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Why have a pre wedding shoot


It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know each other so that there are no surprises on your big day. I can see you together as a couple in a ‘normal’ situation, working out what’s best for you – and you can get to know my shooting style whilst practising and experimenting in front of the camera (and not your guests!).

As a result, I promise that your wedding day photographs will be even more amazing, because you will be entirely comfortable with what’s happening on your special day.

Why not use the photos to create personalised ‘save the date’ cards and wedding décor, or perhaps have a large portrait which your guests can sign instead of a book?

What to Wear

Wear your favourite dress, something comfortable, geeky or fun. Most importantly, wear something that is you. We recommend bringing a few different outfits to add variety to your photo shoot.

We also suggest wearing complementary colours if you don’t want to clash (unless that’s the theme!) and nothing with large logos as this may date.

Helen and Roger Engagement Shoot – Brobury Scar Woods, Hereforshire


Choose a location that is special and meaningful to the both of you – perhaps where you met for your first date, the location of your first weekend away, or where the proposal took place?

It would be great if the location contains a variety of backdrops and textures.


I want your photo shoot to be fun and therefore activities are a fabulous way to get you both laughing and enjoying the experience, resulting in photos which are natural, interesting and catch the essence of your relationship.

I’m more than happy for you to incorporate children, hobbies, pets and props or anything else appropriate into the photo shoot to make it more personal to you.


The sessions can be as fun, natural, staged or styled as you would like them to be. If you would prefer a simple and natural engagement shoot of the two of you that’s just fine, and if you want something staged or outrageous I can make that happen too!


If required, I work with a team of hair and make-up artists and stylists to ensure that you are looking fabulous for the shoot. Ask me for further details if you are interested.

How long?

The shoot will take between 1 and 2 hours at a location chosen by you.


What is included?

• Pre-session consultation

• 2 hours of photography ‘on location’

• 50-100 images on disk in high resolution to print and low resolution to email or use on social media

• Images fully edited by our team of experts.

Visit the After Your Shoot page for further information about photo editing, album options and our online galleries.

Visit our recent blog posts containing galleries from recent engagement photo shoots

Rob and Ann had a very wet photo shoot on Dartmoor in the magical Wistman’s Wood

Anna and Ed
had aBluebell Woodlands photo shoot in Bristol

Briony and Ed had a beach photo shoot in Cornwall

Roger and Helen had a woodland photo shoot in Hereford

Laura and Jonathan had a woodland photo shoot at Snuff Mills, Bristol

Lucy and Neil had a photo shoot in Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

Mike and Lydia had a Cornish woodland country style photo shoot

Rhian and Gordon had a beautiful beach photo shoot in Polzeath,  Cornwall.


I like to get to know my couples before the big day so I encourage couples to have a pre-wedding photo shoot before their wedding day.

If you would like to purchase a voucher for an engagement shoot, please visit the Prices page for details and options.

Read some recent comments from our happy customers ☺

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