Connection, engagement & pre-wedding shoots.

April 26, 2019

Connection shoots, Engagement shoots & Pre-wedding shoots…

Commonly known as an ‘Engagement shoots’, you may hear a few different terms for what I call ‘Connection shoots‘. They are essentially a pre-wedding shoot designed to help you become more comfortable in front of the camera and help the photographer get to know you better as a couple.

What’s all the fuss about?

Engagement shoots. Bradgate Park, Connection Shoot by Daniel Hughes Photography

I’m going to be honest, when I first heard about engagement shoots I wasn’t all that fussed. It didn’t really make sense to me and how I worked. However, I began to realise that I was missing a trick, let me tell you why.

I am, at heart, a documentary wedding photographer. Sometimes that lends itself to situations where guidance is needed yet forced posing is just not what my couples want.

If I walked into a room and I had zero connection with a couple, getting the natural photos that we both want will take some time. That time just isn’t always there on a wedding day.

With a connection shoot I have a lot more freedom to convey what I want from my couples and what I’m trying to achieve. This lends itself really well to a wedding day.

Why I don’t call them engagement shoots.

Engagement shoots

When a couple enquires about my photography they are more than likely already engaged. How my shoots work isn’t just to capture candid moments.

I can absolutely photograph the moment you say I do (post coming soon). However, this is not the point of a connection shoot.

It’s a way to get to know you. The way in which I approach the shoot allows me capture the real you and gives you the confidence to just be!

It’s all about telling the story of you as a couple and that’s what I love to photograph.

Don’t look at me and don’t talk about the washing up!

Engagement shoots

I’m not after much really. I just know that if you start talking about the washing up, or anything that makes your shoulders slump then I will intervene.

However for the most part I don’t want to shape how you are with each other, I want to bring it out.

There are staple shots that I love to take but I will use the environment around me and ultimately how you are within that scene is what I’m looking to capture.

I really don’t want you to look at the camera (unless you’re taking the mick out of me and it works for the shoot). We’re here to get a documentary account of you both and we’re going to have fun. The shoot is also designed at making you more relaxed about your wedding photography.

Does this sound like something you’d be up for? Has this post convinced you to have a connection shoot?