London Engagement Photography Ultimate Guide 2020
Engagement Photography in London – Why the City?
We Couldn’t be Happier with his Work…
I am from the states and my fiancé is a Brit, so I wanted some London themed engagement photos on location with some landmarks in the background. Guy responded to our e-mails promptly, answered any questions we had, and was very professional the day we took photos with him out on the town in London. He had lots of ideas and took his time in capturing the perfect shot and we are over the moon with how our pictures turned out! The end result of his photos along with his different editing techniques were outstanding and we couldn’t be happier with his work. My fiancé and I would definitely recommend Guy to anyone who wanted a great engagement photographer…!
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Urban Pre-Wedding Photography Shoots in London to Capture the Love!
Urban London photography has long been a favourite of street and documentary photographers. There are so many different elements that can be pulled together and utilised to produce some fantastic photographs either with or without people. But when you combine both - MAGIC HAPPENS! From the architectural backdrops to the people that make up the city, urban photography has much to offer and much to say.
Photographing in the city of London is especially popular with newly-engaged couples looking to hire a photographer to shoot their engagement, pre-wedding or proposal photo session. Often the city holds special memories for them, such as the place where they met or had their first date. I once photographed the engagement of a gay/LGBTQ couple in London and it was important to them to get some external shots of their old university. We did it, and they were over the moon with the results!
International Couples in London Engagement Photography
Couples from abroad often contact me who are looking for a photographer to capture some special images of them on their trip to London and the UK. For them, they love the history and iconic symbols and landmarks. Favourite places (of which there are so many) include Westminster and the Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), The Tower of London and Trafalgar Square with its impressive Nelson's Column. They also generally love having some 'touristy' photos with red phone boxes, black taxis and even on the Underground and I'm happy to provide these. Over the last few years I've photographed newly-engaged couples and holidaymakers from China, Singapore, The Philippines, The USA, Australia, Mexico, all over Europe and even Yorkshire!
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Marriage Proposal Photography
Many couples plan visits to London as a backdrop to their proposal. I'm frequently contacted by boyfriends who want to surprise their partner by popping the question on holiday and having the event photographed for posterity. I work with them to help plan their visit and suggest potential locations and ideas of where he can propose to her.
The time and place has to be worked out in fine detail so that I'm there to capture the decisive moment when she (hopefully) says, "Yes!" I'm always worried that when I start to photograph them, she'll notice me and it'll spoil the moment. However, I have found from experience that at this point, she is so excited and 'in the moment' that nothing else going on around her matters and it is unlikely that she'll spot me. I am also very discrete and photograph wedding proposals from a distance so it will also maintain your privacy.
After the proposal, we can then go to have a full engagement shoot to mark the occasion and celebrate your love for each other. I'm always open to ideas and suggestions for places to go to shoot this, but also have an armory of potential locations if you are unfamiliar with the City. London has an almost endless supply of backdrops to do this.
City Pre-Wedding Photo Shoots - The Beauty of the Urban London Landscape
What I really love about shooting in London and other cities is the potential for unusual and diverse shots. From a pleasant walk by the Thames to the energy and vibrancy of Waterloo Skate Park, London has something for everyone. The parks offer a more rural feel with their city wildlife, trees and benches (or deck chairs as above!).
Many couples love Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament as a historic backdrop. There's the iconic Battersea Power Station, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and numerous other wonderful locations for some splendid photos to be shot.
So I often photograph London based pre-wedding shoots. Thanks to publicity from the 2012 Olympic Games and the rich history London has to offer, more people are visiting than ever before.
How I Work with Engaged Couples to take Photographs they will Cherish?
When planning engagement or proposal shoots for my couples, it's very important to understand exactly what they are looking for. They usually have an idea of the places they want in the photographs so my first job is to advise and plan a route for them.
People are often very unsure how to act when they are in-front of a professional lens for the first time. So when we first meet, I chat with them and reassure them that it's not really that scary.
The first few minutes is all about helping them relax and finding out more about them and the type of engagement photographs they require. Then I put on a long zoom lens and tell them just to talk and interact for a while whilst I shoot from a distance. They can kiss, laugh, hug or whatever. The important thing is that they relax and loosen up for the later locations. Open spaces such as a park are great for this. Then they walk and I take some from the front, side and back.
Sometimes the couple's engagement shoot locations are fairly spread out. This is fine as it gives a chance for photos in a black cab or on the Underground. International couples especially love this. Throughout the rest of the shoot, I take many shots - some close-up and others with a wide-angle to best utilise the background. I then have plenty to play with during post-production.
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London Engagement Photography - Pricing
(Includes Proposal Photography)
Two hours shoot in London in location(s) of your choice
60 Page 12x14" Coffee Table Style Wedding Guest Book
Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards
Professionally press-printed onto glossy card. Pick your favourite image or montage of photos from your engagement shoot for the front design. Also include your own message with full wedding details to your wedding guests.
Minimum of 20 – 6×4″ – £3 per card… 8×5″ – £3.50 per card.
Engagement Photography in London FAQs
Q. HOW LONG IS OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION?
A. I don't have a limit on the amount of time I allow for my couple's photo sessions. However, things normally come to their natural conclusion after about 2 hours. If you do feel happy to carry on beyond this though, that's fine and I'm happy to do so.
Q. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE OUR PHOTOS IN LONDON?
A. In London, there are certain times of day which are busier than others. During the week, the best time is around 9.30-11am to avoid the morning rush hour. Regarding the light, the best time is usually the hour before sunset, often referred to as the Golden Hour. But whatever the time you have it, there are always quiet spots away from the throng of tourists. Sometimes, passers-by can be included in your engagements photos too to add another point of interest.
Q. WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR SESSION? CAN WE CHANGE?
A. Think light and bright... I love to work with bright and vibrant colours, but they must be you. If you normally dress in more muted and darker colours, then go for those. But do try to avoid blacks and deep reds as they are difficult to pick out any detail in. You can bring a change of clothes and accessories, but bear in mind that there may be limited places to change.
Q. HOW IS A PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION DIFFERENT FROM ENGAGEMENT?
A. It's actually largely the same. The major difference is that your photographer won't actually meet you before they start shooting. The place of your proposal needs to be very precise and I find that I need to do more planning and research regarding the light/backdrop etc. After your proposal, and she/he has said, "Yes!", I introduce myself, and we'll go on to have a full engagement shoot.
Q. ANY TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF OUR SESSION?
A. Most importantly, be yourselves! The more you put in, the more you'll get out. So feel free to be silly, dance, cuddle, kiss or whatever... You won't look silly as they are stills not video, and if any photos are unflattering, I won't present them to you in the final edit. So have fun with it. It's all about you!