“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date . . . .”
Should you have a pre-Wedding shoot? I would say definitely.
The benefits of meeting up with your photographer in a live shoot situation will be seen on the day of the wedding.
You will have chosen your photographer based on a brief conversation and a review of their work and to match your budget. Naturally, you would expect your photographer to have a positive demeanour, be smiling, co-operative, smart, charming and flexible. You obviously like their photographic style, but can they charm your favourite aunties. A good photographer should have made discreet enquiries as the the dynamics of the family relationships and tailor their approach according. Increasingly, couples who have dogs love to include them in the pre-Wedding Shoot, so much so that it becomes more about dog than the couple.
I am often asked as to what they should wear on their Pre-Wedding Shoot and I suggest that they should compliment their environment rather than compete. Most of mine take place at a nearby beach or park, often somewhere that means something significant to the soon to be bride and groom. The weather conditions will also play a part. I have not yet been asked to arrange a fashion shoot, but that may differ in other parts of the UK and abroad.
If the pre-Wedding shoot takes place in sufficient time before the Wedding, then some couples like the resulting images put into a photobook which can be used at the wedding as a “signing book’ for guests to sign and add their comments. This can be especially useful if you are getting married abroad.
Many brides to be dislike the idea of posing, this can be a challenge for them, however it is at the pre-wedding shoot where they get the change to try out a few techniques which ultimately they will employ on the actual day, even if it is subconsciously.
The only negatives would be that it may take an hour or so out of your time, but it is also an excuse for a nice walk and some fresh air.
I would say go for it !.