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Best of 2017 Engagement Photo Shoots Around Scotland

So excited to finally start some of our roundup with our best of 2017 engagement photo shoots around Scotland!

It was an absolute honour and blast getting to know our couples that bit more during our time with them capturing these photos to add to their wedding journey.

Why get an engagement shoot? You may ask yourself; or is it worth spending money to get one? I shall cover some of these questions below along with others which are frequently asked.

 

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So let’s start off with why you should take the time and book in for an engagement photo shoot…

  • It’s a great way to spend more time with us your photographers. Sorry! Haha! No, of course, we aren’t all that bad and our time together will make us seem more as friends and less as just those photographers on your wedding day. This will help you both to relax that bit more and have fun in front of the camera. RESULT!
  • It gives you a chance to practice in front of the camera and discover that it really isn’t all that bad. This will help melt that dread of the photo session away. How awesome is that? A lot of couples we meet express that the thought of the photo session makes them nervous.
  • You can choose an awesome location which means something to you both (like the photo below. We travelled to the Isle of Bute and made a day of it after snapping these shots) or you can ask us for a list of our trusty full proofed tried and tested locations.
  • You can get all done up for photos and turn it into a date or date night!!! No better excuse then that to spend some extra special time together.
  • Last but not least they will become memories for you to keep. You can also use the photos to dot around on your wedding day or for any wedding projects.

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Why invest in an engagement photo shoot?

Well, it’s simple really. If any of the above points matter to you then we would suggest you strongly consider it.

 

 

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Another great thing to point out is that we have a bit more time on an engagement shoot so we can experiment a bit more and come up with shots like the below, using items from our “bag of tricks” which we have picked up from various workshops we have been on and online articles.

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When is the best time of day for this type of shoot?

We always suggest morning or evening when the light is not as harsh. However, in Scotland it’s often cloudy so on those days it really doesn’t matter.

From November to March it is possible for us to perhaps fit you in on a weekend day but for the most part, we only do engagement shoots during the week as weekends are wedding filled or for us to make memories with our Louie since besides this we are also devoted parents to him.

Feel free to ask us what we have available but also please do keep an open mind that you may need to take a day or afternoon off of work. Respect goes a long way both ways. If it is local and an evening shoot then there is, of course, no need to do so.

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What happens if it rains?

For the most part, we still go ahead as drizzle never really hurt anyone and we always manage just as we will on your wedding day.

We also have a trusty app which actually tells us the weather by the minute. For example, how cool is it that we got some dramatic skies in the shot below?! We also knew that in 10 minutes from that point there would be a huge downpour so we called it a day after this shot and walked back to our cars just in time. As weather can be unpredictable on the coast we can’t always rely on this app but it does help us out a lot.

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What season should you have your engagement session in?

Well, it all depends on which season you love most and for what reason. Like for example, cherry blossoms are very popular for engagement shoots which is why we chose to do the below session when they were out.

Another factor which can come into play and perhaps an idea is to choose a season opposite from the season you are getting married in to change things up a bit.


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So hopefully we have given you a bit more insight on why you should book in for an engagement shoot before your wedding. No worries if it is still not your thing as we are not here to put pressure on anyone. That is not how we roll.

If you want to have a wee look at a few full wedding sessions have a peek at some I have linked to below.

Enjoy : )

Julia and Charlie. We headed off for a wee road trip to discover a new beach in Scotland called St-Cyrus beach in Aberdeenshire and it was rather beautiful.

Lorna and Ryan. As mentioned above we made a day of this by bringing Louie and his grandad along for the adventure to the Isle of Bute. We shot this on the beach at the rather epic Scalpsay Bay with views of Arran as a backdrop.

Gillian and Stewart. Kept it a bit more local for these two as they asked for recommendations so we chose Pollok Park which always delivers.

Laura and Barry. As a contrast, these two decided to do their engagement shoot in the city centre as this is where they used to always meet when they were dating. Tied in perfectly with their journey as a couple.

Wherever you choose for your shoot, in whatever season and whatever conditions we will go above and beyond to have fun and create beautiful imagery for you to look back on for years to come.

Chantal and Scott x

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