A pre-wedding shoot isn’t the same thing as bridal prep. A pre-wedding shoot happens way before the big day (usually a few months before the wedding day). It can be at your venue or at another location. So why book a pre-wedding shoot? Here are 5 great reasons you might want to.
1 – Build a connection with your photographer
The best people and portrait photography happens when a skilled photographer knows his or her subject. Building a rapport is the most important skill of all when it comes to photographing people (we think we do that incredibly well at Bridal Light – we love weddings, we love people and we love our craft). Ultimately, a pre-wedding shoot gives your photographer the chance to get to know you and your personality.
2 – Discover your best angles
If you’ve never been photographed by a professional photographer before, a pre-wedding photo shoot is a great idea. It will help you to discover your favourite angles, which means you can inform your photographer about the kind of shots you want on your big day.
3 – Relaxed photos with genuine smiles
The most important aspect of the pre-wedding shoot is avoiding the ‘pose.’ This is an opportunity for you to see how your photographer can work in an unobtrusive way and get the fun and spontaneous shots you hope he or she will also be able to capture on your wedding day.
The pre-wedding shoot is also a great opportunity for those who are a little bit camera-shy to get used to being the centre of attention. Even if you feel confident, how you come across on camera isn’t necessarily how you’d like to be captured. The pre-wedding shoot gives you the chance to experiment in a totally relaxed way.
4 – Images for your invitations and wedding stationery
You can use your pre-wedding shots on your wedding invitations, on place cards, on wedding favours, and in your guest book. It will add a lovely touch to the décor on your big day.
5 – Get the low-down on your venue
Last, but by no means least, in the list of reasons you should definitely book a pre-wedding shoot is to explore your wedding venue. It’s an opportunity to find all the best places to get perfect pictures on your special day. You can also make a contingency plan if the good old British weather doesn’t go your way.