A pre-wedding or
engagement shoot has become very popular over the
last few years. But often people donít realise just
how beneficial these shoots are for the couples
about to get married and how much they improve the
photography on their wedding day.
Good wedding photography requires a rapport between
the couple and the photographer and your host, there
is no better way of building this than a pre-wedding
shoot. It's at this shoot that you will get to see
us in action, it also helps out a lot on your
wedding day as you will already know the style and
how we interact with you.
Not only is your special day unique, so are both of
you. It is at this pre-wedding shoot that we can try
some styles out, figure out what works, and what
doesnít work for you.
So many people don't like their photos being taken
and you'll think that you are just not photogenic.
What youíll get from an pre-wedding shoot is the
chance to see how good you look in some
professionally taken images, this will help you
relax come your big day.
So here are some tips
on what to wear and how to syle yourself when you
have your relaxed and informal photo shoot session
What to Wear
something you are comfortable in. If youíre not
comfortable, it will show in the pictures.
Wear clothes that are complementary in style and
colour. Donít be too matchy.
Wear clothes that are the same level of dressiness.
Donít dress up and have your fiance wear their
everyday street clothes.
Think about layering clothing, this gives us a few
Itís best not to wear tight jeans or other clothes
that are overly tight and restrict movement. Or show
curves you donít want shown.
Wear something you love, and make sure itís Ďyouí.
Itís best not to wear something you are going to
wish you didnít wear when you look back at the
Darker colours are slimming and they are also easier
to photograph. But if you have something in white or
off white, donít be afraid to wear it.
Patterns go out of style quickly, and the background
usually has enough texture that patterns can
sometimes make the photos too busy. Classic clothing
styles will look good in photos for years Ė but also
try to bring clothes that are uniquely you for ďfunĒ
Have the clothes match the location and season for
the shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably are not
the best on a cold day (this goes back to being
comfortable, if you are not warm itís harder to look
warm and happy)
Neutral Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
Wear shoes you can comfortably walk in.
Leave your bag behind, unless you want it in the
photos. (You can be more free and fun without it) I
can carry your keys and a few necessities in my
next big questions is where to have your shoot?
For a pre-wedding shoot we would normally recommend
an outdoor location, somewhere special to both of
A park, a river, somewhere a little rural.
Short of time or cant think of a special place? How
about we grab a quick 30-60 mins when we visit your
wedding venue? Firstly this helps us scout out the
surrounding area for locations for your wedding
photos, we can see where works and where doesnít,
and secondly, it helps us get to know how you both
react in front of the camera. If we use the same
venue as your wedding, then it is important that we
change the style, viewpoint to ensure the photos are
different to your wedding day.
Take the time of year and time of day into
consideration. If your photos are outside, the best
time of day for the session is early in the morning
or the last few daylight hours. Photos during this
time will produce a warm glow. Autumn photos can be
gorgeous; just be sure to dress in layers. Winter
photos can be fun, but this is an especially
unpredictable time of year for the weather, however
this could lead to some fun photos
We totally recommend a pre-wedding shoot, and cannot
emphasise just how beneficial this would be.
Your special day only happens once!, make the most
of it and ensure your guests have a