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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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