Beekeepers engagement shoot - photography

Today the lovely Emma from TNWC business Freckle Photography  shares her wisdom on engagement shoots. Personally I think they’re the perfect opportunity to embrace the things you love to do together and take a moment out from the craziness of  wedding planning.

I’m sure these beautiful images featuring beekeepers, vintage railway lovers and camping couples will inspire you to plan something beautiful, fun and memorable to capture the essence of you as a couple.

Over to Emma…

Whilst planning my own wedding last year, I suddenly realised that the thought of being photographed all day terrified me! Not just because I spent my life behind the lens, but because I’m a normal girl with all the usual insecurities about my wobbly bits and the way my face scrunches up a bit too much when I’m really happy.

As for the boys, the idea of being obviously affectionate in ‘public’ and then being photographed can be equally as alarming.

Field engagement photoshoot - photography

What is an engagement shoot and why have one?

I’m sure this is a fairly normal reaction when planning a wedding, which is why I offer a photo shoot prior to the wedding. Sometimes called an ‘engagement shoot’ or a ‘pre-wedding shoot’, the aim is for you and your photographer to get to know one another, dispel any myths about having your photo taken and get some awesome and fun images in the process.

Engagement photoshoot - photography

Despite it being a bit daunting at first, I can tell you within minutes you will be enjoying yourselves. It’s a great excuse to have a bit of time out together, kiss more than you have all week and generally lark about!

Beach engagement photoshoot - photography

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Izzy Burton illustration

Well firstly I want to announce that this is my 1,000th blog post!  Whoop whoop!  I can barely believe it, but it seems like a pretty neat achievement.  What could be nicer than my 1,000th blog post being written by one of my lovely TNWC Real Brides?  Today we have Emma back with us and she’s sharing her super sweet engagement photoshoot, along with her feelings on being photographed on her ‘big day’.  

I think it’s fair to say there’s a great number of us brides-to-be who aren’t thrilled about being photographed all day long, I was pretty apprehensive about the whole thing, but my experience was that we picked the right photographer for us (the lovely Mark Tattersall) and we both felt so at ease (plus we were pretty loved up all day!).  

For any of you worried about having your photo taken on your wedding day, I hope reading about Emma’s worries and her experience of having an engagement photoshoot helps you feel that it will all turn out fine…

Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Last month I had a wobble; the only real wobble I’ve had in this whole wedding planning process. I started to freak out about having my photograph taken on the big day.  This is probably because I have always been the one behind the camera and despite having taken photographs at lots of weddings, I had never really thought about what I would feel like; really feel like, on my actual wedding day.

I am really good at reassuring the brides I have photographed myself but was worried I wouldn’t be able to reassure myself, so started to worry I would have a mini meltdown about being in front of the lens.  So I picked up the phone to our photographer and booked an engagement shoot…

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Bohemian Weddings engagement photography

Yesterday I featured Charlotte and George’s informal English country wedding which was captured by TNWC wedding photographers Bohemian Weddings.  As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Michael and Andrea from Bohemian Weddings have a fantastic offer for TNWC readers.

Until the 28th February 2013 Bohemian Weddings are offering a free engagement shoot worth £250 for anyone booking their wedding with them before that date.

Alternative engagement photoshoot

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Loveducks Photography

I thought I would give you all a quick all-in-on-place round-up of the great wedding offers and discounts currently available (or about to expire!) from businesses listed on The Natural Wedding Company.

Loveducks Photography

WIN a wedding photography package worth £2,500!  To enter the competition click here and tell Loveducks Photography your engagement story – the sweetest engagement story will be announced as the winner on Valentine’s Day 2012.  Get your entry in by 12th February 2012. Check out her photography above!

Wedding in a Teacup

15% off all orders up until 31st January 2012, simply enter the code SPARKLE15 at checkout.  Visit to view their range of lovely wedding favours and DIY resources.

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Natural Design

Don’t miss an exclusive 10% discount for all orders placed by The Natural Wedding Company readers, simply enter the code NWC discount in the further information box when checking out.  Visit to view the pretty range of favours, decorations, gifts and stationery.

Natural Design paper roses

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vintage inspired engagement shoot

The last couple of weeks have seen some wonderful and exciting emails pop into my inbox, and this eco-chic engagement shoot organised by ethical wedding consultant Clarisse Elysée, was one of those beautiful ones.

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Recently engaged, Kimberley and Troy were inspired by 1950s jazz icon’s such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and although a little daunted to start with soon embraced the theme and relaxed into the photoshoot.

1950s vintage inspired engagement shoot

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If you missed yesterday’s sweet engagement shoot then take a look first, then read on to get photographer Kelly Weech’s suggestions for why a pre-wedding photoshoot might benefit you.

Try before You Buy: On your big day it is essential you feel at ease around your photographer and they fit in amongst your guest.  An engagement portrait session is the perfect opportunity to test the waters, see the way in which they work and the results the photographer can produce.  You can then make an informed decision about the quality of their work and if you want to make the bigger investment of that particular photographer shooting your wedding.
Put your mind at ease: A one to one session is a great opportunity to voice any insecurities you have and for the photographer to work with you to over come these before the big day.  You could even practise some poses so you feel confident on the day just to do them and allow the photographer to capture natural moments.

It’s all about you: The point of this session is that it is all about you and your partners love.  There is no right or wrong way to dress or particular way to act, just be yourself.  If you have a hobby together then incorporate this into the shoot or if you have a special place, then go to that location.  It is good to be different and to feel your photographs are a true reflection of your lifestyle.

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Today it’s a blog special, with an exclusive photoshoot from photography Kelly Weech.  It’s a sweet engagement photoshoot of Lydia and Ben who planning a Devon wedding that reflects their love of the outdoors.  The photoshoot took place in woodland near to their home and on the beach where Lydia proposed to Ben – I love it all ready!

What I think is down-right wonderful about these photos is that the couple seem so genuine.  These are photos of a couple very much in love, captured in the places they are at home and comfortable in.  The pretty details in this shoot are an out-of-this-world beautiful antique engagement ring and a cute dog.

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