‘What’s a pre-wedding shoot/meeting and do I need one?’
This is a question some couples ask me, and there is nothing wrong with a question! So, this is my answer and why we include this as part of our wedding packages. A pre-wedding shoot is great for both parties for a number of reasons:
1. The Photographer gets to meet the couple again, assess what works in terms of posing, how the couple are together in-front of the camera and (as I’m super organised!) gets to finalise the timings and movements on the day so everyone can relax. Most importantly you start building a relationship with the couple which makes for far more relaxed photography.
2. The couple have their first ‘taster’ in-front of the camera with their photographer and build up that rapport and experiences so on the day they are also relax knowing their photographer has everything in-hand. We also give you the best images from the shoot so you receive some couple shots as a bonus!
With all our packages the pre-wedding shoot is already included as we believe this is an important part of relationship building with our couples. However there are times when a couple might not want a shoot. This is totally fine and we respect whatever the reason is, we don’t push and if they really don’t want one then we just hold a meeting, have coffee/tea and discuss the finer details of the day. We aim to make our couples happy, not what ideally suits us 🙂
Just remember you don’t need to have your pre-wedding shoot at your wedding venue!!!! – Alot of photographers will want to shoot at your venue! We leave this entirely up to our couples. Some might want too – totally cool, others might have a favourite place they feel so comfortable that we just have to shot there!
We focus on relationship building, the photography is second nature and regardless of if we have been to your venue before or not it doesn’t matter. A really great photographer will have the ideas and passion right from the word ‘GO!’.
We would be delighted to hear your thoughts on pre-wedding shoots so please feel free to comment below!
Below are a couple of examples of pre-wedding shoots we have had the pleasure in shooting…..thanks to all our couples out there!