THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
What is a pre-wedding or engagement shoot?
A pre-wedding shoot, often referred to as an engagement shoot, is a photo shoot that usually takes place three to six months prior to the wedding day. Though pre-wedding shoots have become a necessity for most, a lot of couples have started debating on whether or not they should have one. Some couples think it's a waste of money and has no use at all. Well, on that case, they might be wrong.
An engagement shoot can actually help you in a few different ways. First, it helps you build a good rapport with your photographer, especially if you're hiring the same one to document your wedding day. You will feel more comfortable with your photographer and also get to know his or her shooting style. For your photographer, it's also the time to get to know more about you as a couple; your characters, how affectionate you are with each other, how formal or casual your styles are. This way, they can create suitable settings that will flatter the both of you during your pre-wedding shoot and wedding day."Pre-wedding moments are romantic times for the couple." In short, it's a great way to create everlasting memories.
What makes a great pre-wedding photo?
There are so many things that can help make great engagement pictures. One is whether or not the pictures can tell the couples' story and the other is how emotions are captured by the lens. "Pictures have to tell something; who they are, how they began, or where they're going as a couple. Above all, it is the captured emotions that bring all the goodness to the pictures.
If you are getting married & are looking to have a pre-wedding shoot (or an engagement session or a lifestyle photoshoot as I like to refer to it as), read on.
FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT MATCHES YOUR STYLE:
You need to book a photographer who can showcase your personality. Once you have browsed through someone’s work – you should have a fair idea about the kind of pictures that you might be able to get. Remember – showing a photographer if he/she can replicate somebody else’s style – is not what you want to do. It is only going to leave you disappointed in the end, and you will blame the photographer for your own bad judgement.
Many creative couples and photographers have come up with countless pre-wedding concepts; so many that you will probably have trouble choosing one for yourself.
THE PREPARATION – GO SHOPPING. BE STYLISH. ACCESSORISE. LOOK YOUR BEST:
You have gone through the tough task of finding the right photographer, now make sure you are serious about dressing up. I have seen a lot of shoots go bad – because the couple didn’t bother to pack extra clothes planned for the shoot, forgot the matching jacket at home, or just wanted to make do with the existing pair of extra clothes, which were there because you didn’t really want to wear them in the first place. Stick to the options that you discuss with your photographer, show him/her pictures of the kind of styling advice he has to offer. Even if you don’t have time to go shopping for the shoot – pick your favourites, your most classy clothes. You can hire the best of the photographers, go to the most exotic locations – but in the end – it’s how you look that will make or break the shoot. At the same time, remember – your photographer is not a stylist, but unless you are going to hire a professional stylist for your shoot – your photographer is the best person to help you with the same
LOCATIONS. PALACES. GARDENS. BEACHES. MARKETPLACES
The Location can make you look like Larger than life. If you are confident – go outdoors, to more crazy & popular locations like marketplaces, forts & tourist spots, public gardens etc. If you are staying at an exotic property – get the permissions for the shoot there – you will get the best of both worlds – privacy & beautiful backdrops. And if you are like most couples – who are a little shy in front of the camera, and get conscious of the fact that people might stop and stare – choose a more secluded place, like a far-away beach or farmhouse, or an old ruin which is not on the tourist map, the back alley of your apartment building, or simply your terrace or garden. For variation – ask your photographer if two different locations can be combined, or simply take two sessions with different styling and different themes – while one can be romantic, the other can be playful.
BODY LANGUAGE – CONFIDENCE, LOVE, ENTHUSIASM:
Be confident with your body. You are not Fat or Thin. You are always going to be you, and that is beautiful. Stop worrying about the better side or the better angle. It’s a date – with the guy/girl you love, and that is all that should matter. Laugh, Be Playful, Be close, hold hands, look into each others eyes, hold each other, try things that you might not do ordinarily, show your fun/crazy/prankful side. Don’t look for direction every minute.
LET GO – BREATHE. HAVE FUN:
I can’t emphasise more on the importance of ‘letting go’ during the shoot. After the task of finding the right photographer, the location, clothes, the logistics etc. – You are finally ready to make some awesome pictures. Let your photographer take control, while you let go & trust his creativity. Once you stop worrying about how you are looking in a picture – you can focus on having a good time with each other. Using your energy to show how much fun you guys can have together is going to show in your pictures – so focus on that rather than worrying about what your photographer is doing or if he/she is making you look awkward or putting you in silly poses – remember, you booked the photographer because you liked his/her work in the first place.
Just like any other important meeting – treat the shoot with some respect. Please don’t make this sound like you are doing him/her a favour by listening to his advice. The photographer surely has more experience with a Lifestyle shoot than you have, respect his/her efforts to make you look awesome!