Make the most of your pre-wedding shoot (2022)

A pre-wedding shoots is a great opportunity to have a lovely date with your man with the bonus of gorgeous photos at the end. Yay!

You also get to know your photographer and how they work and they find out how best to photograph you, which is so so important for your wedding day.

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But what can you do to make the best of your pre-wedding shoot?

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Here is how you can make it stand out and make your photos really spectacular: Make the most of your pre-wedding shoot (2)

Trust your photographer

Most of my couples tell me that they are unphotogenic and that they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Seriously, I can count the number of times that a couple hasn’t said this to me on one hand!

It is my job as your photographer to make you feel at ease and to help you look great in your photos.

I promise, even if you start out feeling a little awkward, I will guide you to the locations with the best light, maybe give you pointers on how to stand or what to do. You will soon relax and your photos will look fabulous as a result.

If you’re really nervous, one drink has never hurt anyone and might just take the edge off enough for you to feel more at ease. Don’t overdo it though!

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Location, Location, Location

The location you choose for your shoot really affects the look, feel and vibe of your pre-wedding shoot.

Think about it! If you go to a beach, to a park, to an urban area or to an old train museum it will look completely different. A dilapidated building will have a very different feel to a shoot over brunch in a café or in a library.

If you’re really stuck, I can make a few suggestions for you to choose from. There are always new places added to my photography bucket list that I’m itching to shoot at!

🙂

Your chosen location might have stunning views, gorgeous nature, a funky graffiti or some tall grass that you can’t wait to roll around in.

Don’t be shy to suggest a location. On very rare occasions you might need to ask permission to use your chosen location for your pre-wedding shoot. This rarely ever happens, but if you are ever really unsure about it, send me a quick email.

I have captured some of my favourite engagement shoots at a beach, in a cornfield, at National Trust properties, at a National Park, along the Thames, a London canal, woods, and a busy London market. I’ve also been knee deep in water and flat on my tummy in a field of poppies.

How about a walk along the Seine in Paris or a quick nip into Tivoli in Copenhagen?

I’m up for anything and love to shoot at new locations, so choose a favourite place, somewhere where you’ve always wanted to go, or somewhere that reflects who you are.

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Style

Have an idea of what you would like your shoot and your photos to look like?

Would you like to have a picnic shoot?

A punting shoot?

One that features lots of flowers, tea cups, vintage suitcases?

Do you love to play pool, ride your bike, pick strawberries?

Love reading above all else or playing online games?

I work with some amazing suppliers, and if you’re up for it we can style it up or style it down to make your idea come to life. Drop me a line and let’s make it all about what you love!

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Timing

Although there are no hard and fast rules, I usually suggest that you book your shoot for a date at least 6 weeks to 1 month before your wedding, so that you can enjoy these lovely images well before your wedding day.

Apart from this, I’ll follow your preference. You could book your pre-wedding shoot soon after booking me as your wedding photographer, or at a later date if you are going for a specific look and feel.

Some locations look better at certain parts of the day or at specific times of the year and different parts of the day and times of the year look different in your photos.

When you book your shoot, I will likely suggest a time of day that will offer the best light for your images, so please make sure you arrive on time, as the light often changes pretty quickly.

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The shoot usually takes around 1-1.5 hours but sometimes unforeseeable things do happen, like a 10 minute delay on the train. Please make sure you don’t plan your timings too tightly and instead look forward to a relaxed day spent together celebrating your engagement.

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Be close

Hold hands, hug, walk together, stand close, smile, laugh, interlace your fingers… even kiss. You are on your engagement shoot after all.

You’d be surprised how nerves and new surroundings can distract you and you might just forget. Or you might feel a little embarrassed about being close in front of the camera.

But trust me, the more you can let yourself go, the more natural and unposed your photos will look.

Chat to your fiancé, make him laugh and get him to joke with you. Keep the mood light. The natural spontaneous reactions are what look great in your photos and show your connection. It will show in your photos and will make them truly about you and your relationship.

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Be natural

Stiff poses are very rarely what your photographer wants to see. There might be certain shots when holding still is important in order to create a more elaborate shot, but on the whole, I much prefer you to just be yourselves.

