Congratulations! Your partner has popped the question and now you’re well into planning your big day! You may already have the wedding cake organised, as well as the venue, the dress and everything else that comes with planning a wedding. With so much going on, it’s easy to overlook this unique time in your lives and this is the reason why we think an engagement shoot is the perfect way to capture this special time. Not only will it give you time out of the hustle and bustle of planning your wedding, allowing you to sit back and think about the journey you’re both about to embark on together but you’ll also be able to capture a time thats filled with love, happiness and excitement.
1. It’s a bit of fun before your big day
It is so easy to get stressed out on the run up to your big day so having a pre wedding photo shoot will allow you to let your hair down and have a bit of fun without getting bogged down in all the minute details that comes with planning a wedding. It’ll give you a much needed breather and you can just enjoy these moments with your fiance as it’ll be a time that you will look back on with great fondness.
2. It’s often discounted if you purchase it as a package
When booking your wedding photographer, make sure you ask whether they have a package that includes an engagement photo shoot. After all, you could get it at a discounted rate by purchasing it as a package.
3. It gives you a chance to get comfortable with your chosen photographer
This is a really good opportunity to get to know your photographer on a more personal level so that when it comes to them photographing your big day, you’ll have a sense of familiarity. This will instantly make you feel more comfortable and will help you to relax in front of the camera. You’ll also get a feel for the photographers style and you can also discover what you like and don’t like. This quality time before the wedding will also give you a chance to talk through any ideas you might have with your chosen wedding photographer.
4. Your photographer will be able to get to know you
Photographing you prior to your big day will allow the photographer to get to know you as a couple. They’ll be able to see how you both interact with each other and how much direction you both need. They’ll be able to see your personalities shine through and will get to know your personal love story. This might be something they’ll incorporate into the photography on your big day so give them as much detail as you possibly can.
5. You’ll know what it’s like to get photographed
Whether your’e an extrovert who loves the camera or someone who is camera shy, getting to view a selection of professional photos prior to your big day will fill you with confidence. You might prefer your face to be at a certain angle as opposed to straight on and so you’ll know what to do on your wedding day to capture those perfect photos. You might also discover preferred expressions and editing styles that you can incorporate into the photography on your big day.
6. You can choose a stunning venue for your backdrop
Just imagine being photographed during the height of summer on a boardwalk surrounded by swaying trees and glistening water. The sun will be setting soon and the lighting is perfect and best of all, it’s completely free to use! The reality is, most people don’t actually return to the place they get married. There are many reasons for this, sometimes you have to arrange a visit by appointment only, other venues are only staffed when there’s a wedding under way so it’s hard to visit when you want to. The great thing about a pre wedding photo shoot is that it’s usually in a public park and is a place you can return to on your wedding anniversary. You can make that your sacred place that you can revisit regularly to reminise on that special day.
7. The photos can actually be used as part of your wedding
You can incorporate the photos obtained from your pre wedding shoot in your wedding guestbook which your guests will absolutely love! Instead of them just signing your guestbook, they will be in awe at all the beautiful photographs you took on the run up to your big day. If you’re really imaginative, you can tell a story through each of the pages with props that you take to the engagement shoot. You can also incorporate these photos in your save the date cards, wedding programs and your thank you cards, to name a few more.
Here at Fund Your Wedding, we think there are loads of benefits to having a pre wedding photo shoot. Not only will you create beautiful photos, build confidence on the run up to your big day, have a guestbook your guests will love and get to know what you like and don’t like, you’ll also capture a very special time in your lives that’s filled with excitement for the future.
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