Firstly, congratulations and thank you for booking a Mornington Peninsula engagement shoot! They’re such good fun and the perfect way to start a series of memories in your wedding timeline.
Now, I appreciate some of you may not feel too comfortable in front of a lens and might also be wondering “how should I prepare for an engagement shoot?” Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal! I’ve created this article, especially for you, to help figure it all out and make the most out of your engagement photography in Mornington Peninsula.
First of all, I want to put your mind at ease and tell you it won’t be the daunting experience you might believe it to be. I like to think of this as a chilled-out session where we can get to know one another, you can watch how I work without making you feel uncomfortable, and we can see it as a sort of “trial run” before the big day.
Here are a few tips to consider which will help us create a memorable and romantic set of photos for your engagement shoot, and allow the both of you to be the most authentic versions of yourself.
Wear The Right Clothing
The location we decide upon will play a key part in the clothes you’ll want to wear. There’s nothing worse than trying to be comfortable but being restricted by your clothing choice.
If we decide on somewhere urban, convenient and easily accessible, then a dress and high heels (if that’s what you want to wear) are fantastic choices. That’ll turn out as an incredibly elegant photo shoot which is always really fun for everyone.
However, if we chose somewhere a bit less accessible like a beach, then it makes sense to wear something more adaptable. That’s especially true for the spontaneous moments where we dip our feet in (because who doesn’t love doing that when you’re at the beach!?) Something like a shorter dress, a skirt or shorts is a good option in this case.
One thing to mention here is it can sometimes get a little nippy on the beach at sunset. As such, I would recommend layering up if you’re prone to getting cold – because not being warm enough is a surefire way to get uncomfortable during a shoot. Plus, layers and accessories look fantastic in photos, so don’t worry about that part!
Approach It Like A Date
One of the best ways to prepare for your Mornington Peninsula engagement shoot is to think about the whole thing slightly differently. Think of the experience like a fun date with your other half – any nerves or uncomfortable feelings will likely disappear faster than if you think of it as a photo shoot.
All you should be thinking about is how excited you are to hang out with your fiance while the sun sets – that’s it! Sure, I’ll be there with a camera so it’s not entirely like a normal date, but the focus will be on both of you. Just think of me as a friend tagging along!
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Relax, Have Fun And Don’t Worry About A Thing
I know this last one is easier said than done, but I promise you that you don’t need to be nervous or worried about anything during our shoot. Think of it as a great way for you both to connect and make some new memories, while we practice making your wedding photos go smoothly on your big day.
Just relax, and most importantly of all, have fun! Be yourself, whatever that means to you, and your photos and experience on the engagement shoot will be 100 times better than if you’re trying to follow specific expectations.
How Will You Help Me Feel Comfortable On My Engagement Shoot?
We’ve talked about what you can do to help yourself feel comfortable on the shoot, but I can help you out too. As a seasoned Mornington Peninsula engagement photographer, it’s in my best interest to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, so whether that means playing your favourite music, having a dance or simply getting to know you better, I’ll make it happen.
This isn’t your typical photoshoot but instead a way for us all to get to know each other and feel comfortable before the big day. Of course, the photos from this session always help create a deeper and longer narrative for your big day, but the benefits go even deeper than just photos.
If you have any questions at all about your upcoming engagement shoot or want to discuss anything regarding your wedding photography in general, get in touch and let’s create some beautiful memories together!