Southbank

wedding couple at London southbank

A London engagement shoot isn’t for everyone. Although we have offered them for quite a few years, it is only about twenty percent of couples that decide they would like to do one. Simon and Claire had a special affinity with the Southbank of the Thames, so a shoot there made perfect sense. Sometimes we are hired purely for a London Engagement shoot when the wedding plans are a little different. This happens for instance when a couple are getting married abroad but want special memories of their time in the capital.

kissing behind snouthbank centre Londo

Other times for example a Chinese couple may come over specifically to get their engagement shoot done with a London flavour before returning home to marry. See our related post on this here: London Engagement Shoot and also here: Hertfordshire Engagement Shoot If this is the case please get in touch for a bespoke quote.

We are very adept at relaxing people on the big day in terms of having themselves photographed, and of course they are often blissfully unaware of many of the shots we take. However an engagement shoot can be useful for some to get used to our personalities and way of working. Often we will hear familiar feedback afterwards and during the shoot, which is how enjoyable and easy the whole process was. Well great! Now imagine that for your wedding day, because that is exactly how it is going to be.

Update: 3/2/15 just got this email through from Claire and Simon regarding their London engagement photography as follows: “The style of the pictures from last weekend are exactly what we’d hoped for! We just wanted to say we love them and are even more excited for the big day now!”

By David Green

 

 

 

London engagement shoot

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As busy wedding photographers our weekends are full and week days are spent editing images and meeting with couples. Our week also usually has at least one London engagement shoot.

London engagement shoot

Many of our wedding collections: Pricing contain a complimentary studio or location engagement shoot, which is great for getting to know a couple and relaxing them in front of the camera.

It is also a good chance to collect and create images that may be used on invitiations, signing boards and displays for the actual wedding day itself.

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Many couples who are getting married abroad and far away, say for example Singapore, Australia or Japan, choose us as experienced London wedding photographers for a bespoke engagement session in the capital. Very often this is because they have met each other here and want to celebrate and remember that part of their lives.. That was certainly the case for Singaporians Wai-Ling and Justin, who headed over for a few days before returning for work and wedding preparations in their home city of Singapore. Wai-Ling had very specific requirements of where she wanted to go, a kind of trip down memory lane if you like. It was left to myself David to do what I’m hired to do (ha!) and that is pick the spot, mood, angles, composition lighting and camera stuff, then create the moment and magic you would expect!

St Pauls engagement shoot at night

On a typical wedding day Joanna and I are used to having a fairly small amount of time to create the kind of unique shots that are going to be remembered for a lifetime. With an engagement shoot, there is extra time and opportunity for an almost limitless amount of photographic possibilities.

Lloyds building engagement photo

As befits a typical English evening it rained, then stopped, then started then…well you get the picture. No problem though, we love umbrellas in shots and it also clears away a great number of the general public off the streets!

Starting around the St Pauls area on a Tuesday evening, I noticed an unfeasibly good looking couple posing with a photographer on the steps of the cathedral. A short conversation with the “snapper” revealed the couple were actually models employed to boost his online portfolio. He had initiative that’s for sure but it is something Joanna and I have never done or needed to.  We only deal with real couples, their wedding days and engagement sessions! Real people come in all shapes and sizes and it is your job as a photographer to make them look their best in meaningful emotive shots that will stand the test of time. When I worked for glossy magazines doing branded fashion shoots once I had got the lighting and setting right the model could stand on their head, fall over, whatever and they would still look good. They were sculpted and styled to perfection because the army of helpers around us would make sure of that. Your average real world couple has to feel relaxed and comfortable, which is very much down to the personality and people skills of the photographers. They may need to be coaxed a little and certainly gently directed to get the best out of them. The moments and reactions that you see in photographs very rarely happen all by themselves. The photographer also has to take into account that one person may be much taller than another, carry a little more or less weight than another, wear clothes a little more comforatbly than another and so on.

Leadenhall market engagement shots

An often overlooked but very important point of preparation to bear in mind before your London engagement shoot is what you wear. To help make an akready good photographic image great, and keep the focus on your subject, then plain and simple is best. It is the opposite of the fashion ethos where the garment or accessory is king and the real point of emphasis. So we would always recommend avoiding busy patterns such as spots and stripes, big obvious logos and colour clashes. Nobody wants you to look like The Waltons though!

Rain image at London engagement shoot

Whether your engagement shoot is part of one of our wedding collections, or a one off bespoke and dedicated photo session, we will design a package and time frame for you to get the best possible experience and results in and around the greatest backdrop we know – London.

London engagement shot at Canary Wharf

To set up a relaxed chat, skype or meeting take a look at our contact page here: CONTACT Speak to us about our London engagement shoot prices.

You can also find part of our extensive image collection here: GALLERIES

By David Green