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Real Engagement Session: Alice & Anson (London) by Kathy Li.

As you can tell by now, I’m all for engagement photos that are candid and engaging; ones that reflect who the couple are when they’re together, rather than the ones which focus too much on the background and the posing. I may have questioned before why couples like to have the obligatory photo taken in the middle of a zebra crossing but somehow, the set of photos you’re about to see with Alice & Anson holding hands crossing a quiet London road works. They’re relaxed, bubbly, in love and as their photographer Kathy Li describes it, “they look like they’re on a fun date”. You can almost feel the butterflies in their stomach.

Photo credits: Kathy Li @ KayEllePhoto.com

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Real Engagement Session: Sarah & Will (London) by Marianne Taylor Photography

When you’ve got two lovebirds who were meant to be, coupled with 2012′s Best Wedding Photographer in the UK coming together for an engagement photo session in London, you know the photos will shine. It may have rained on the day Will proposed to Sarah, or on the actual shoot day, but that didn’t put a dampener on their spirits nor does the fact that Sarah lives in the UK and Will in the US. Sarah has always loved Marianne Taylor‘s work and knew that her relaxed style would be perfect for them. That meant when it started to rain (and we all know it rains a lot in London!), the natural reaction was to grab some brollies, go out and let the day go by, just like how it normally would. When the drizzles became torrential rain, they retreated indoors to Sarah’s apartment, filled with snippets of her print design background (worked for both Paul Smith and Cath Kidston!). Oozing with cuteness, and not only from that childhood polaroid, you can tell from the photos how much fun they had even without any props. Sarah & Will and Marianne have shown us that engagement shoots needn’t be fussy. It’s simply feeling at home with each other.


p.s. Sarah & Will’s wedding will be held in Hong Kong next month. To give you an idea of how creative Sarah is, she’s currently making 140 programs all with different floral prints she’s painted in the past. That’s dedication right there!


Photo credits: Marianne Taylor Photography

On how to look relaxed on engagement shoot day, Sarah advised future couples, “to look relaxed is to probably be relaxed. I did my own make up, we wore what we’d normally wear. The shoot was taken at home so that helped a lot. Throughout our session, Marianne kept asking us questions, so we were chatting a lot of the time. For us, it was just another day in our lives. It’s so easy to overthink things but with the whole wedding experience, we’re just hoping to be as true to ourselves as we can. We’re hoping that on the actual wedding day, we can just spend a lovely afternoon and evening with our close family and friends as well!”