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I'm a London and South East England wedding and engagement photographer based in Fleet, Hampshire. I shoot weddings and engagement sessions in London, Hampshire (including Fleet, Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester...), Surrey, Berkshire and surrounding counties and all over the UK. I do love to travel so I also shoot weddings and engagement sessions abroad in beautiful and a bit warmer places like Spain.
As you can see above, engagement photos are really fun to shot. My couples are always at ease and they love their engagement pics. I only ask them one very important thing: choose your engagement location wisely! It has to be a very special place for you both. It could be the place where you met for the very first time, the place where you had your first date or even your first kiss. Or maybe just a beautiful place you love to visit together to disconnect and chill out. It doesn't matter if that place is in the middle of London or in Hampshire's stunning countryside. The most important thing is that this place has to be special, has to feel good and has to make you feel comfortable.
Another aspect of my wedding and engagement photos is that they are not posed. I do not make you pose in a weird and unnatural way. Neither of the images above is posed, I promise! Even the one with the couple dancing at Portchester Castle, they just decided to practise their first dance because the room was huge and stunning. It just happened and I was there to capture that marvellous moment, as it was.
Don't worry if you don't feel comfortable in front of a camera (to be honest, I do not feel comfortable too at all 😃), because I will make you feel at ease and you will have fun. It will be natural and easy. Keep in mind that engagement images have to reflect how you are as a couple, how you behave to each other, how you make the other laugh and so on... the only thing that I'm gonna tell you is: I love this spot, stay here and talk to each other, do whatever you want, love each other!
If you don't come up with a 'special location' don't worry, I will love to help you. I can suggest several beautiful locations that suit you when I have the opportunity to meet you. Also, you can find a list of my favourite locations in London and other counties such as Hampshire below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
ENGAGEMENT SESSIONs? WHAT IS THAT AND WHY SHOULD I have one?
Well, an engagement session is a casual photo shoot with your partner months before your wedding. Some couples use the engagement photos for their wedding website, their 'Save the Date' cards or wedding invitations or to display some lovely portraits of them on their wedding day. Additionally, it's a great opportunity for having a first contact with a professional wedding photographer. Engagement sessions also allow me to meet the couple a little bit more and see how they behave so I can have a more personal approach with them on their wedding day. This way I can get what I want: To achieve you to see me as another guest on your wedding day.
Engagement sessions are included in all my packages and mandatory. Mandatory? Seriously? Yes, as you can see on my website my style is quite quite different and personal. Engagement sessions are our first contact to let the magic flow.
HOW DO WE BOOK OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
As I said above, engagement sessions are included in all my packages so when you book your wedding with me we will talk about when and where your engagement session will take place. I always recommend having your engagement done way before your wedding day. I don't want you to be stressed or thinking about calling your bridal shop or tailor because your dress/suit wasn't altered properly and your dying because you're not sure if it will be ready on time for your wedding day. You know what I mean, right? I need you to be at ease, happy and wishful.
WHAT TIME WILL OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Good question, the most important actually. I only do engagement sessions at the 'golden hours'. What is that? Well, very early in the morning or two hours before sunset. And, why? Simply, because the lighting is wonderful, perfect for your engagement pics. It's romantic and in line with my very personal style. I promise, if you've got to get up very early in the morning (when I say very early I really mean it :D) you won't regret it when you see your engagement photographs. And if you're not keen on waking up that early, two hours before sunset has the same effect. So why very early in the morning? Well, if you choose a location that is very busy like, let's say London, the best way to get rid of the tourist (and I say it in a good way), is to get up very early and do your engagement session at dawn. London will be completely empty and the light will be stunning. However, if you want something more tranquil like somewhere in the middle of the countryside or in a park such as Victoria Waters, Basingstoke Canal etc... an engagement session before dusk will be lovely.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Be yourself, just that! Don't try to dress up if you don't like it and don't wear a dress if you don't want to. Something casual, smart casual will do but as I said, this is about you and your partner. You have to be you so don't try to be another person. It also depends on the location you choose. For example, if you choose a big urban city like London, a pair of wellies might not be the wiser option (or maybe it might be if it's raining a lot). However, if you choose a plain field in the middle of nowhere a gown or a long vaporous vintage dress could do the trick a look amazing. But as I said, be YOU!
