Lynsey & Colin
Ardgowan Estate, Inverclyde, Scotland
For me, this location had everything - peeling paint on garage doors, an old stable block, a woodland feel, wide open spaces and a vast array of colours to play with.
Will & Natalie
Blanefield, near glasgow
Will and Natalie live in a converted barn in what felt like the middle of nowhere. They suggested we go for a walk around the woodland that surrounds their house. Music to my ears. I had never been and had no idea what to expect, so we just explored. There was lovely light, fabulous trees, great shapes and lots of greenery along the way.
Kirsten & Paul
KIRKNEWTON house stables, near edinburgh
Kirknewton House Stables was Kirsten and Paul's wedding venue. So we doubled up looking around for wedding day ideas with doing the engagement session. The grounds were so vast that I was able to produce a completely different look for both. For the engagement session - bluebells, wild garlic, tree bark, green leaves and an old barn - perfect!
Karen & Craig
ashton lane, glasgow
Karen and Craig live in Australia but had wanted to return to Ashton Lane as they hadn't been for years. So that's where we did their engagement session. We simply walked around this inspirational urban setting, stopping every time I saw something. It really challenged me but forced me to produce very different images than what I'm used to shooting. And I'd happily do it again and again.
Colette & Samuel
Pollokshields burgh hall park, glasgow
This is another example of where we went along to look at the wedding venue and decided we would also do the engagement session there. On exploring the park, I discovered an old abandoned yard that had steel sheds with peeling paint, perfect for a backdrop.
I've done so many engagement sessions, I sometimes forget that couples don't have a clue what to expect so I hope you found this little guide helpful. There are no hard and fast rules to it, just be yourselves. The engagement session is all about you guys, so whatever happens, don't take yourselves too seriously and just have fun!
Got any questions?
I may not have answered all your burning questions, so please, just ask. I'm here to help. It's my job to make sure you're as relaxed about an engagement session as you possibly can be. I want this experience to be amazing for you both. Oh and let me tell you, pretty much every couple I photograph tell me 'they hate having their photo taken'. Yes, all the people you see in the photos on this page, all of them! It's completely normal and we're all only human, therefore none of us really like photos of ourselves. But I'll soon change that.
What to do next
Write to me. I'd love to hear from you. Let me know what you thought of this guide, did you find it helpful? Do you feel better about an engagement session? Do you see yourself in these photos?Anything at all.