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10 Reasons to Have an Engagement Shoot

There is something magical about an engagement shoot. The excitement for married life, the big day and all that life has to offer.  

I love celebrating this! Its so lovely to have memories to look back on from this time – to bring a smile when times are tough or to remind you to be thankful when things are great.

Here’s 10 reasons to consider an engagement shoot.

1. We’ll have fun!

Engagement shoots are totally chilled out and fun. There’s no pressure and we can have some craic.

2. Practice

If you being in front of the camera is something you aren’t used to, an engagement shoot will show you how much fun it can be

3. Beat the nerves

If you are nervous about your wedding photographs, gain some confidence and banish those nerves!

4. Go somewhere special

Have the photographs taken somewhere you can’t go on your wedding day. Somewhere special to you or somewhere hard to reach in a wedding dress.

5. Include your pets

Include your dogs in the photographs. They’ll enjoy a nice walk too!

6. Get to know Peter. He’s not so bad apparently

Seriously though, its a great way to spend some time with your photographer, break the ice and get to know each other.

7. Use the photographs to decorate your walls in your home

This is a great excuse to get some stunning imagery for your walls. Whether its for the living room, kitchen or bedroom there’s sure to be a photograph to suit.

8. Give the photographs away as gifts to your parents

Christmas and Mothers Day are sure to be sorted this year!

9. Use them for save the date cards or wedding invites

Many of our customers have used the images as guest books, wedding invites or save the date cards. There’s no more personal touch.

10. Enjoy N.Ireland’s amazing scenery

We really do live in an beautiful country. It’s lovely to be able to capture this in your photographs.

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The day I photographed a proposal!

It’s not every day you get to photograph a marriage proposal live! 

I arrived up at Dunluce Castle ahead of the couple. I must admit I was a little apprehensive – what if she said no! Raj assured me that was unlikely (very reassuring!) and so I went to work setting up the sign Raj had sent me and some flowers collected on route.

I must admit Raj had gone to some considerable effort! He’d organised a custom made sign and had it delivered to the studio. He’d also requested a bunch of flowers to be on site. Every little detail was organised on a spreadsheet to military precision! We must have had about 10 Skype calls before the big day organising every precise timing and detail.

I was receiving live updates from Raj as he approached – and so the tension was building! I could see them approaching so I lay in wait, hiding the sign and the flowers from the view of other tourists!

Raj wasted no time – straight down on one knee. Harina seemed somewhat surprised to say the least – but after a few moments of shock she said yes!!

So after the big deed was done, we set about marking the occasion with some photographs. The couple live in the US, so I was pleased the weather held up for some scenery photographs!

We visited Carick-a-rede rope bridge and Ballintoy Harbour too. Beautiful locations. By this stage we had got to know each other – and I realised that this couple where full of ‘craic’. They were really great fun to be around.

There you go – a live marriage proposal on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Raj & Harina – thanks for trusting me with this special moment!

5 reasons to have an engagement photo shoot

Engagement photo shoot

In all the excitement of planning a wedding, it can be easy to forget to enjoy your actual engagement, and the perfect way to mark the occasion is with an engagement photo shoot. If it’s something you’re considering skipping, here are a few reasons why you won’t want to miss it!

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Get to know each other

As soon as you confirm your wedding photographer, snap up an engagement photo shoot with them! This session affords everyone the perfect opportunity to get to know each other. Aside from your other half, you’ll spend most time with your photographer on your wedding day so breaking the ice and feeling comfortable around each other is vital. During this relaxed session, I like to use the time to get to know my couple a little better, watching how they interact and their quirks, making mental notes to help capture moments on the wedding day that are special to them.


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Practice for the day

For the majority of couples, their engagement photo shoot will be the first time they have been professionally photographed together so it’s the perfect time to test drive your wedding photos. This gives you the chance to see photos of yourself ahead of the wedding so you can feed back to your photographer if there are any angles or positions you aren’t keen us, meaning you get the absolute maximum out of your wedding photos. The session will help you both get camera ready, putting any awkwardness at ease.



Get creative

One of the best things about having an engagement photo shoot is that it’s fun, meaning it’s the perfect way to alleviate stress during a busy time of planning. It also lets you get as creative as you want, allowing you to choose a location with a difference or somewhere which holds special significance to you both. Doing this will ensure your photos mean even more to you and a familiar environment might help you feel more at ease.