Move between poses and interact with each other. The more you goof around, the more you enjoy it and the more you let go the better your photographs will be.

If you want some more ideas about posing take a look at my guide on how to pose for photos.

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Look your best

Your outfits and accessories affect the look and feel of your photos as much as your location and the combination of the two can produce amazing results.

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Drop me an email if you have any question about how your planned outfits will work at your chosen location.

Also check out my guide on what to wear in your photos and my other useful Hints and Tips about Engagement Shoots.

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Have fun

Seems obvious, doesn’t it?

But it’s really important!

To make the most of your pre-wedding shoot just be you.

The more you are yourselves and enjoy your shoot the better your photos will be.

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Can we have a couples shoot if we’re not getting married?

Hell yes!

Although most couples choose to have a pre-wedding shoot as part of their wedding photography package, post-wedding shoots or ‘couples’ shoots are also perfect as anniversary gifts, for Valentine’s day, for couples who would just like some gorgeous photos of themselves, and of course for those already married.

If you would like to book your couples or pre-wedding shoot, or have any other questions I’m always happy to hear from you.

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FAQs

How do you wish a pre wedding shoot? ›

Examples:
  1. Best wishes!
  2. We're/I'm so happy for you!
  3. Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  4. Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  5. Wishing you the best today and always.
  6. So happy to celebrate this day with you both!
  7. Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.
  8. Wishing you fulfillment of every dream!
23 Sept 2022

What does pre wedding mean? ›

prewedding (not comparable) Occurring before or in anticipation of a wedding quotations ▼

What is a good wedding message? ›

Formal Wedding Messages

May today be the start of a long, happy life together.” “Wishing you the best as you embark on this next chapter of your life.” “Wishing you joy, love, and happiness on your wedding day.” “Your wedding day may come and go, but may your love forever grow.”

Why pre wedding photoshoot is important? ›

Pre-wedding photography allows both partners to get to know each other better. You are free to pose or not to pose. Pre-wedding shoot photographers are intent on capturing natural moments, expressions, and real emotions shared by the couple. Such pictures make your album more vibrant.

How many pictures do you need for a pre wedding? ›

How many photos are provided in a pre wedding shoot? If you have booked your photographer for a day in Bangalore, you can expect to get 10-15 images from the photoshoot.

What is post wedding photoshoot? ›

A post-wedding shoot is a milestone in a marriage. A post-wedding shoot documents your journey with your partner and can be done anytime you would like. The love can always be kept alive between a couple if they have a happy memory to lean back on.

How long do pre wedding pictures take? ›

This would usually take about 15 minutes, or 20 minutes at the most. For brides and grooms with big families (maybe including grandparents, stepparents, and/or married siblings with children), the portrait session would usually take about 45 minutes.

What is pre-wedding shoot in India? ›

A pre-wedding shoot is all about capturing picture-perfect dreamy and romantic moments! Nowadays, a pre-wedding shoot is a new suave trend and a must-do in every couple's checklist. Gone are those days of simple pictures, now every couple wants to have a stunning pre-wedding shoot that is no less than a movie scene!

Is pre-wedding shoot allowed in Taj Mahal? ›

Permissions For Pre-Wedding Shoot At The Monument? Consult your photographer and proper permissions should be taken for your pre-wedding shoot at Taj Mahal. Keep in mind that the monument is open everyday except Fridays since it is only accessible to Muslims for afternoon prayers.

What should you not do before a photoshoot? ›

6 Things You Should Never Do Before Your Photoshoot
  • 1) Try out a new hairstyle.
  • 2) Experiment with new skin products.
  • 3) Spend too much time in the sun.
  • 4) Eat food or a meal that's sure to make a mess.
  • 5) Stay up all night.
  • 6) Get worked up about your photoshoot.
14 Sept 2017

What do you do the morning of a photoshoot? ›

So here are a few key things that will help you prepare for an early morning photoshoot:
  1. #1 Go To Bed Early. Going to bed early and having a good night of sleep will make a difference when you wake up the next day at 4 or 5 AM. ...
  2. #2 Pre-Set Your Things. ...
  3. #3 Eat & Drink Coffee. ...
  4. #4 Set Several Alarms. ...
  5. #5 Know The Meeting Spot.

