Wedding photographers always encourage the couples to take up engagement photography (or sometimes called pre-wedding photo shoot) prior to their wedding day. As they believe that this photo session is greatly beneficial for the bride and groom in preparation for the big day.
Here are some of the important aspects of a pre wedding photography:
Get to know your photographer
Imagine how awkward it is, having a complete stranger walking around next to you during your entire wedding day. That is what most brides and grooms feel during the wedding towards their photographer. As wedding photographers, one of the top criteria is to have great communicational skills, and have the ability to instantly connect with whoever we are shooting, and make them feel comfortable being photographed. But more often than not, spending some extra time to get to know the bride and groom prior to the wedding would be beneficial. Having the engagement photography is a great chance for us to interact with you, get to know you up close and personal, and of course like-wise.
Be familiar in front of the camera
Some couples, as most ‘normal’ people, are shy in front of the camera. Even for those who aren’t shy, most of them are clueless in regards to posing, or even smiling for the camera. Pre wedding photographer gets to rehearse and experiment what it would feel like being photographed on the actual wedding day. They’ll pose, do something silly, run around, jump right and left, and do anything that comes to mind! They’ll definitely have a lot of fun, so much so that you won’t even remember being photographed!
See what works and what doesn’t
You’ll only be 100% sure of what you really want to look like in your wedding photographs until you see yourself in the photos. Photographers usually schedule the engagement photo-shoot 3-4 months before the wedding date, and this leaves plenty of time for them to get back to you with the results. You can then see what you look like in professional photographs, and see which ‘smile’ or poses work for you and your partner.
Don’t waste that trial makeup!
Often brides will have a trial run for their makeup and hair. Why waste the fab look? Coincide the booking dates with your pre wedding photography session and you’ll hit two birds with one stone!
Boost your confidence
Your pre wedding photos will greatly increase your confidence that you will look great on the wedding day. You’ll have confidence knowing that you have chosen the best wedding photographer and knowing that you will look fabulous in the photos!
An extra insurance
Sometimes the photo session during a wedding day gets cut short due to rain or bad weather or maybe due to the unexpected delay in the ceremony. By already having your engagement photography done, you can be rest assure that at least you already have some nice photos taken before you fly away to your honeymoon destination!
Photos you will love, forever
The harsh reality is that most people will look and be at their best shape in life on their wedding day. That is why wedding photography is often considered the most important photograph you’ll ever taken. So why not take some extra shots prior to the wedding, and that memory will be forever yours. Statistically, it is also found that more couples prefer to display a photo of them in casual clothing, rather than in their wedding outfit, on their homes.
Use it to announce your wedding
With social media being a major part of our daily lives now, wouldn’t it be great to announce to your family and friends that you are getting married with some nice romantic photographs of you and your partner? Engagement photos are definitely the way to brag about your upcoming big day!
Decorate the reception
It is now the trend to decorate your reception with some added photographs of you and your loved one. Romantic pre-wedding photographs of you and your partner spread around in the reception venue will definitely help set the mood to your lovely event. Guests will wonder around and witness the love you share with your partner through the photos.
Moments of reflection
During our photo session, if this is suitable for you, Photographer will take a few shots where both you and your partner share an intimate moment. Wedding Photographers encourage you to be open to one another about your feelings, and it is a great time to thank one another, and be grateful for having each other going through this wonderful moment in your life. And of course, Photographers will be hiding somewhere, taking candid shots of you.
Take a break!
Feeling the wedding jitters? All the pressure leading up to the wedding date surely can be exhausting. Why not take a break for a few days and get away from it all. An engagement photography session is a great excuse to escape to a different city (or even continent!), get away from it all, have a breather, and take some amazing photographs!
There you have it, excuses to take pre wedding photography prior to your wedding day. Don’t forget to have fun during the shoot, be yourself, and be happy!