Our next supplier sharing her amazing work is Jacki Bruniquel, a Durban based photographer. The Wedding Friends team absolutely adores her and she is definitely one of the big names in the wedding industry.
Jacki quotes “When it comes to my Fine Art work I love making mixed media pieces and have had a number of exhibitions to date. As far as photography goes, I adore taking pictures of people and enjoy being able to combine my creative fine art background with a sound technical element in order to tell stories'” Jacki Bruniquel shares her thoughts with us in our exciting E-shoot series.
Why do you recommend an engagement shoot?
I personally find that when I do an engagement shoot with my clients I tend to bond with them more. This means I understand them more and this shows in the images we produce. I strive to create images that are unique to each couple and tell their story. By spending time with my clients I get a better understanding of who they are, and my photos therefore become more authentic.
On a more superficial level, most people aren’t natural models and have no idea how to pose and act in front of a camera. Having an engagement shoot will familiarize you with how your photographer works. It will also give them a chance to study you, so that they can photograph you in the most flattering way on the wedding day. Everyone photographs better from certain angles and sometimes it takes more than one or two clicks for a photographer to work this out
What do you suggest couples use their engagement photos for?
My engagement photos have been used for Save the Dates, Wedding Invites and in Guest Books. They can be hung in frames and put into photo albums but they pretty much always land up as new Facebook profile pictures. J
3| How much time before the wedding do you recommend having an engagement shoot?
This really depends on the couple. Some people like to have their engagement shoot shortly after getting engaged, others land up having theirs done a week before the wedding. There is no set rule here and really depends on everyone’s schedule.
4| Any insider tips for engagement shoot outfits?
No bad T-shirts with branding everywhere and definitely no matching jeans and white T-shirts! The styling of the shoot should really be centered on the theme of the shoot, what works for one couple might not work for the next. I have done fantastical styled shoots involving costumes and crazy hair that suited the couple in those pictures. This however just wouldn’t have been right for some of my other clients! It’s a good idea to discuss outfits with the photographer, send them pictures, look at magazines and consider your location. If you have budget, you could always hire a stylist. Definitely have your hair and makeup done, as this makes a huge difference not only to how you look in the photos but to your overall self confidence on the day.
5| Any tips on choosing a location for an engagement shoot?
Choosing a location is as important as choosing a theme for your shoot, and often these go hand in hand. The location will definitely set the scene and tell a narrative, so it needs to be carefully considered. For example, if you are a couple who loves to eat in fancy restaurants, shop till you drop and hit the gym, an urban setting would be good for you, a farmyard however, would not!
6| Craziest engagement shoot you have ever done?
I am not sure if this is necessarily crazy, it was rather just bloody awesome. I have done e-shoots in Hong Kong and India recently. There was just so much to work with in these vibrant colourful countries it was hard to know where to begin!