Highcliffe Castle Engagement Shoot – Leanne & Dean

Here is my blog for Leanne & Dean’s Highcliffe Castle engagement shoot which took place in February 2015.

Leanne got in touch with me back in 2014 where we first met at her good friend’s Cheri’s wedding. A few weeks later Cheri put us in touch and Leanne was keen to book me for her wedding in March 2016.

An engagement shoot was thrown into the chat by Leanne. This is a benefit I am really starting to find useful for myself and brides and grooms wishing to use my wedding photography services. Now that Leanne and Dean were engaged they were busy planning the details of their big day, from flowers and invites to vendors such as cakes and music. With all that was going on it could have been easy for them to  overlook this unique stage of their lives.

It’s a time filled with anticipation, joy and love; capturing that moment in their lives can often be just as exciting as the wedding day. I thought I would cover in this blog the numerous benefits of taking part in an engagement shoot. These benefits may not be immediately obvious. So here are a few reasons you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity for that pre-wedding photo shoot!

Without a doubt you’ll have photos on your wedding day, but this is different. Your wedding is the day planned for a huge celebration with your family and close friends, but this shoot is all about you guys. While the wedding day will flash before your eyes, the engagement shoot is slow paced and allows you to really soak in the time you have together. Grabbing those raw emotions just between the two of you is a rare opportunity. You’ll be glad to have this to look back on when your own children are growing up and getting married.

Sometimes as a wedding photographer can be shooting weddings across the country and our clients usually have busy jam packed lives. We do not always have the time to get to know one another well. The engagement shoot at Highcliffe castle was my first opportunity of meeting Dean.

We had a walk around the grounds and found some great backdrops to use from both the architecture and the landscape. The week leading up to the Highcliffe Castle engagement shoot it was touch and go due to the weather. Leanne was keen to get some shots down on Highcliffe beach. I arrived at the shoot a good 45 minutes early to see what was accessible and what would work. I found the beach was pretty horrific with storm Imogen heading our way. The sea spray was everywhere and palm oil foam was flying all over the place.

I knew on their wedding day I would be spending several hours with this lovely couple and often will be capturing quite intimate and emotional moments. Spending this quality time together before their wedding day gave me the opportunity to get know them better. It also gave them time to feel more comfortable in front of my camera. These days I tend not to give too much direction to my couples. I want to be able to capture them interacting with one another naturally. There maybe the odd occasion I can offer some helpful advice. Quite often having your photos taken can feel weird especially if you have never had a professional photographer take them. You can feel stiff and awkward, not knowing how to smile or what exactly you should do with your hands. I always explain to my couples that they should imagine I do not exist and to blank me out. I tell them to use the shoot as a time to reflect back on their engagement and also to talk about what is exciting them the most about their upcoming wedding day and also their honeymoon.  I tackle my shoots with a very laid back approach and apply the principles if you take the pressure off then interaction will flow naturally.

An engagement shoot is a couples opportunity to practice being in front of the camera and get used to the idea of being close to each other (and kissing, a lot!) in front of another person.I remember Leanne saying Dean was not over the moon about kissing in front of a stranger with a camera and when you break this down actually who would.

In addition to helping you get comfortable in front of the camera, the engagement shoot is also a great time to get aquatinted with your photographer. Every photographer has a different way of shooting and doing things, and this is your chance to get comfortable with your photographer’s process.

The shoot took just under an hour and we had a coffee after and went through the details of their wedding day planned for March at Christchurch Priory and Rhinefield house.

Here are a few highlights for you to enjoy from Leanne and Dean’s Highcliffe Castle engagement shoot taken on a Windy Weekend in February.

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

Highcliffe Castle Engagement shoot

 

 

 

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