Love (Engagement shoots) DO them!
If your photographer includes a love shoot in their package, which I do, I highly recommend you use it and take full advantage of it.
Erase all misconceptions of cheese now! Then, open your mind to the wonderful art of photography, with you and your partner in the picture.
How many of us have had a professional photo shoot done? Unless you are a model or an actor, the chances are your wedding day will be the first time a professional photographer works with you.
This concept can be quite daunting and I’m sure all sorts of feelings of anxiety and insecurity may weigh on your mind. Do you really want to risk the ‘deer in the headlights’ look on your wedding day? NO! Do all that funny stuff on your engagement shoot. Loosen up, have a laugh, let the photographer be your guide!
Fear not my future Mr and Mrs Confetti models, once you get to your engagement shoot and start working with your photographer, it is not nearly as scary as it seems and more often than not, a really enjoyable experience.
Pro’s of a love shoot:
- Another chance to spend time with your fun and fabulous photographer. A perfect opportunity for us all to get to know each other a little more and on a much more personal level. Have coffee and cake or a glass of wine after and discuss how it felt, or don’t and just have a buzz.
- Firsthand experience on how your photographer will work with you on the big day. Get to see them doing what they love best and experience how they will direct you during the day.
- A chance for you to feel comfortable in front of your photographer (whilst being fairly intimate with your better half). Sometimes this takes a little while but after some time you will feel totally at ease. The wedding day shoot will be a total breeze.
- A fabulous set of photos in a different location to your wedding that you can cherish forever.
Con’s of a love shoot:
I hope this was helpful ladies and gents. Feel free to go back on recent posts on my website under Useful Tips For Your Wedding Day. If you liked this post, share it! Dena xxx
Catherine and Joe are two of the most laid back people I have met working in this profession. From the minute I met them I knew by their relaxed demeanor that this wedding was going to have a completely chilled out vibe to it.
There I was harping on about where I came from and why I love photography when Joe interupted me and said, “Dena, you can stop now, we are happy to have you as our photographer, we love your work.” They went on to explain that all they wanted was someone to capture the day as it was, with as little posing as possible. That’s me all over as a photographer, I love being in the background and documenting all the magic unfold.
Harvey’s Point in Donegal was the wedding venue so, not having been there before, it was a perfect excuse to drag my boyfriend there for a ‘recce’ shoot ahead of the big day.
What a magical place! Set in the middle of the mountains right next to Lough Esk, the feeling for pure escapism is overwhelming. Harvey’s exudes elegance and luxury. The staff treat you like royalty yet at the same time make you feel as if you are their close friends. We loved it so much, we have booked it again this year for our anniversary so it’s no wonder Catherine and Joe chose Harvey’s Point for their wedding day.
The morning of the wedding was perfect. Catherine, calmly getting ready in her parents home whilst her lovely little niece fluttered around the house, enchanting everyone around her with her excitement. Joe, waiting patiently at Harvey’s, chatting to all around him, not an ounce of nerves to be felt anywhere. Catherine looked just like a Princess walking down the Isle. After an incredibly organized and effortless ceremony we were blessed with beautiful winter light to shoot our portraits both at the pier of Harvey’s and then up the hills, looking down on Lough Esk. Fair play to them, it was freezing up there but they pushed through like troopers.
Even though it was clearly evident already, the speeches proved that these two were made for each other. The rest of the night was full of dancing, laugher and happiness.
Thank you Joe and Catherine for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful day. I wish you all the happiness in the world. xxx
Dress: Mc Elhinneys Store
Bridesmaids and suits: Mc Elhinneys Store
Flowers: Funky Flowers
Hair: Marie McDaid
Make-Up: Annemarie Carolan
DJ: Velvet DJ’s
It all started in 2006 in a 6th year Math’s class for Sibeal and Rob. Their teenage romance blossomed into a beautiful relationship and their mutual zest for life led them to travel Asia and Australia in 2011. By 2012 they had fallen in love with beautiful Australia and decided to settle in Sydney for five and a half years.
Rob proposed on a weekend break in Tasmania and they planned to come back to Ireland not only to get married but to return home for good.
This wedding was a ceremony of two beautiful people committing their lives together as well as an emotional welcome home to Ireland that they had left so many years ago.
To say that all this was so evident on the faces of family and friends would be an understatement.
The excitement started to build up in both Sibeal’s and Rob’s homes as they were getting ready and once at the beautiful St Sylvester’s Church in Malahide, it was evident that the guests were so appreciative to have these two back in their lives again.
The reception followed in the fabulous Bellinter House in Navan. For portraits we made the most of what Bellinter House has to offer and walked all over the grounds ending with final shots in a few of their uniquely designed rooms.
Speeches were filled with jokes and laughter followed by an amorous First Dance under the stars on the grounds of Bellinter. Sparklers, Candles and John Legend created a romantic scene for Sibeal and Rob to dance together for the first time as husband and wife. Don’t even get me started on the Father and Daughter dance that followed!
The day was magic from beginning to end. Welcome home Sibeal and Rob. Wishing you a wonderful life together.
Video: Paul Barker Old Pine Films
Ceremony Music: Oak Music Ireland
Band: Hitmen Trio
Hair: Sian Sharkey
Make-up: Michelle Regazolli Mrs Make-up
Flowers: Flowers by Moira
Rings: GS Diamonds
Suits: Love Suits
Dress: The Town Bride
Bridal Party wear: Pamela Scott
Cake: Shannon Herlihy
The Cliff Town House, wow!!! That’s all I can say, Every part of the venue oozes style and class-it’s just a perfect venue for a an intimate city centre wedding. Choosing the unconventional approach of getting ready for their wedding whilst popping into each of their rooms for a laugh and a chat, the atmosphere was relaxed and jovial. Sarah and her bridesmaids enjoyed the final part of their preparations together whilst the groom and his family and friends went off to Cafe en Seine for a pre-wedding pint. A civil ceremony took place in the beautiful Ceremony room upstairs followed by dinner and drinks. Portraits in the lovely St. Stephens Green were followed by everyone singing and dancing away to the talented Manilla Strings who never cease to amaze me. The out come was a 1920’s Speak Easy feel to the whole day matched with two incredibly lovely people and their favourite people. Congrats Sarah and Dave, it was such a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day. Dena xx
Thanks David Duignan for assisting and second shooting with me, best photog buddy!!
Flowers: Irish Flowers.ie
Make up: Charlotte Tilbury in Brown Thomas
Rings: David Cullen Jewellers
Wedding Dress: Ben de Lisi
Band: Manilla Strings
For our Engagement Shoot session I chose The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin City Center. I love it! It is small, easy to get around, quiet in the mornings and the vegetation is ever changing which makes for unique portraits every single time.
The Engagement Shoot is a crucial part of my Wedding Photography Package, as it is the time where we can all break the ice, get to know each other and have a laugh. Most importantly though, this is the time when my clients have the opportunity at a ‘practice run’ ahead of the big day.
Rebecca and David’s love for each other just shone through every single shot and I was delighted with the results.
Their wedding took place in the lovely Beaufield Mews. Being the oldest restaurant in Dublin it boasts beautiful old walls and wooden features, a stunning Garden and don’t even get me started on their Vintage Tea Cocktail Room! The staff bent over backwards for everyone involved, including myself. There is certainly great care and attention put into this lovely little Gem.
An intimate civil ceremony united Rebecca from Berlin and David from Dublin and the unanimous love for this couple reverberated around the room.
It was such a pleasure to be a part of this special day. Thank you so much Rebecca and David, I hope you find great happiness when going back on your photographs for years to come.