WHY DO I NEED A PRE-WEDDING SHOOT?
The Pre-Wedding Shoot is the ideal opportunity to get rid of any nerves about being photographed before the big day. The more relaxed you are in front of the camera, the better your photographs will be, and the Pre-Wedding Shoot is the perfect time to experiment and discover how you wish to be presented on camera. There is no right or wrong way to pose, or how to be on camera. Photography is very personal and subjective, so what is right for one couple, will be totally wrong for another. It is not every day that a couple has professional photographs taken of them, so it can be crucial to have the experience of being photographed as a couple before the big day, and to feel relaxed with the photographer who will be asking you to look a certain direction, or stand slightly differently, and understand why these sort of things are being asked.
I like to to keep the shoot as relaxed as possible and create a bit of a contrast with the wedding day itself. The wedding day is usually very formal dress which is what the majority of people require for the occasion, but it can be nice to capture some images in a more informal manner before the day. It's important that as a couple you get to know your photographer, as well as it being a great chance for the photographer to learn about your personalities as individuals, and as a couple. The result should be that you look forward to having your photographs taken on your wedding day, rather than dreading the moment.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR PRE-WEDDING SHOOT?
The first thing to consider is location. This should be somewhere that reflects you as individuals. There is no point in choosing to have the images captured in a city if you spend most of your lives in the countryside. It can be nice to choose a location that means a lot to you as a couple. For example this could be a place that you had your first date, or have enjoyed going or where you spend a lot of time. This can lead to your images having more meaning for you, especially when you look back at them in years to come.
You should also consider what to wear. It can be nice to have a few changes of outfits to choose from on the day and change into in order for your images to have some more variety. Again I advise to keep it relaxed and wear clothes that you feel comfortable in and reflect who you are.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY PRE-WEDDING PHOTOS?
First and foremost enjoy them! The images from your Pre-Wedding Shoot will provide nice memories, and capture a moment in time to sit alongside your wedding photography for years to come. I choose to provide 10 of the best images from the shoot for you to keep before the wedding day. It can be invaluable to see these images before the wedding day to inform your photographer which images you prefer best, and this can have the advantage of allowing your photographer to capture images that you feel flatter you best on your wedding day.
DISPLAYING YOUR PHOTOS
You may wish to use one or more images from the Pre-Wedding Shoot on your wedding day, either in a signing frame or guest book, or presented on a canvas.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-WEDDING SHOOT
However you wish to have your Pre-Wedding Shoot, whether it be in a country park, an urban area, or a favourite location, a Pre-Wedding Shoot can be an invaluable part of your wedding photography package. My advice is to enjoy it and make the most out of the experience, and you will learn much about your photographer, about you as a couple, and gain comfort and understanding when being in front of the camera.