People often ask us if it's necessary to do an engagement shoot. Some might think it's silly, but we've written down our top 5 reasons why it's a good idea for engaged couples to spend this 45 min - hour with their photographers.

  1. You are going to spend a lot of time with your photographer, so getting to know how your photographer works is significant in the success of your big day. An engagement shoot also gives you a chance to get comfortable with the camera. The more comfortable and at ease you feel, the better your photographs will turn out. At your engagement shoot, Yellow Lab will provide direction as how to pose and what to do and this makes you feel relaxed on your wedding day when you know what to expect during the time we've allocated to your couple shoot after your I DO's. :-D
  2. Your engagement shoot, tells your couple story for generations to come about your relationship BEFORE you got married and had kids. It shows YOUR future children, grandchildren and great grand babies that you didn't always wear thick round glasses.
  3. It's the time to get pictures at a location you love where you might not be able to do your wedding photos. (Example, we shot Annerien and Heinz's engagement shoot in Jhb CBD because she always wanted her wedding pictures done there but couldn't because they got married too far away, so there wouldn't have been time to do their couple shoot after the ceremony there.)
  4. Having your photos taken, is the perfect time for the bride-to-be to do her trial wedding hair and makeup. And once the pictures are done, you're already dressed up and out, so go for dinner after and make it a date!
  5. You get great photos! You can use them to make your save-the-date, to have a unique guestbook created or to make beautiful canvasses to display in your home.

Click on small images to see a larger picture of a guestbook Yellow Lab created.

When you do an engagement shoot with us, we'll give you 2 free designs for your save the date that you can print or email.

In fact, we have a wedding package that includes an engagement shoot AND 8 hour wedding day coverage. You get edited images on disc, 2 x A2 canvasses and a wedding album with 2 smaller parent albums of the same design. You also get a free A4 personalised guestbook of 20 pages made up of your engagement photos with space on the pages for your guests to leave messages on your special day AND we'll design you 2 options for your save the date with a photograph from your engagement shoot.

Email us now at for the details.