Do we need pre-wedding shoot? ›

A pre-wedding shoot ensures that you get to spend much more time with your photographer, which is crucial. It gives you additional time to become more comfortable with the photographer, get used to his/her style and you are no longer hesitant to pose with your partner or romance your partner.

Should you have a pre-wedding shoot? ›

It is really useful to have a pre-wedding shoot. It really helps you get used to the camera. Any experience is good because otherwise you might feel a bit tense on your wedding day. The pre-wedding shoot is sometimes compared to your make-up trial run.

Are pre-wedding shoots necessary? ›

People can choose to have pre-wedding shoots for various reasons, like if they genuinely enjoy taking stylised photographs, or if they feel like they have a story to tell through photos. They get genuine satisfaction and enjoyment from having a pre-wedding shoot and that's perfectly fine.

How do you reply to a wedding invitation? ›

A Formal Response
  1. Mr and Mrs Smith accept with pleasure your kind invitation for Saturday, 7th July.
  2. Dear Mr and Mrs Morrison,
  3. Thank you for the kind invitation to your wedding. ...
  4. Is there a gift registry?
  5. Thank you very much.
  6. Thank you very much for the invitation.

What do you say in a wedding speech? ›

  • Start planning early. ...
  • Introduce yourself and how you know the bride and groom. ...
  • Thank hosts, guests, and wedding party; congratulate the couple. ...
  • Make it personal. ...
  • Think of 3 traits with 3 stories. ...
  • Talk about the couple. ...
  • Have a beginning, middle, and end. ...
  • Consider your audience.
29 Nov 2020

Do you say best wishes for a wedding? ›

Put it this way: Short wedding wishes are always fine, as long as you're saying something sweet or including a wish for the couple's new journey. Examples: "Best wishes!" "Congratulations!"

How do you caption wedding photos on Facebook? ›

List of Captions are as follows:
  1. Cause if you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.
  2. She Said Yaaas!
  3. He stole my heart, so I'm going to steal his last name.
  4. True love stories never have endings but they have beginnings.
  5. Diamonds are forever, and so is this love.
  6. Put a ring on it 💍

Who pays for pre-wedding shoot? ›

Most pre-wedding shoot packages require you to pay for your photographer's time, their traveling costs, editing, shooting location costs, rent, props, makeup, and a lot more. So, make sure you communicate with them well in advance to avoid any surprises before your special day.

What is photo shoot meaning? ›

: an occasion when a professional photographer takes pictures of someone famous for use in a magazine or for some other purpose.

Is pre-wedding shoot necessary Quora? ›

But I can tell you this that it's not necessary to get a pre or post wedding photoshoot. This decision is completely left to you and your family to decide. See if it's in your budget and if you have enough time.

How do you prepare for a pre wedding? ›

A pre-wedding shoot or engagement session is so much more than pretty photos to display in an album or a slideshow during your wedding banquet.
...
Looking natural in your photos
  1. Try some couple poses. ...
  2. Try some couple poses. ...
  3. Laugh and have fun. ...
  4. Laugh and have fun. ...
  5. Get the emotions flowing. ...
  6. Get the emotions flowing.
16 Dec 2019

Do photographers give you all the photos? ›

Most professional photographers will retain all copyright and artistic license over their images, so wont give you their RAWs. You are paying them for their professional expertise to edit your photographs - so that's what you get provided with professionally edited JPGs.

How many pictures should be expected from a 1 hour shoot? ›

In a 30-minute photography session, you could get around 20 photos to choose between, whereas from a 1-hour shoot you should expect 40-50 pictures to look through. Also, think about warm-up time!

Can you retake wedding photos? ›

Retake Them

So, you can't exactly just throw another wedding, but you can re-create your wedding-day look for a second shoot. While it may not have the same sentiment attached and there are of course added expenses involved, it would give you another chance to try out a new photographer, style, beauty look, etc.

What do you do with wedding pictures after the wedding? ›

What You Can Do with Your Wedding Photos after the wedding is over?
  • Put Them in Frames. ...
  • Photo Albums. ...
  • Send Them in Your Thank You Cards. ...
  • Send Them as Your Holiday Cards. ...
  • Use Them as Gifts. ...
  • You Could Create Art with Them. ...
  • Share Them. ...
  • How About Using Them to Make A Cool Video Montage?

