Why You Should Have an Engagement (or Proposal) Shoot

We’ve featured many gorgeous engagement shoots here on Cwtch The Bride and even an incredible proposal shoot, this week Charlie is giving her opinion on why these are such a good idea.

When I read about this gorgeous proposal shoot last week I was fairly blown away, knowing the amount of planning and effort it took and then seeing it unfold in front of our eyes was pretty magical.

Image by Claire at Loveseen Photography

Image by Claire at Loveseen Photography

Just think about it guys (or girls as the case may be), you have spent ages planning the perfect, romantic proposal but then it’s all over in a blur of emotion- how amazing would it be to have photos and/or a video of the whole thing to look back on?! These two went to the effort of planning to propose on the London Eye and just happened to be lucky enough to propose within eyeline of a talented photographer, our very own Maria Farrelly!

Images by Maria Farrelly

Images by Maria Farrelly

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I recently asked talented videographer Ben Walton if he had ever been asked to film a proposal and he said disappointingly he hadn’t been, it’s just not something people think of. But I have a feeling this kind of stealth shooting is going to really take off and I can’t wait to start seeing the results!

Image by Claire at Loveseen Photography

Image by Claire at Loveseen Photography

However if you are reading this post on Cwtch the Bride then chances are you have already had your proposal so instead of a proposal shoot it’s time to decide whether or not you want to have an engagement shoot.

When we first got engaged I really couldn’t see the point of an engagement shoot, it seemed to be just one more thing to spend money on unnecessarily. But once we met Maria (our photographer and creator of Cwtch the Bride!) I couldn’t wait to have one! For one thing, Mark and I didn’t have any really nice photos of the two of us and I couldn’t wait until the wedding photos for that! But more importantly we really couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to get to know our photographer and learn to relax in front of the camera.

I genuinely believe that a good rapport between photographer and client means that you get the best out of the photographs, being with a person you can relax and have a giggle with is such an important thing on your big day. As important as it is for you to get to know them, it is equally as important for them to get to know you. They will see how you interact with one another, how relaxed (or not) you are in front of the camera and what you do and don’t like.

I really recommend getting the engagement shoot done fairly early on, that way you get more time to enjoy your pictures and can think of ways that you want to incorporate them into the day if you want to. We had a guest book made out of our E shoot photos and now it sits proudly along with our wedding albums. We also used one on our wedding website and for our table numbers, and on our Facebook profile pictures too of course! Luxury bride Pippa had one of her photos blown up and turned into wallpaper for the bar area- it looked incredible!

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Above images both by Maria Farelly

Above images both by Maria Farelly

I thoroughly enjoyed our engagement shoot and can’t recommend it highly enough. Aside from the practical reasons above, it’s good fun too! You get to choose a location that’s special to you, dress up in whatever clothes you like (not quite the same as the wedding day!) and you get to spend a day laughing and smiling with your other half and get some lovely pictures at the end of it. Still not convinced? Maybe some of these gorgeous images will help change your mind.

Making table numbers: Leah & Ollie by Marie Lloyd

Making table numbers: Leah & Ollie by Marie Lloyd

We love featuring pre-wedding shoots here at Cwtch the Bride, if you have had one and would like to see it featured here we would really love you to get in touch with us on info@cwtchthebride.com

2 thoughts on “Why You Should Have an Engagement (or Proposal) Shoot

  1. Gorgeous photos! I have a beautiful set of photos of my now fiancé proposing to me on the pont des arts bridge in paris! So lovely to look back on and show everyone! X

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