Pre wedding photo sessions are a great chance for a couple to meet with their photographer, usually at their choice of venue, and have some portrait photos taken. This pre-wedding photo shoot is a fun introduction to build rapport with your chosen photographer prior to the big day. Your photographer can also see how relaxed you are, how affectionate you want to be, and work out the best angles to shoot you from to flatter you the best.
Seeing the results of the photo session helps to build confidence in your photographer, and lets you be sure that you will both look fantastic in the final wedding photos. It can be useful to have this photo session at the location of the wedding venue itself. This way you can explore the venue with your photographer, discuss different ideas and decide on final plans and images.
Pre wedding photo shoots are included in a lot of wedding photography packages, but some photographers expect an extra fee for any prints, and some may charge additional fees for a pre wedding session.
Why have pre wedding photos?
There are many reasons to have pre wedding photos, here are some of the more important ones:
- Assist your photographer
The pre-wedding shoot helps you work out which photos you like, so your photographer can focus on those on the wedding day.
- Stop camera nerves
Getting to know your photographer and being more relaxed on your wedding day will help the day run smoothly and give you a better final result.
- Create a guestbook
You can have a personalised signature guest book with the prints from your pre-wedding shoot.
- Have a make-up and hair trial
It is a good way to test your make-up and hair stylists before the actual wedding day.
- Have photos on your invitations and cards
You can choose your favourite images from the shoot to personalise your invites and wedding stationery.
- Get photos in a different location to your wedding day
You can have some images taken looking like yourselves rather than dressed up as a bride and groom, and taken in a casual setting such as the beach, a park or your home.
Overseas photo shoot
Many couples want to get married overseas – it may be a fantasy location or to relive a wonderful holiday experienced together in the past. Many photographers also offer Overseas pre wedding photo shoots so that even if not actually getting married there you can have some beautiful photos from your favourite destination.
These photo packages will generally include the time for the photoshoot, the photographer’s return airfare & accommodation, the return of raw images, a choice of images for editing and a mounted photo album containing your favourite shots.