What is a day after session? ›

First of all, what the heck is a day-after session? It's a portrait session that happens the day after your wedding, usually in a different location than your wedding venue.

Do wedding photographers edit all photos? ›

Do wedding photographers edit every photo? Most wedding photographers edit every single photo that will be delivered to the couple. This is normally included with your photography package. Keep in mind that the word “editing” can mean different things to different people.

Why do people do a first look? ›

The first look is when a couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day. This intimate moment typically makes for an emotional photo opportunity.

What time should bride be ready? ›

When should I start getting ready for my wedding? For the bride and a bridal party of four, we suggest starting to get ready four to five hours before the ceremony begins.

Which place is best for photoshoot? ›

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  • Varanasi. Varanasi or Kashi (the city of life) brimming with colors across spectrum never ceases to fascinate travel photographers. ...
  • Rajasthan. ...
  • Old Delhi. ...
  • Leh & Ladakh. ...
  • Khajuraho - Madhya Pradesh. ...
  • Hampi. ...
  • Golden Temple - Amritsar. ...
  • Caves of Maharashtra.
30 Jun 2021

Is photography allowed in Lavasa? ›

Yes, drone photography or video is allowed at Lavasa but you need to take permission.

Is gimbal allowed in Taj Mahal? ›

There are few items banned inside Taj Mahal. It includes anything edible, headphones, mobile chargers, other electrical, pens of any kind, torches, knives and camera tripods and gorilla-pods. Though they do allowed selfie sticks and gimbals.

Can we shoot at Taj Mahal? ›

Go to ASI office in agra and take permission, it's allowed to shoot at a particular point at taj and all places in mehtab bagh. It's takes 10-12 days and you will get the permission. There should not be a problem if it's not for commercial use and foreigners are not involved.

How do you use photoshoot in a sentence? ›

Photoshoot sentence example

The prize, which is valued at $8995 (U.S.), also includes a photoshoot, airfare and hotel accommodations. Her photoshoot included a crocheted, string-tie bikini bottom worn with no top, as well as white lingerie that could easily be swimwear as well.

Is photoshoot or photo shoot? ›

'Photo Shoot' or 'Photoshoot'?

Photo shoot is the more common styling and is the one preferred by many usage guides. Photoshoot, however, has ample formal and informal use and may even become the more common variant someday.

How do you pose for a photoshoot? ›

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Should you eat before a photoshoot? ›

If you want to eat before the shoot, go for a combination of moderate-fiber carbohydrates, along with some lean protein and healthy fat. Something along the lines of: 20-30g protein. 40-100g carbs.

Should you drink water before a photoshoot? ›

Three Days Before the Shoot

This means that you have to lose as much subcutaneous water as you can, so your skin “fits” tighter to your body, allowing your muscle to show through. Holding water can make you look loose. Now, it's important to say that you can't just stop drinking water—at least not at first.

How do you look good before a photoshoot? ›

Night before photoshoot:
  1. Take off any makeup with a fragrance free makeup wipe.
  2. Wash face with a gentle cleanser.
  3. Massage face with gentle exfoliator and rinse.
  4. Work lip scrub onto your lips or massage lips with tooth brush.
  5. Rinse face with warm water (not hot or cold!) ...
  6. Apply Vitamin C or your favorite serum (optional)
4 May 2020

What should you not eat before a photoshoot? ›

Avoid Salty Foods Before Your Fitness Photo Shoot

Drinking plenty of water is one of the more recommended tips for dieting: it will flush your body of toxins and avoid bloating. However, salty foods will have the opposite effect – causing your body to retain water and encourage a fuller belly and appearance.

How do I prepare my face for a photoshoot? ›

How to Prep your Skin for a Photoshoot
  1. Make sure you HYDRATE- drinking a lot of water is the best way to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
  2. Remove any makeup you may have on with a fragrance free makeup wipe.
  3. Wash your face with your cleanser of choice.
  4. Wash your face with your exfoliator of choice and rinse well.
24 Mar 2021

Why do people take pre wedding photos? ›

With a pre-wedding shoot, your couple can celebrate their love story before they officially tie the knot!

