10 Little Pointers...

We just LOVE an engagement shoot! It’s the perfect way for us to get to know you – your love story, what makes you smile, laugh and click as a couple, and how to get the best out of you on your big day! Many people are a little camera shy, so having an idea of what to expect, and getting a little practice in, will help you to relax and enjoy your wedding day couple shots. Best of all, it’s fun, quality time for you as a couple, a unique keepsake, a snap shot of your time together before you were married, and perhaps an opportunity to get some killer shots for your ‘save the dates’ or wedding invitations. In fact some of our couples have scattered them around their wedding venue or through their guest books, and even displayed them as centrepieces (with makes us very happy)!

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1.  Location… These photos represent a snippet in time. We’ll discuss your favourite places or activities and use them as inspiration for the shoot. Your home is the perfect place to start – it’s comfortable, and people tend to pour their hearts into making their homes THEIR HOMES! Or how about the park you stroll in regularly, your favourite pub or coffee shop, junk shop, record shop, punting down the river even!? Perhaps consider your history as a couple – where did you meet? Whatever screams YOU!

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2. Relax… Be yourself. It’s best when you can really relax and let your personality shine though. We don’t ask you to force a smile or give us your best Blue Steel, we just hang back and encourage you to simply interact with each other naturally. This may seem easier said, but with the right photographer you’ll soon get into the swing of it! In fact we’ll have a blast – honest!

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3.  Clothes… Wear what makes you feel like YOU – something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Your personality shows through much more in your YOU clothes. Consider that your clothes should complement each others, without being too matchy! Steer away from outfits that are so smart or special that you’re afraid sit on that gorgeous bench with peeling paint, or lean against an old wall or a tree in the park!

4.  Timing… Consider light and colour – gentle early morning or golden hour evening light (the hour before sunrise or sunset) is perfect for any photo shoot, and it’s amazing how much of a difference this can make to the final result. Of course this doesn’t matter so much if we’re shooting indoors.

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5.  Change it up… Maybe bring some different clothes to change things up a little – even if it’s just a extra jacket, it’s great for variety in your photos.

6.  Props?… Cute details shots are great to illustrate your interests, whether it’s funky headphones for the music-lover or a book or two for the quieter types, or a selection of sparkly headbands… oh and don’t forget the ring! Don’t force it though – if it doesn’t quite feel right, and it’s just not YOU, it’ll just look awkward. Don’t worry, your photos will look great regardless!

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7. Pets… Pets are great too, but if you bring a dog with you for example, make sure he/she has somewhere else to go so we can have you to ourselves for the rest of the shoot without any distractions! 

8.  Be brave… Classic shots are lovely, but push, push, push the boundaries! OWN your engagement photos… the phrase ‘you know the one where’ has no place here!!

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9. Mindset… Get in the right mindset – chat about the shoot with your partner in the few days leading up to the shoot, and really build up your excitement so that on the day you…

10… have fun!!! We really want our couples to enjoy themselves and spend some quality time which is why we encourage you to wear your favourite things and go to your favourite places – we want you to feel as comfortable as possible so you can really relax, enjoy and remember the shoot!

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A round up of the year's weddings, shoots & other shenanigans

We’re never sure what the correct protocol is when it comes to yearly round-ups – before or after new year?! Well, as you can see, we’ve taken a veeeery relaxed approach this time, as we’re now past the mid-point in January! 2014 ended up being a pretty amazing collection of experiences for us, most of which will stay with us forever. One of the reasons it’s taken us so long to get around to posting this is that we really struggled to reduce our favourite photos to a (reasonably) manageable number – when we started looking through last year’s shoots we really felt that it was our best and most varied work yet. We reckon this is down to the amazing weddings we got to photograph this year, which all seemed so different, full of character, and really rather relaxed when you consider that many people often see weddings as a big stresser!

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When we weren’t shooting weddings, we had plenty of other lovely people to photograph – last year we started offering lifestyle, storytelling baby shoots to our past couples, and it was often a wonder that we managed to do the shoots at all, considering how much yakking and catching up we were doing! It was beautiful to see couples whose wedding we photographed blossom into a family, and great to be able to photograph them in a slightly less demanding situation! 

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Of course, for our couples who are perhaps a little less comfortable in front of camera, we love to do an engagement shoot with them. We had some crackers this year, all of which really made things easier for our camera shy brides and grooms on their actual wedding days!

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You certainly couldn’t accuse the Choccywoccydoodah team of being camera shy – we’re not sure if we’ve ever met a group of people more confident in front of camera, although maybe we should expect that given that they seem to spend a lot of time on TV! We did some cracking shoots with the Christines and the Doodahs this year (and may have made it onto TV a couple of times ourselves in the process – talk about being camera shy: cringe!).

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Other than a mini-moon in Edinburgh for a few days, we never really had a proper honeymoon. Well in 2014 we really put that to rights, with a massive 3 week, 5000 mile road trip around America’s other-worldy South-West. We built sandcastles in San Diego, (thanks to JT for the amazing lesson), and blew bubbles over San Francisco, thanks to 2nd cousin Mark’s ’73 Chevy Impala tour of the City! What an experience – we’re still talking about it all the time, and even built ourselves a website so we could have those beautiful landscapes at our fingertips!

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We’re not sure if it was that utterly amazing trip in the USA but since we’ve been back, we both seemed to have branched out into all kinds of other creative stuff away from Tino&Pip – in particular, Penny has been hard at work crafting all kinds of amazing things for her new Etsy shop, including some gorgeous art dolls (which are just stunningly quirky, each with their own character), and all kinds of bits and pieces for her Filofax Christmas present!

 

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A Quirky Brighton Engagement Shoot Following a Rap Battle Proposal!

We’re pretty proud of the fact that we managed to plan the majority of our own wedding in about three months, but on Saturday we shot Jackie&Adam’s wedding after they’d spent just two months putting everything together! Somehow in that time we also managed to squeeze in an engagement shoot around Brighton, taking in some of Jackie&Adam’s favourite spots around the seaside town.

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These guys were so great during the shoot – they have so much fun together, and really wanted to make the most of Brighton. Jackie is from Texas, and when she starts to feel a little homesick, finds JB’s Diner the perfect comfort (if you ever find yourself in Brighton, you really have to try their mint chocolate chip milkshake, it’s seriously amazing!). We also went in search of some graffiti, but found most of their favourite artwork had been covered up. Despite that, we managed to find some other pretty spectacular murals in the North Laines! Thanks so much Jackie&Adam – hope you guys are enjoying a spectacular first week of married life!

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Engagement Photos... featuring one naughty little French Bulldog

Louise&Ryan’s cheeky little French Bulldog almost upstaged them on their engagement shoot, but they seemed plenty prepared for her antics – she’s so adorable you just can’t help but let her get away with a few things here and there! Once they had time to themselves though, they really relaxed and showed how utterly cute they are as a couple – just utterly natural with each other and great fun to photograph!

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Cannot wait to see you guys get married! 

 

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