Many couples assume that, as a wedding photographer, I'm there to turn up on the day, take a few snaps, and then send you the results. Although it might seem like that's the case, a lot of what makes the photos work boils down to how comfortable you both are in front of a camera. On your big day, you're going to spend a great deal of it getting photographs taken, and that's not just with your photographer! Your guests will be taking shots of you all day too, and it can be a little overwhelming, especially if you're not used to it.
That's where a pre-wedding shoot comes in handy. I include this pre-wedding shoot with every booking I get for weddings. Why? Because it gets us all used to being around each other with the camera. We get to know each other a little bit, so on your wedding day it's not a stranger turning up to take your all-important photographs, it's someone you've met and worked with before. It gets rid of (most of!) your awkwardness of having to stare into each other's eyes for long periods of time, and it gives us a chance to try out different poses and techniques to find out what works and what doesn't. Every couple is unique so different things work for different people, and this is a great way to get a feel for that. Who knows, you might find that one pose that works for you that you've been looking for your whole life! This also makes things run more smoothly on the day, as when it comes to getting your photographs taken we'll be veterans in what works, giving you much more all-important mingling time with your guests.
In the run-up to the pre-wedding shoot, we'll talk over locations before hand to collaborate on the photos. Do you have somewhere that's important to you? Great! If not, don't worry. There's always somewhere interesting to go nearby. These shoots usually don't take much longer than half an hour, and when they're over you get a gallery of your pictures to look through, and you can pick the best one to be printed into an A3 sized signing frame for the guests at your wedding (which is included at no extra cost as well). We can do the shoot anywhere up to 2 weeks before the big day, but I always recommend doing it at least a few months in advance so that we have time to reschedule if the weather isn't great or if something comes up. The most important thing though is that we have some fun with it!
I hope this gives you a bit more to think about when it comes to your pre-wedding shoot, and as always if you'd like any more details, please feel free to contact us!