Couples shoots (or engagement shoots) are included in most wedding photography packages now and you may be wondering why. Here’s why we include them, why we love them and think you should too.


      Couples shoots are a great way for wedding photographers and clients to get to know each other. As wedding photographers we will be capturing some really personal moments and memories that will stay with you forever, so it is a nice idea to spend some time together before the big day comes around.


      Pre wedding couples shoots are the perfect opportunity for you to practice feeling comfortable and enjoy being in front of the camera together. Most of us are not that thrilled about being the centre of attention in front of the camera and it can be hard to relax and appear natural. At Michael Briggs Pictures our aim is always to capture natural moments not contrive them, however this does mean our couples need to be relaxed enough in front of the camera to appear natural. A couples shoot gives you the opportunity to feel more normal and relaxed about photography ahead of the wedding day.


      We have held couples ishoots in cities, parks and beaches, all beautiful choices. Our favourite thing to do is shoot at your wedding venue, this gives you another chance to see the venue and it’s grounds and gives us the chance to suss out the best spots to take photographs on your wedding day. It also means that you have even more images of the venue you have chosen to tie the knot at.


      A pre wedding couples shoot is a great way to make the most of your hair and make up trial, schedule it for the same day and give the look a test drive.


      You can use your final images from the shoot to decorate your wedding venue on the day, adding an extra personal touch. Or you could use the images for your save the date cards or invitations.


      Pre wedding photoshoots are fantastic for wedding photographers, they allow us to find out what you are comfortable with, what makes you laugh naturally and what just makes you cringe! We get to know you and see venues before the day,  but really this shoot is all about you! Enjoy being in the spot light, spending time together and getting excited about your big day! Make the most of quality time, ask lots of questions and walk away with lots of special images to keep forever!