What is a good quote for wedding? ›

Heartfelt Wedding Quotes
  • “For you see, each day I love you more. ...
  • “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. ...
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. ...
  • “Walking with your hands in mine and mine in yours, that's exactly where I want to be always.”
29 Dec 2020

Whats a pre-wedding shoot? ›

A pre-shoot is a short photo session with your wedding photographer approximately three to six months before your wedding. The main aim of the pre-shoot is to get used to being in front of the camera, build rapport with your photographer, and receive a lovely set of romantic photographs well before your wedding.

How long are pre wedding shoots? ›

What is the duration of the shoot? If your engagement session is included in your wedding package then it's usually up to one hour.

How long do pre wedding pictures take? ›

This would usually take about 15 minutes, or 20 minutes at the most. For brides and grooms with big families (maybe including grandparents, stepparents, and/or married siblings with children), the portrait session would usually take about 45 minutes.

What is a pre wedding party? ›

Pre-wedding events are part of the excitement of getting married. They provide a chance to gather with close friends and family members to share your joy, reminisce and plan for the future. Pre-wedding parties include everything from the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner.

What is post wedding shoot? ›

A post-wedding shoot is a milestone in a marriage. A post-wedding shoot documents your journey with your partner and can be done anytime you would like. The love can always be kept alive between a couple if they have a happy memory to lean back on.

What is pre-wedding photo 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.

Why pre-wedding photoshoot is important? ›

Pre-wedding photography allows both partners to get to know each other better. You are free to pose or not to pose. Pre-wedding shoot photographers are intent on capturing natural moments, expressions, and real emotions shared by the couple. Such pictures make your album more vibrant.

What is post wedding photoshoot? ›

A post-wedding shoot is a milestone in a marriage. A post-wedding shoot documents your journey with your partner and can be done anytime you would like. The love can always be kept alive between a couple if they have a happy memory to lean back on.

Do we need pre-wedding shoot? ›

A pre-wedding shoot ensures that you get to spend much more time with your photographer, which is crucial. It gives you additional time to become more comfortable with the photographer, get used to his/her style and you are no longer hesitant to pose with your partner or romance your partner.

Should you have a pre-wedding shoot? ›

It is really useful to have a pre-wedding shoot. It really helps you get used to the camera. Any experience is good because otherwise you might feel a bit tense on your wedding day. The pre-wedding shoot is sometimes compared to your make-up trial run.

Are pre-wedding shoots necessary? ›

People can choose to have pre-wedding shoots for various reasons, like if they genuinely enjoy taking stylised photographs, or if they feel like they have a story to tell through photos. They get genuine satisfaction and enjoyment from having a pre-wedding shoot and that's perfectly fine.

How long are pre wedding shoots? ›

What is the duration of the shoot? If your engagement session is included in your wedding package then it's usually up to one hour.

How long do pre wedding pictures take? ›

This would usually take about 15 minutes, or 20 minutes at the most. For brides and grooms with big families (maybe including grandparents, stepparents, and/or married siblings with children), the portrait session would usually take about 45 minutes.

Who pays for pre-wedding shoot? ›

Most pre-wedding shoot packages require you to pay for your photographer's time, their traveling costs, editing, shooting location costs, rent, props, makeup, and a lot more. So, make sure you communicate with them well in advance to avoid any surprises before your special day.

Can you retake wedding photos? ›

Retake Them

So, you can't exactly just throw another wedding, but you can re-create your wedding-day look for a second shoot. While it may not have the same sentiment attached and there are of course added expenses involved, it would give you another chance to try out a new photographer, style, beauty look, etc.

What do you do with wedding pictures after the wedding? ›

What You Can Do with Your Wedding Photos after the wedding is over?
  • Put Them in Frames. ...
  • Photo Albums. ...
  • Send Them in Your Thank You Cards. ...
  • Send Them as Your Holiday Cards. ...
  • Use Them as Gifts. ...
  • You Could Create Art with Them. ...
  • Share Them. ...
  • How About Using Them to Make A Cool Video Montage?

What is a day after session? ›

First of all, what the heck is a day-after session? It's a portrait session that happens the day after your wedding, usually in a different location than your wedding venue.

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