Additionally, if you have hired a makeup/hair artist for your wedding this could be the best time for a trial, don't you think?. However, if the makeup artist tells you that you need tonnes of foundation because a proper makeup for a photographic session should be thick, repeat with me: NO! We will be working mostly of the time with natural light, so no need for exaggerated looks. Something natural, a look which you feel comfortable with will be enough. Conversely, if you haven't booked a makeup artist or you don't want to have your trial yet just wear something natural that reflects who you are.
CAN YOU PHOTOGRAPH OUR KIDS? OUR DOG?
Of course, I would love to! If they are important to you they are important to me! Just one suggestion, bring your kids (or your dog) with another person (friend, family member) at the beginning of the engagement session. We'll start taking lovely portraits of you all together and then that trusted person could take your kids (or dog) back home so we can focus on you and your partner.
MANU, WE'RE A SAME-SEX COUPLE AND WE DON'T FEEL THAT COmFORtABLE SHOWING OUR LOVE AT PUBLIC SPACES.
Well, I do understand you, I really do. Don't worry, many of my same-sex couples have that feeling at the beginning of the engagement session. However, do you know what happens after 30 or 45 minutes? They forget about everything and the start to loosen up. Actually, to be perfectly honest that happens to every couple I work with, it doesn't matter if is a same-sex couple or not. Nevertheless, if you feel that that won't happen to you, why don't we find a more secluded location for your engagement session? It wouldn't be the first time that I do an engagement session in a living room, to be honest, and I love that idea too! Listen, the most important thing is that you and your partner have to be at ease, so let's choose the perfect location for you both so you can enjoy the experience and stop worrying about external things, ok?. Think about a park, the countryside, the beach... there are a million places for an intimate engagement session.
I'M AFRAID I'M NOT PHOTOGENIC AT ALL. THE MOMENT I SEE A CAMERA I START MAKING WEIRD FACES.
Well dear, you're not alone! It happens to me as well. That statement, "I'm not photogenic at all" is something that I'm hearing more and more lately and I can't believe it when I listen to a bride-to-be or a groom saying that when they are simply beautiful. Listen, don't worry. You're gonna be at a beautiful place, with your partner who loves you endlessly so it's simple: you're gonna be really happy, and I'm gonna be able to see that during your engagement session. You're gonna look gorgeous and you don't have to think about how you look because if you're thinking that during the engagement session you're not gonna enjoy it. And you deserve to enjoy it, it's a special moment and you deserve it. Stop worrying about how you will look and let me show you how you really look. I promise, you're gonna change your mind and that will be the last time your will say "I'm not photogenic at all".
PD. Erase that phrase from your vocabulary now! :D
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LOCATIONS FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IN LONDON
Just a little list of my favourite locations for engagement sessions in one of the busiest and most beautiful cities of the world.
- BRIDGE TOWER AND CITY HALL
- NOTING HILL AND PORTOBELLO MARKET
- COVENT GARDEN
- WESTMINSTER AND BIG BEN
- ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL AND MILLENNIUM BRIDGE
- PARKS: HAMPSTEAD HEATH, KEW GARDENS AND REGENTS PARK
LOCATIONS FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IN HAMPSHIRE
My home county! I love it, I really do! It's so pretty and tranquil... I do love to shot an engagement session at any of its beautiful places. It makes any engagement session even more romantic!
- FLEET POND (FLEET)
- WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL AND CITY CENTRE
- PORTCHESTER AND PORTCHESTER CASTLE
- WEST WITTERING BEACH
- BASINGSTOKE CANAL
- DOGMERSFIELD TOWN
- ISLE OF WHIGHT
- NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK
- SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK
- HAMPSHIRE'S COAST