Why It's Important To Have An Engagement Photoshoot

You might think that organising an engagement photoshoot is all in the name of a beautiful keepsake, but there’s alot more to it than that.

We asked two of Australia’s most trusted wedding photographers; Scott Surplice (@scottsurplicephotography) and Justin Aaron (@justinaaronweddings) to explain why an engagement, or “pre wedding” photoshoot is always a great idea.

“I love it when my couples want to have an engagement shoot because they’ll ultimately end up being more relaxed on the wedding day and will get better photos because of it.Think of it like practice before the big match. Perfect for the camera shy to see that it’s a totally different experience to what you might have thought and that it can be one of the more enjoyable experiences on the wedding day rather than something you might be dreading.” - Scott Surplice

“Your wedding day can sometimes (not always) be rushed, an engagement session will prepare you for what to expect with your portraits at your wedding, leaving the guess work out, typically you will get over any nerves or awkwardness much quicker. It is also a fantastic opportunity to get to know your photographer before the wedding day. You will see how your photographers works, you will see how they make those beautiful photographs that you fell in love with, the reason you booked them in the first place. “ - Justin Aaron

So, what can you expect from the shoot?

“You can expect to see how your photographer operates and get a taste of what you’re in for on the wedding day. The difference being that the engagement shoot will not have strict time parameters, you can wear whatever you like, and you can get a little bit more adventurous. I like to go exploring with my couples and go somewhere different to where their wedding is going to be. It might be an awesome location that I know of or somewhere special to the couple.” - Scott

“I approach these sessions with as little direction as possible, while still giving enough hints so as to help you feel comfortable. I am interested in capturing that ‘something’ that is honest between two people. “ - Justin

How can you make sure you and your partner look comfortable and natural?

“Wear clothes that aren’t only comfortable but that aren’t too colourful or patterned, focus on tones, guys should almost always wear pants, board shorts are a no (unless of course you are surfing), but above all this, you should dress to feel as much like yourself as possible. Also, this is a couples portrait session and while I don’t like to make them mushy or cheesy, you should be ready to get some proper hang time with your love, be ready to hug, hold hands, kiss, snuggle, say fun positive things to each other. “ - Justin

“Alcohol! No, I’m kidding… just relax and be yourself. Your photographer will be doing their best to make sure you look good. Don’t over think it and just go with the flow.” - Scott

To book Aaron or Scott for your wedding, find Justin here: justinaaron.com.au and Scott here: scottsurplice.com.au

And before you go!

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ON THE RUNWAY - ONE FINE DAY 2019

It was an honour to grace our favourite runway again for 2019. The ‘One Fine Day’ Wedding Fair was held in Barangaroo, Sydney last weekend, and we couldn’t wait to showcase out brand new ‘Lovestruck’ collection - and for the first time ever - an exclusive couture gown created specifically for the runway.

Incase you missed it, here are all the beautiful moments captured on the day.

Hair & Makeup by Rebecca Paris, Shoes by Billini, Head pieces by Maria James and images by One Fine Collective.

Penelope Gown

Penelope Gown

Florence Jumpsuit

Florence Jumpsuit

Harriet Gown

Harriet Gown

Freya Gown

Freya Gown

Saskia Gown

Saskia Gown

NEW exclusive design preview for One Fine Day Wedding Fair Runway

NEW exclusive design preview for One Fine Day Wedding Fair Runway

NEW Custom couture gown. Image: @clairendezvous

NEW Custom couture gown. Image: @clairendezvous

NEW Custom couture gown. Image: @clairendezvous

NEW Custom couture gown. Image: @clairendezvous

Would you like Moira Hughes Couture to create your dream gown? We’d love to hear from you!

Book an appointment HERE

Emily and Chris's Picturesque Rose Bay Wedding

From monogrammed dinner napkins to speed boats; Emily and Chris’s wedding had it all.

Emily wore our ‘Summer’ gown and looked like a vision; Chris’s seeing her for the first time is possibly the best groom reaction we have ever seen!

For all our brides mid-way through planning their big day, we think this wedding will serve as some serious inspiration.

Dress: Moira Hughes Couture ‘Summer’ gown

Veil: Moira Hughes Couture

Photographer: Justin Aaron Weddings

Flowers: The Flower Drum

Make Up: Amelia Axton

Hair: Sumknox Hair

Venue: Catalina Rose Bay

Shoes: Saint Laurent

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