When couples are checking out wedding photographers, the chances are they’re focussing on the big day itself and the role the photographer will play in it. The pre wedding photo shoot can be overlooked, and many couples don’t even realise such a thing exists. Here is a short explanation of what a pre wedding photo shoot is and why you should consider one, along with a few tips to make the most of your shoot.

A pre wedding photo shoot is a chance for the couple to get together with their wedding photographer in the run up to the big day, usually at a venue of their choice, and to have some portrait photos taken. Many photographers include a pre wedding photo shoot in their package, but expect the couple to pay extra for any digital images and prints they want, and some charge an additional fee for a pre wedding shoot.

Here are three top tips on getting the most from your pre wedding photo shoot:

  1. Pre wedding shoots are usually booked for a weekday as wedding photographers’ time is at a premium at weekends. Try to take at least an afternoon off work so you aren’t rushed and stressed trying to pull the shoot in during your lunch break.
  2. Ask if you can have a disk of the images taken to use however you wish. The photos can then be used on your wedding invitations, your guest book, as a slide show at your reception, or as a large canvas print for your guests to sign.
  3. See if you can have your pre wedding shoot at your wedding venue so the pictures are thematically linked to your wedding and you can use the time to seek out perfect photo locations and get to know the venue.

    Tips to Make an Attractive Pre-wedding Photography

    1. Some questions for the couple
    A photographer should have a discuss with the couple before photo shooting. What they want, you can begin to ask about their favorite so that you might be able to get some unique pre wedding photo theme ideas. This Q & A session can be very meaningful input.

    2. Selecting theme and concept
    The selection of appropriate themes will support your work very much. You need to find a theme that create a strong impression and of course unique, for example, the love story of the couple when they met at first time.

    3. Time of photo session
    The timing of the shooting is also one of the most important thing to make a unique pre-wedding photos. It will be difficult to make a nice photo with a bad timing.

    Remember the golden hour for outdoor portrait photography. 6-9am in the morning and afternoon at 4pm till 1 hour before the sun goes down. This is to get a soft natural light.

    4. Location
    There are many photos looks beautiful due to its location. Although in reality that location is not so special, if the concept and location are supporting each other, then you can create a unique pre-wedding photo. It is better to choose a location adapted to the agreed concept, not just because that location looks beautiful. Don’t forget to adjust the costume.