The pre-wedding or engagement photo shoot has seen an increasing popularity over the past few years as more and more photographers publicise themed shoots on such social networks as Pinterest, Twitter and, well, all the rest.
The concept originated as an added incentive photographers used to snare business away from competitors as a little bonus for choosing them, however the idea has now blossomed into a little industry of its own and we want to discuss whether it deserves this acclaim or whether it should be viewed as just another gimmick.
Getting to know you & your photographer
Firstly, let’s consider some of the background. If, and it usually is the case, your relationship with your wedding photographer is relatively fresh, you may have never actually met. The engagement shoot is an excellent opportunity for both you and the photographer to get to know one another better and to settle any nerves you may have about being in front of the camera. You’ll be surprised how much of the wedding day you’ll spend with this person so it’s wise to get to know them a little and feel comfortable with them.
Correcting years of bad habits
Another fundamental benefit of a pre-wedding shoot is to correct some of those bad habits and misconceptions most of us have developed over the years. Let’s face it, not many people spend a lot of time in front of the camera. After the terror of school photograph days, documenting us during the time of overactive hormones, experimental styling choices and turbulent skin problems; we tend not to have another professional photographs taken until our wedding day.
And this gap is most certainly not well filled with the social networking ‘selfie’ trend and drunken nights out captured on camera phones. Unsurprisingly this has not done much for the self-esteem of the average person and trust me, the overly exaggerated ‘selfie’ pout is not what you want to see in your wedding album 50 years from now. Your photographer will be able to guide you through some flattering poses and reassure you of how to naturally look your best in the images of the day.
Freedom of expression and creativity
Photo shoots should be fun and without the restraints of wedding day schedule and dozens of guest vying for your attention, the engagement shoot can be a great opportunity to get some really interesting and creative shots of you and your partner. In part, this is why the trend has really become popular. Creative, artistic photographers can really push the boundaries and explore your character in these shoots. We’ve seen everything from the traditional tea parties and picnics in the park through to the zombie apocalypse as themes for these pre-wedding shots and we’ve loved everyone.
Signing frame or invite
Having a pre-wedding shoot, be it highly stylised or not, should produce some outstanding images that you may also wish to have as their own keep sakes. Alternatively these can also lend themselves well to being used as part of your wedding invitations or an additional idea is to use them as an alternative to a wedding guest book. Why not consider framing an image from your pre-wedding shoot with a wide mount board and allowing guests to sign the frame. This gives the guests something to admire on the day however the image itself can be replaced after the wedding with a shot from the big day, making for a wonderful memento to hang on the wall.
Though pre-wedding shoots may have started out with a bad reputation and though there may be a hint of cliché over their content or stylisation, they do hold some significant value for, most importantly, you, the client. It cannot be overlooked how much they ease the build up to your wedding and can make for better pictures on the day.
We offer pre-wedding photo shoots as a standalone feature and as a complimentary addition to every wedding we shoot, and it’s not to win more business, but to work closer with our clients and to deliver the expected level of exceptional photography.
If you are interested in our services for your wedding day, why not try us out for an engagement photo shoot beforehand and we’ll deduct the cost of your shoot from the cost of your wedding if you do wish to use us.
To find out more about the packages we offer please feel free to explore our website or contact us directly.