I couldn’t decide which engagement photos to share on Instagram, so why not share a bunch of my favourites on the blog?
Engagement photos aren’t hugely common in New Zealand, although ‘adventure shoots’ and ‘couple sessions’ are becoming quite popular. We wanted to have a bit of a practice run with our photographer before our big day. While I’m pretty accustomed to being in front of the camera, Nick isn’t, so it was super helpful being able to ‘test the waters’ without any wedding day jitters or chaos. In the end, it was super helpful for both us and Ana as we got to know how one another works to ensure the best possible outcome come our wedding day. Also, I was able to fit in a hair appointment and a makeup trial prior to the shoot, which was extra handy. If you have the chance to do a couple shoot or engagement shoot, do it!
We met with our wedding photographer, Ana Galloway, who was in town photographing Wild Hearts, and drove up the Port Hills. It was a ridiculously windy day and some of my favourite shots are the ones where my hair is blowing every which way! Fortunately, we managed to finish the shoot before the rain rolled in.
We discovered Ana’s work via Instagram (of course) and love her knack for capturing raw emotion so beautifully. Her documentary-style photography is natural and not overly edited, so we’ll look back when we’re 85 and still love the photos. In the end, we couldn’t be happier that we were able to shoot with Ana before our wedding day.
On another note, I just realised that I never shared our engagement story. Leave me a comment below if you’d like to hear it and I’ll write a post.