Natural Documentary and Creative Wedding Photographer Covering Scotland
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Introducing The Engagement Collection...

Introducing The Engagement Collection by Dearly Photography, complete with beautiful, bespoke 'save the date' cards. Perfect for announcing your engagement in style!

The Engagement Collection with Bespoke Save the Date Cards

Following some enquiries from my recent couples, I have decided to offer a complete collection for couples looking to celebrate their engagement and announce their wedding plans to family and friends. Take the hassle out of your wedding announcement when purchasing this collection. As your photographer, I will help you select a few of your favourite photographs from your engagement shoot which I will use as the fundamental element to design you beautiful, bespoke 'Save the Date' cards.

This new collection includes:

  • 2 hour documentary engagement session
  • all high-resolution images via private gallery
  • personal print license
  • 50 7x5" bespoke 'Save the Date' cards, printed on luxury 350gsm cardstock
  • AND... a £50 discount on any wedding package if you reserve me as your wedding photographer!*

Priced at just £295 and available to all current and future clients, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your engagement and tell your loved ones! 

Contact me for more information or to reserve your date! 

See here for some more examples of my engagement photography.

*If you have already booked me for your wedding, I will reduce the outstanding balance on your wedding package by £50.

Candance & Fei, Loch Long Engagement Session

It was a beautiful morning for Candance and Fei's engagement session when I joined them for a relaxed walk along the loch side at Ardgarten.

Surrounded by shades of green and gold, we started with a relaxing and fun walk along one of the main trails. Situated in such stunning surroundings, and with a lightly overcast sky, we were bathed in natural colour. The stylish Candance and Fei were a joy to be around, totally at ease with each other and we captured so many natural smiles, laughs and cuddles as they embraced the session.

This is how it went.

How to Look and Feel Great for your Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are fabulous. They are an opportunity for me as your photographer to learn your story as individuals, how you came together, and to illustrate the love that you share. My preferred style for these sessions is very much laid-back. I want to capture some of your individuality through your expressions and interactions, whilst giving you an insight into how I will capture your wedding day.

They can be as short or as long as you like, but are usually 1-2 hours, and I am relaxed about tailoring these sessions to meet your ideas and preferences. Some people prefer an entirely documentary approach, whist others expect more direction and creative portraiture. It’s entirely up to you.

I usually ask if you have a special location that means something to you both. This allows me to get off to a great start in making these sessions all about you and your relationship. Locations can be anywhere - natural, or industrial - what is crucial is that the location reflects both of you. Places that inspire, or with sentimental meaning. There is no ‘standard’, and often the most special of locations are those in the most unusual places so don’t be afraid to make quirky and obscure suggestions! 

Clothing. I get asked about this a lot. Like locations, the important thing is that your clothing is a true reflection of you and is comfortable. Often people feel the pressure to look good in front of the camera, and this can end in choosing clothing which may not help you to relax and be yourself. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you will feel in front of the camera. 

Solid primary colours are a great way of making you both pop out from most environments. Black is tempting but shows every speck of dust. Ideally, your clothing choices should complement each other, but not match. Unless, of course, you wear matching outfits every day! Dress as though you are attending the same event and think about the accessories you can wear which bring your outfits together. Avoid logos, graphics on shirts and baseball caps. 

Think about the location when choosing colours. If we’re shooting in a park, greens will blend with the environment. Choose something complementary instead that will make you pop from the background, such as blue or red. It’s usually best to leave bags and purses behind. Similarly, bulging wallets and mobiles phones in pockets don’t work well in photographs, so either leave them in a safe place or give them to me to carry. Equally if there is something special you’d like to incorporate, or a pet, then absolutely do! 

If you plan to wear makeup on your wedding day, this can be a good time to co-ordinate your makeup trial with your makeup artist. Cameras have a sneaky way of exaggerating uneven skin tones and blemishes, so it’s important that your choice allows you to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera, whether it’s no makeup at all or just a little foundation and mascara. 

As always in photography, confidence is everything. Wear something in which you will feel comfortable, feel free to move in, and something which complements your physical features. My favourite photographs are always those where the people clearly look and feel like themselves. 

That all said, don’t forget, this is simply a guide. There are no do-or-die rules and I hope that these tips help you in planning for your next session with me!