Sunny London engagement shoot with a French Bulldog

I’ve got a little throwback to sunnier days up on the blog today! Anna and Andrzej are getting married in London next April. I was looking forward to their engagement shoot because I knew what a relaxed and cool couple they are, but I was even more excited when I heard that their little dog Reggie would be joining us in Regent’s Park. An engagement shoot with a French Bulldog sounds like the perfect way to spend a sunny morning to me!

Engagement shoot with a French Bulldog

Engagement shoots are always good fun, but adding a dog into the mix as well was just brilliant. I would encourage anyone who has a pet who is a big part of their life to include them in their engagement photos. Dogs are also generally massive posers/attention seekers so they love getting in front of a camera!

Reasons why you should have an engagement shoot

I think that engagement shoots are really important for several reasons.

  1. You get to know your photographer a bit better before the big day. Your photographer is going to be round you all day on one of the most important days of your life. You want to make sure you like them, get on well with them, and that they don’t irritate you. You also want to feel comfortable around them because that can help make you feel more relaxed about having your photo taken.
  2. You get some practice being in front of the camera with your partner. Most of the people whose weddings I have photographed have never had any couple portraits taken before, and so are unfamiliar with how it will work, how to pose, and end up feeling anxious about these things. An engagement shoot can help with that!
  3. You get a set of lovely photos of the two of you, which is always a nice thing. Some people use the photos for their save the dates, or even for their invites, while others just stick one or two in a frame to put on the wall. Either way, it’s great to have some photos of the two of you that you love and that reminds you of a fun day together.

If you’re unsure you can take a look at some of the other engagement shoots I’ve done recently. There was the relaxed shoot at Black Park, or the shoot amongst the bluebells in Reigate or for something a bit different you could check out the graffiti backdrops in this edgy Shoreditch shoot.