It’s a fact of life that the British weather doesn’t always want to play ball isn’t it? This year’s bonkers seasons so far are a shining example of that! So what do you do when you’ve scheduled your engagement shoot and it decides to chuck it down when it’s meant to be lovely springtime? Well, if you’re dog loving, chilled, outdoorsy people you have yourselves a rainy engagement shoot and enjoy it anyway. Abigail and Greg wanted to have their pre wedding shoot at their wedding venue, The Kedleston.
We’d initially wanted to go for a golden hour shoot so we arranged to meet for a drink and a catch up before walking their gorgeous spaniel Angus around the gardens and the surrounding lanes. The weather had other ideas unfortunately and golden hour was very much cancelled! What I love about these two is that instead of worrying about it, they perfectly coordinated some warm outfits, smiled through it and enjoyed the shoot anyway.
Can we talk about those outfits?
I love that Abigail and Greg clearly thought about what they wore to their shoot. I’m a real advocate for making sure you’re comfortable and being yourself, so I tell people to wear something they feel great in. I love that even though it wasn’t warm enough to go without coats, they both dressed for the weather and looked perfectly put together and matched without looking cheesy. It led to a conversation about their wedding outfits and the style in general, and without giving away any spoilers, let me tell you these two are super stylish. They even matched lovely Angus, so cute!
Bringing your dog to your engagement shoot
I get asked a lot if my couples can bring their four legged friends to their shoot, and the answer is always an emphatic yes. Personally I love dogs anyway so no problems there, but I also think it’s such a lovely way to include them in the wedding. Poor old Angus is a bit shy around too many people so it wasn’t really possible for him to come along to the wedding. There’s all sorts of logistics with bringing them on the big day, and although there are some fab companies to help you out with that, for some doggos it’s just not a realistic prospect. So why not bring them along for the shoot? I’ll be writing a blog specifically about this in the near future so watch this space for a few tips.
It’s all about the interaction
One of the things I try and get across in my welcome brochure is that posing for photos is all about how you interact with one another. Whilst I might give a few pointers on what to do with your hands etc, I’m always going to encourage you to be yourself. Abigail and Greg nailed this absolutely perfectly – despite the blustery conditions (thankfully the rain itself held off a bit but it was a bit on the windy and cold side!), they were really natural with each other and relaxed into the shoot well.
Since they were such star pupils, and slightly because Angus was desperate to get back to the warm bar, we kept the shoot nice and short and still got plenty of lovely shots. If you’re interested in hearing more about having your own (hopefully not rainy) engagement shoot, click here to get in touch. In the meantime here are a few highlights…