Why you should have a pre wedding shoot

June 18, 2013  •  2 Comments

Time to practice the "to have and to hold"

 

Pre wedding shoots, what is all the fuss?

Pre wedding shoots seem to have become the norm with many of us photographers over the last few years. Offering the chance to get the couple in front of our camera before their big day might have started out as an incentive to have customers book us over our competition, but many of us have realised the value of this precious time before the wedding day.

 

pre wedding shoot with Emma and Toby Mowatt in Reading, Berkshire by Salisbury, WIltshire wedding photographer Barbara Leatham

Putting a couple at ease is worth the time spent with them, but I also use the time to explore the style of the shoot for the wedding day, to find out more about the couple and how they are together, and to give them an idea what their wedding day will be like; filled with fun, moments of "lets go and do this quickly it'll be amazing" and showing them that they are allowed to hold hands. Although I get excited about what I do, and I may ask them to push their boundaries, really all I am there to do is get the best out of them so their wedding photos are the most amazing I can create for them.

 

Pre wedding shoot of Sally and Mark Peacock (PKO) in Kings Heath, Birmingham by Wiltshire wedding photographer Barbara Leatham

It's a my way of earning trust with them. It gives them a little time together to talk about how fantastic their day is going to be and how much they are looking forward to all the different bits. But mostly it's a chance for me to learn more about them, and for them to learn about me and how I work.

 

Pre wedding shoot with Nikki and Ashley MacDonald in Suffolk by Salisbury wedding photographer, Barbara Leatham

I use the images for little cards that I leave for family and friends on the wedding day; on one side there's the details of the online gallery where the wedding images will be posted once the couple have seen them, and on the other side is one of a selection of images from the pre wedding shoot that fit just perfectly into a wallet or purse.

 

Pre wedding shoot of Jayne and Mark at Kings Heath in Birmingham by Wiltshire and Salisbury based wedding photographer Barbara Leatham

But I have also had couples use an image on a signing board, or on their invitations, sometimes just as a framed image on their wedding day to decorate their reception.

 

Sara and Dan

If you are getting married and you haven't decided on your photographer yet you can take a look at my Wedding Gallery, or you can find out more information on my Wedding Page

 

Pre wedding shoot of Hannah and Mark in West Woods near Marlborough by Barbara Leatham Photography, a Wiltshire wedding photographer

 

And if you haven't seen my blog on one of the the weddings I did last year, these links will give you a really good idea of my work, and the kind of images that would be taken on your wedding day

Wedding blog Part One  Part two and Part Three 

 

 


Comments

2.Jane(non-registered)
A valuable insight into the importance of the pre wedding shoot and how it impacts on the photography on the big day, it's great that your couples feel so comfortable with you beforehand that on the day they know they are in exceptionally safe hands.
1.Joannw(non-registered)
The variety in these shoots is great. Just goes to show how every experience can be different and personal.
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