A pre-wedding shoot is a great photo opportunity, a way to get some great images for your guest book, a chance to try out some new looks, an excuse to visit a favourite place, and perhaps most importantly, gives you time to get to know your photographer before the wedding day.
Lots of people will see the formal wedding photos from the day, but adding in a pre-wedding shoot and even a ‘trash the dress’ shoot as well really gives people the chance to see you as a couple, relaxed and having fun being together. There are lots of reasons to go with an engagement/pre-wedding shoot; here are some of our favourites…..
You get to know your photographer.
We would always advise choosing a photographer that you feel you have connected with, someone who gets the look that you want and understands if either of you are camera shy or if you want to be able to have elaborately styled images. It is important that you have someone you can talk to and feel relaxed with as they will be playing a big part on your wedding day and the more relaxed you feel with them around the better your photos will be.
Experiment with different styles
There is still a place for the family group shot at a wedding, but there are lots of styles out there and you can see what works best for you by looking at yourselves in the shots as well as seeing a photographer’s portfolio of work. You can also try out different styles of clothing, hair, make-up and poses to see what works best for you; this can help you get some great shots on the day itself.
Ask your photographer to choose a setting or go to somewhere that is meaningful for you, a beach, woodland, city landmark or wherever and see what you can come up with. Stride across a zebra crossing in the style of a famous album cover, or dress in clothing from your favourite era, anything goes; the aim is to have fun and be more relaxed with your photographer.
You can us the shots to make up pages in a guest album for people to sign on the wedding day, or put a funny one in with your invitations to give people a clue to the theme of your wedding. They can also be used as part of a slide show at the wedding or be sent to guests as ‘before’ and ‘after’ with your thank you cards.
So get creative, talk to your photographer, and make the most of this photo opportunity!