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Feel reassured

When you see your engagement photos and feel excited about them, you’ll immediately gain more confidence in yourself and your choice of photographer. When your wedding day arrives, rather than dreading having a camera on you all day, you’ll love having your photos taken, which will definitely enhance the final outcome.


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Use them!

Don’t forget, your engagement photos serve as a perfect momentum of a truly special time so they’ll take pride of place in your home for many years to come. There are also more cool ways to use them such as for save the dates, table markers, invites, or even gifts to your parents. Or, you can just make them into a beautiful album – the perfect coffee table book!


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Whatever you decide, go out with your photographer and have fun with it! Knowing and having trust in all your wedding vendors, especially your photographer is essential for a smooth running day.

Engagement Shoot in Tollymore Forest Park & Tyrella Beach

I’ve done quite a few really nice engagement shoots recently – and I was just thinking I never share them. So here’s one from last week – the lovely Samuel & Naomi. The engagement shoot was in Tollymore Forest Park and Tyrella Beach.


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Everything is starting to turn autumnal – love the colours!





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LOVE this next shot.






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Kerry & Craig’s Engagement – Downhill Beach



I must admit, as I drove down to the beach at 9am I was feeling a little tired. But the moment I got out of the car I was wide awake – literally gale force winds. Pretty fresh! Of course there was no-one else on the beach – N.Ireland really is an amazing place. After a few wind-swept photographs we decided to head for shelter. We landed at Bishops Gate. Love this next photo!


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A passer-by walking her dog looked at me strangely as I peered out from the middle of a bush with my camera! 🙂




The tree’s are cool. Reminds me a little of Game of Thrones.




Love the feel to the next one.




Let’s finish with one from the beach.



I can’t wait until the big day in December!

Gary & Ruth’s Engagement


We’d been pinning various ideas on pinterest for a while – hence the suitcases and various bits and bobs! Love these themed shoots!DSC_0476

After about 15mins the airport controller came out to tell us there was a ‘big shower’ coming in from the North. Well he wasn’t wrong and it rained the rest of the shoot 🙁 . So we retired to one of the hangars and I went into wet photography mode. The hanger was actually really cool.

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Just because…

Love this next one.


Love that previous one – did I tell you that already 🙂


So long airmail coloured helium balloons. We’re sorry you were let go so soon after being employed 🙂


Here’s a wee plug – if you have an idea for a cool themed engagement shoot let me know!

Alice in Wonderland Engagement Shoot!

David & Louise’s Engagement

You might have guessed that I like doing weddings! My first wedding of the 2012 summer season will be Louise & David’s (next Friday!!). Can’t wait to get back on the road again. Anyway, what better way to celebrate than to post a few engagement photos 🙂

We met up a few weeks ago in a coffee shop to go through all the details for the wedding and took a few engagement photos while we where at it. I must admit it was a rather pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning…coffee,craic,cookies,camera (do you like what I did there with the 4 c’s – should have been a minister 🙂 )

Ok, so here’s a few photos:

Very much like the one below left. The guys are getting this one framed up – which I think will look freaking awesome. Did I just say ‘freaking awesome’??? Yikes – still in Vegas mode.

Great couple!

Matty & Rachel’s Engagement Shoot

This could be a quick blog post – I’m in Heathrow airport and the WIFI access is costing 11p/minute :-). Waiting in an airport is a good opportunity to catch up on all the little things I should have done during the week – and one of those was blogging this engagement shoot. If you are on my Facebook page (if you aren’t you should be!) this will be old news – but for the rest of you here goes…

So we started off where Matty & Rachel got engaged – a cool little cinema in Comber…



And after this dose of extreme romance, we headed off to the Titanic Quarter for some urban goodness. This is a class place for a photoshoot – I want to do more here… so if you are a model (ok thats pushing my luck – but you never know) or recently engaged get in touch!! I’ve included some behind the scenes shots to give you a wee feel for the shoot…

Love the next one on the left..

Iconic Belfast image coming up…

Having fun with some weird crops at the moment…


Love this shot of Rachel..

Oh like the next one too…



Great – so the WIFI bill is adding up and I better go. Did I mention I’m off to WPPI Las Vegas?????

I can’t wait! Talk soon!

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