"It was our first experience of having our photos taken professionally and Amy made us feel so comfortable."
Lauren & Martin
For some the thought of a pre-wedding shoot/engagement shoot makes them cringe and even just thinking about having their photo taken haunts them, why would they want extra photos taken etc.! But I'm going to tell you the main benefits of having one and why I love doing them!
1. For couples that hate having their photo taken
Over the years, I am yet to find a couple where at least one of them, if not both, hasn't not said to me 'I hate having my photo taken!' This is such a common feeling and so the thought of having to do extra photos on a pre-wedding shoot scares some. But this is actually one of the most important reasons to do the shoot. Everyone that has had a shoot with me, has then gone on to say how much they loved it and how it put them at ease for the wedding day. The idea of the shoot is to try and shake off any nerves you may have.
2. You know what to expect on your wedding day
Unless you've modelled or had a professional shoot before, chances are your wedding day will be the first time you've worked with a professional photographer. The last thing you want is to look uncomfortable or awkward in your wedding day photos, so by doing the pre-wedding shoot, you can relax, knowing exactly what to expect on the wedding day! It's almost like a 'practice run' before the day. You can get used to me with a camera in my hand, and the way I photograph.
On the actual day of your wedding we’ll more than likely be limited in the time we have together for photos of just the two you. By doing a shoot before the day, you're warmed up, relaxed and ready and know what to expect. Also meaning on the wedding day, we can just jump straight in to getting beautiful creative portraits quickly and you can get back to celebrating with your guests. I do find with couples who haven't had a shoot, we often spend longer taking couple portraits on the day as it takes them longer to warm up and they tend to be a bit more awkward in front of the camera.
3. I get to see what 'poses' work well for you
The pre-wedding shoot also gives me a great opportunity to see how you are in front of the camera, seeing how you interact with each other and to work out what poses work well! I keep everything quite relaxed and natural but give a little bit of direction when needed. This doesn’t mean cheesy grins and awkward poses, just natural & romantic photos of you both together, just being yourselves... basically capturing your love!
4. We get to know each other a little better!
On your wedding day, I want you to feel like a friend has turned up to capture your day, not just a stranger with a camera. For that reason, I always meet with couples before their wedding day anyway, but by doing the shoot we get a bit of extra time together. It's a great chance for us to get to know each other better and I always find this helps to get the best natural photos out of you. It will be relaxed, informal and fun!
What happens on the shoot?
I normally arrange the shoot to take place about 8 weeks before your wedding day. The shoot will last for around an hour. I try to keep it really relaxed. We can go to a location of your choice for the shoot (within a 30 mile radius of where I am based in Rugby - I am happy to travel further but extra travel costs apply for places further than this.) I've travelled all the way to Wales before. Some couples choose their wedding venue location or others opt for a favourite walk or country park, maybe even where they met. If you are stuck for location ideas, I can give you some recommendations - There are plenty of lovely places around.
After the shoot, you will receive all of the edited images from your shoot on your wedding USB. I also put them onto a password protected gallery to view before the wedding and you can download files from that. Some couples have used the photos for the wedding day - photos for the table plan, signing boards etc.
Hmmm... we're still not sure it's for us. Do we HAVE to have one?
No, not at all. While I really do recommend having one, it is an optional package extra.