Published on February 23rd, 2016 | by webmaster0
PLANNING AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION? THE LOCATION MATTERS!
When couples approach us about photographing their wedding, we always encourage them to include an engagement session in their package. Engagements sessions have become an important way to mark the beginning of a couples’ journey and is also a great way to get to know your photographer and have a practice run;)As a fine art photography studio our focus is on creating images that has soft light and a luminous feeling and includes finding the perfect location. So, I thought I’d share with you some of our favourite locations for engagement sessions.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are famous for the beautiful beaches. What could be better than turquoise waters, soft sand and gently rolling waves? A gentle stroll up the beach is a great way to get lovely engagement photos and put you in the mood to show your true personality for the camera. Public beaches like Al Sufouh offer a great location for sessions of this nature.
PARKS AND GOLF COURSES
Not many couples consider parks when looking for a location. The parks here could offer a beautiful and unique location right within the city. Places like Creek Park and Zabeel Park in Dubai are beautiful spots with lots of lush greenery. In Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is one of my all time favourite places for engagement photos. Golf Courses can be another great option for engagement sessions, particularly if you are planning your wedding at the same location.
HOTELS AND CAFÉS
Getting permission to take photographs in Dubai can be tricky. Establishing a good relationship with a hotel or restaurant/café can help to secure a beautiful location for your engagement session. There are a ton of locations we love for their beauty and unique flare.
If you are coming to Dubai for a destination wedding but don’t want to stay in the city. Consider exploring a desert resort like Bab Al Shams. I’m currently in a desert phase and Ijust love everything that’s desert inspired. The classic Arabian architecture andthe soft beige colours of the hotel walls against the backdrop of the sand just scream Arabian beauty, so much pretty!It was also the perfect backdrop for Angela and Mark’s engagement session.
One of my otherfavouritesin Dubai has to be One and Only the Palm.It’s a beautiful hotel with so many different locations right within the hotel grounds, happy wheels demo perfect for couples who love the beach but equally as good with couples who are into beige and pink walls as a backdrop, which I personally love!
A newcomer on my list of top engagement spots is Zaya, on Nurai Island, in Abu Dhabi. I had the pleasure of shooting an anniversary session at this location withRio and Adam and the island’s tropical vibe has me hookedJCheck out the anniversary shoot from Nurai Island here.
UNUSUAL LOCATIONS WORTH THE EFFORT
Sometimes our clients are looking for the little extra, and they want to go where no one’s gone before for their engagement session, a location completely different from the rest. If you’re willing to go the extra mile to push your engagement session to another level of special, here are some of our favves: The Fujairah Mountains(2 hours from Dubai), the rocks of the mountains have a beautiful reddish tone that work beautifully against lighter colours clothing. We’ve got several mountain locations up our sleeve so if this is your cup of tea, we’re all for it. Or why not go completely different and book canoe ride on the eastern mangroves of Abu Dhabi? An island or desert retreat several hours away might be a mission but couldit turn out to be the best couple photos you ever took? Is it perhaps worth the investment?
Last but certainly not least, the desert.It’s probably one of the most popular options for engagement photos.I love how the dunes are always changing so thesame spot is never exactly the same even if you keep coming back. The light in the desert is magic, the serenity and the openness is just so peaceful, truly the perfect setting for an engagement session!
As every other photography studio, we’ve also got our handful of secret engagement spots that we keep to ourselves. Our absolute favourite spots have the best of all worlds, a beautiful backdrop, magic light and something that sets them apart from the rest. That’s why we love them (and keep them a secret!) Shhhh….!
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have so many fantastic locations to choose from and we love all of these spots. I truly believe it’s about picking a spot for your engagement session that reflects you and what you love, and ultimately wherever you choose will be pe