The pre-wedding photo session (or ‘Engagement Shoot’) is a fun way for you to build rapport with your wedding photographer before the big day and to help you feel more at ease with being photographed on your wedding day.
What is a pre wedding photo shoot?
A pre wedding photo shoot is a chance for the couple to get together with their wedding photographer in the run up to the big day, usually at a venue of their choice, and to have some portrait photos taken. Many photographers include a pre wedding photo shoot in their package, but expect the couple to pay extra for any digital images and prints they want, and some charge an additional fee for a pre wedding shoot.
What is the purpose of a pre wedding photo shoot?
There are several reasons to book a photo shoot in the run up to the wedding and these are a few of them:
You have the chance to get to know your photographer so you are more comfortable spending a large portion of your wedding day with them.
You can talk to your photographer about your likes and dislikes and they can get an idea of how you work with the camera, and how subtle or intrusive they should be on your wedding day.
You can experience your photographer in action and make sure you have made the right choice before your wedding day. They should be doing their best to impress you during and after the pre wedding photos, and if they seem unreliable at this stage you might want to reconsider your choice for the wedding itself.
You can have some beautiful and natural images taken of you and your fiance looking like yourselves rather than like a bride and groom. Your pre wedding photos can be taken in a more casual setting than your wedding venue such as your home, a park, or the beach.
The session also helps the photographer to get to know you… what works for you, how affectionate you are with each other, how relaxed you are, whether you are laid back or more formal in character… what’s the best angle to shoot you from in order to flatter you best.
It’s a nice idea to have this session on location at the wedding venue itself so that you can walk around with your photographer, discuss ideas and finalise plans and timings. A good photographer will be open to ideas so if you have a favourite rural or urban location in which you would like to be photographed do let them know! Most couples dress casually for the session but hey… if you want to wear a party dress in the middle of a forest or by a canal to create a fashion shoot feel then why not! Make sure that you pick a photographer who is creative enough to create the look you want.
A spring pre-wedding shoot is ideal. After the pre-wedding shoot you will have an opportunity to buy images from the shoot. Some photographers will offer a free enlargement as part of the price. Some even mount the print for you and then display it at the wedding so that guests can sign (or simply admire!) your gorgeous engagement photo.