We thought we’d include a little bit about why we always include (and LOVE) this type of shoot- aside from the fact that its really exciting – YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!! But here are some sensible reasons 😉
Although having your picture taken may be the last thing you think you want, it can be really good preparation for the big day. You’ll have more of an understanding of how things will go on your wedding day which will make you feel much more at ease when the time comes, and this will reflect in your photos. Also its a great chance to get to know how your photographer will direct you on the day, as well as a chance to get to know him/her and be more comfortable with them, after all they will be spending the day with you.
2. Let US see YOU
Its a great opportunity to meet your photographer in a more casual setting and have a chat about what you want your photos to represent. Whether you’re both a bit quirky and extravert, or quiet and reserved, your personalities and relationship should be the focus.
Its great to have some natural pictures of you looking like yourselves; the most important thing is capturing you as a couple, not just 2 people smiling at the camera.
3. Location, location, location.
If you want to have your pre-wedding shoot at your venue it can be a really good opportunity to scout out some places you’d like your pictures taking on the day. You could have your shoot in the same season, or if you’re having a summer wedding you could opt for a winter shoot to offer a nice contrast to your wedding pictures.
Alternatively – you could choose a significant place to you both such as where you met, your first kiss, where you got engaged or even just a favourite place to spend time together.
Either way you’ll get some gorgeous photos of you as a couple before you tie the knot – and you’ll have spent an afternoon together getting all loved up!
4. Lights, camera, action!
You get to see how your photographer works. Its almost like an interview for them- time-keeping, people skills and knowledge of their equipment is put to the test before, during and after the shoot. They can help with pose suggestions and direction of how you look best together, as well as helping to keep you composed.
5. Show them off!
We recommend having your shoot at least 2 months before the wedding – if you want enough time for photos to be edited and used for things you might need for the wedding day.
Create a guestbook – your pictures could be used in your own personalised signature guestbook. That way when your guests are signing they can have a flip through and see your lovely images too.
Use them in a slideshow to play at your reception with your favourite song. We love creating these and seeing guests reactions on the day.
Feature your photos in your wedding album- with a storybook album it can be a great way to start off your ‘love story’.
You’ll have some great images to display in your home alongside any wedding prints/canvases, something a bit more informal will mix it up a little.
– If you’re not booking the whole day off work, try to at least get an afternoon, shoots can take up to 2 hours if you’re chatting about idea’s too- so its good to not be on a time limit where you’re worrying about getting back. You want to have enough time to enjoy yourselves.
– Think about where and when you want your shoot- if you want it at the wedding venue its best to plan for a week day as they are more likely to have other weddings at the weekend, but you can always phone ahead to check. Photos outdoors are usually fine but if you’d like pictures inside you may need to get permission for access. Similarly, if you’d like your shoot in a local park, you might wish to do it during the week so its more private.
– If you have a theme for your wedding, think about whether this would work for your pre-wedding shoot too. Or just pick a theme for the shoot – picnic in the park, romantic boat trip,
– If you plan your hair and make-up trial for the same day you’ll get to see how you’ll look in professional photos, and see if any adjustments need to be made to the style for the big day
– Talk to your photographer about the time you do your shoot, sometimes its best to let the photographer choose the time, the direction of the sun will light locations differently at different times of the day.
Last tip – have fun!