While everyone normally has their wedding carefully recorded and often hires a professional to take care of the official pictures and even the wedding video, while also having friends take lots and lots of pictures so that they have a range of images by which to remember the day, some couples are choosing to hold what they call a pre wedding shoot.
The two types
There are technically, two types of pre wedding shoots. One often functions as the announcement of your engagement or pictures taken of the couple before their wedding date while the second type is when, due to time constraints or at the request of the couple, all official pictures are taken either the day before or in the week leading up to the wedding. These would involve the couple dressing up in their wedding clothes or the closest approximation of them and posing for some of the more formal portraits and even for some fun ones at a range of venues. A lot of the time, studios that offer wedding photography will either include a pre-wedding shoot in their package or will give you the option of having one.
As with all wedding photography it is up to you to make the decision of what you would like.
Prep for a shoot
If you have decided that you would like to have a pre-wedding shoot and that you will be using these images either as an announcement of your engagement or as a part of a gift or keepsake that you will give your guests as a thank you for coming to your wedding, then you may have some questions as to what the shoot will entail. Basically, it can be whatever you want it to be. You could go for formally shot photos either n studio or out or even choose to go with some fun pictures shot at some of your favourite locations for a better representation of the two of you as a couple.
Some couples, as mentioned above want formal wedding photos taken early. If you are superstitious about him seeing your dress before the wedding you could wither wear a white dress or a similar dress to your wedding gown. The idea is that this shoot will negate the need to pose for pictures on the day of the wedding, which can be tiring. It also ensures that you are guaranteed good weather and light for the day of the shoot – you can always reschedule if there’s rain!
Whatever option you choose, these images will be some of your favourites so enjoy the shoot, have fun and relax!