So you want to book a pre wedding shoot…Great! Pre wedding/engagement photo shoots are great fun; it’s an opportunity to get some amazing portraits of you and your partner in fun and relaxed way. I always tell my couples to make an effort for the shoot, its possibly a once in lifetime opportunity to get some shots of you both, so get dressed up, look the business and you will be amazed with the results, and you’ll want to show everyone to see how fab you guys look! Maybe use the photographs for a slideshow at your reception party? Or use them in a guestbook next to a big print? Perhaps for the walls in your new home? I’ve even had some couple using the pre wedding photographs for table plans to personalised M&M’s!
Talking from experience, in the first 5 minutes of the shoot, you’ll feel quite nervous; that’s ok, I’m not expecting you to be a pro at posing, this is something we’ll work on during the shoot. As soon as you get in the flow, you’ll ease up and start loving the session and as we go along I’ll show you how the pics are coming along and again, this will ease the nerves! I find that by booking a pre wedding photo shoot, you’ll give yourself a practice run for the portrait session on the big day, I want you to almost fall back into the mindset from the Pre wedding shoot as soon as we start the portrait session as timings will probably be quite tight on the day so its key that get into the swing of it all as soon as possible.
For me, photographing a pre wedding photo shoot gives me a chance to get to know you and your partner, to see what makes you both smile, what makes you guys the couple that you are, from the cheeky glances to each other to the fun and antics that drew you both together, I want to capture your personalities and that for me is key. At the same time, you’ll get to know me a bit more and come the wedding day, you’ll be at ease when I’m there photographing your special day.
This year I’ve been fortunate to photograph my couples in some fab locations, from beaches and cliff sides in Cyprus, inside some funky bars with crazy lighting, stunning locations in and around the UK, to being shoulder deep in freezing cold water in the English Channel, I’ve been stung by nettles and thorns, had hay fever attacks, cut and grazed my knee and elbow on sharp rocks, but its always worth the effort and there’s not much I won’t do to get the shot I need, even if it means risking my gear! So for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of the pre wedding photographs that I’ve captured over the last year.
Massive Thanks to Meheer, Guv, Pratik, Sam, Kajal and Shivani for all helping out with various Pre wedding shoots this year, your help has been greatly appreciated!
By the way, photoshoots aren’t just for my wedding couples, if you’d like to book in a couple shoot, feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and lets get a date in the diary!