If you are newly engaged and wondering whether or not you should book an engagement shoot, here are a few reasons why we think engagement sessions are super beneficial for our couples.
1. Practice before the wedding day
Something we hear on a regular basis from our couples is… “we are so awkward in front of a camera”, which is totally normal! Engagement shoots are the perfect opportunity to get some practice in before the wedding day! We find that engagement shoots help our couples feel more comfortable in front of the camera on the wedding day as they know what to expect. Once you have had a chance to get used to being photographed, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you can feel!
2. Meet your photographer
It’s without a doubt that an engagement session is the best opportunity to meet and spend some time with your photographer before the wedding day. During the engagement session your photographer will get to know your personalities, giving the photographer the opportunity to create the most natural and candid photos possible. We find this is especially beneficial for our grooms, who might feel a little uncomfortable in front of the camera.
3. Save the dates and wedding stationery
Once you have received your engagement photos, there are so many beautiful ways that you can use your photos to give a personal touch to your wedding. Save the date cards, a wedding website, guest book, thank you cards and so much more!
4. Utilise your hair and makeup trial
If you are planning on booking a hair + makeup trial before the wedding day, we definitely recommend booking this on the same day as your engagement shoot. This means you will have flawless makeup for your photos, without having to pay extra for another makeup booking. Its also the perfect opportunity to see how your makeup looks in photos.
5. Choose a location different to your wedding venue
We are lucky enough to be based in such a stunning part of the world with so many epic backdrops. On the wedding day, we usually capture your location photos onsite or at a nearby location. The amazing thing about an engagement session is the amount of flexibility compared to a wedding shoot. For example if you are planning a hinterland wedding, you might like to consider a engagement shoot on a beautiful headland and beach (without filling your wedding dress with sand!).
And finally, sometimes its just nice to have beautiful professional photos of you both as a couple in your little engaged love bubble. Get in touch with us for more information.
“Josh and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your incredible skills and also being so amazing on the day! You were so chilled and so easy to work with! We absolutely love the photos you have captured from our wedding day! We can’t thank you enough Alice.”
– Kate + Josh
Location: Yamba, NSW
Reception Venue: Leche Cafe
Stylist: Ivy Lane & Co
Florist: Wildflower Wanderings
Hire: Hampton Event Hire
Celebrant: Marg Walgers
Dress: Made With Love Bridal
Hair: Ellen Woodgate
Makeup: Bride – Kate Johnston
Entertainment: Chris Hutchison
Over the past 7 years of shooting we have developed an approach that we think works best, and gets the most out of your wedding photography experience… and that is to secure two amazing photographers for your day. There are so many advantages of having two photographers, and what’s best is that our photography packages include two photographers as a standard inclusion. Bonus!
1. We can capture the bride + groom’s preparations at the same time.
A massive advantage of having two photographers on the day, is that we can be in two places at once. With the majority of weddings, the bride and groom will spend the morning getting ready in separate locations. By having two photographers, it means we can document both the bride + groom’s preparations as they happen.
2. The details of the ceremony set ups get the attention they deserve.
We are lucky enough to photograph weddings at some incredibly stunning locations and beautifully styled venues. The biggest advantage of having that second shooter is that all of those pretty little details that you have agonised over for months will be photographed as a keepsake forever. **Be sure to also provide us with a list of any images that you want captured on the day that relate to your setups and details, so we can make sure that we have it covered**
3. We can nail all of the angles at your ceremony.
During a ceremony, there are so many wonderful moments happening at once. With two photographers we can capture all of those moments and all of the angles. A key example is the moment our bride + groom see each other for the first time down the aisle. Our photographers are always positioned at the front and back of the aisle, capturing both the brides entrance walking down the aisle and the grooms reaction. It has to be one of the best moments of every wedding day.
4. The canapé hour is the hour of power of photography.
At Figtree, we place a huge importance on capturing your guests and family enjoying your special day. After the ceremony, our first photographer will focus on capturing all of your family photos. Our second photographer can then spend this time documenting candid shots of your favourite people sipping on champagne and feasting on canapés. It helps to deliver a well-rounded collection of images of the story of the day.
5. Two photographers, one bridal party.
There are so many benefits with having two photographers on location with you and your bridal party. With a larger bridal party, it can be a little time consuming capturing all combinations and portraits. With two photographers, this isn’t a problem! This means we are taking half the time, getting you back to your party quicker. If you don’t have a bridal party, it means our second shooter can spend a little more time capturing your guests enjoying canapé hour. As well as capturing variations and different angles during your couple shoot.
6. The reception details
Our couples put so much thought and time into creating gorgeous reception spaces. While the first photographer is still on location with the bride + groom, our second photographer can head over to your reception and capture the space and any details before your guests enter to be seated. On the wedding day, you also might not get a chance to see your reception completely set up and ready to go before your guests have filled the space, so its amazing to look back on these detail shots!
“Both Brendan and Alice were exceptional. They made us feel comfortable and relaxed. They happily captured particular shots that we wanted but also used their own creative talents to get many different looks. We have had lots and lots of compliments on our photos, and would highly recommend them.” – Melanie + Luke
Ceremony Location: Ewingsdale Hall
Reception Venue: The Belongil
Celebrant: Michelle Shannon
Florist: Victoria Fitzgibbon
Florist (reception foliage): The French Petal
Makeup: Mia Connor
Hair: David Dibley
Bridal Gown: Grace Loves Lace
Hire: The Wedding Shed
Signage: Willow & Ink
Cake: Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Entertainment: Tom Francis
Transport: Byron Bay Kombis
Tell us a little about your day…
The days leading up to our wedding were stressful to say the least. Being from Tasmania and getting married in Byron Bay, all of our planning was resting on our shoulders. With the help from family and friends, we were able to pull off an amazing day. The weather even settled to a beautiful summer day. Ewingsdale Hall provided the perfect back drop for a wonderful ceremony and our musician Tom Francis provided the classic Byron setlist. After the formalities, we then moved to the perfectly situated Belongil for our reception, who were a dream to work with and helped us with our dream wedding.
What was your fave part or moment from your day?
It had to be when I first saw Mel walking down the aisle. As soon as the music started I was a mess, and she looked like an absolute goddess in her GLL gown. Also, I cherished the time after all the formalities were done and it was time to party with my wife, family and friends!! I also loved the time spent with our family and friends – time I’ll never forget and always hold close to my heart. Being a destination wedding, we were blessed with an extended holiday with our loved ones, which I recommend highly. It extends your wedding celebrations!
Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
It’s cliché, but it really is the truth – make sure you take a moment out with your partner to appreciate the moment. You’ve both put in so much work for this day, its important to step back and enjoy it together. Another tip- don’t sweat the little things. It’s a long build up to your wedding day, don’t stress the “little things” that didn’t go to plan. Everyone is having a great time regardless, the two of you are the only ones with ideals of how the day was meant to go. If something doesn’t go right, remember, its your wedding day, smile. You only do it once!!