I love doing engagement shoots and working with couples, which is one of the reasons I include engagement shoots as part of the consultation process in my wedding packages. It also gives couples a very good idea of what I’m like to work with and for me, an idea of what the couple are like to work with, as well as a better feel for the types of images they like.
Everybody is different, but after this engagement shoot I can’t wait for the actual wedding! Caroline and James were great fun and fantastic to work with and it shows. We’ve got some beautiful shots from our stroll around the ancient beech woodland of Burnham Beeches. A lot of the shoot was what I call semi–posed, i.e. selecting the locations for each sequence and then encouraging certain poses but then just letting the couples act as they naturally would.
The advantage of semi-posed was being able to set up accessories such as off-camera-flash (OCF), not something you can do when you can not predict what is going to happen. I must admit I was also taking the opportunity to practice some more with some Rogue 3-in-1 honeycombs for speedlites I’ve just bought. The light these light-modifiers / gobos produce is lovely with a nice fall off at the edges.
So now I’m impatiently waiting to shoot their wedding in August at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Woodstock and Eynsham Hall for the reception, both beautiful locations. But I’m going to be busy in the meantime and the blog of this photoshoot is late as it is.
Next up – a nursery photoshoot.