I thought I would post about something that I think is a very important aspect of your wedding photography, your relationship as a bride and groom with your wedding photographer and vice versa important for myself as your wedding photographer.
From my point of view, it allows me to see how you might react to being in front of the camera, maybe you have some insecurities about yourself in print and maybe you just feel a little bit uncomfortable, you want to look natural, with relaxed shoulders, natural smiles etc. I see it as part of my job to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of my lens and what's more that you will love the end results. When I married my husband we weren't offered a pre wedding shoot and it is my only regret, because I was quite nervous being on the other side of the lens and it does show in our wedding photos, if I knew all the wonderful photographers that I do now, we would have made different choices about who would be the right wedding photographer for us and I can guarantee that we would have chosen someone completely different to the photographer that we actually had. But back then I was new to wedding photography and I didn't know any better. I didn't even consider that a pre wedding shoot may have been offered and I certainly didn't ask for one!
From the perspective of the bride and groom, I believe it is important to have some sort of direction and to also have an idea how your photographer likes to work. Maybe they give minimal direction and allow you to just be yourselves, maybe they will ask you to stand in a certain way or a certain pose - but however your photographer works, you need to be reassured that it helps you to feel relaxed in front of their lens. The two main reasons for selecting your chosen photographer are that you a) love their work b) like them as a person and feel comfortable around them so meeting them before hand is a great way to build a good working relationship. By the time your wedding day comes around you will be more than happy to know that your photographer is working in a certain way and interacting with you in a way that allows you to be natural and relaxed on your wedding day.
Location choices for the pre shoot can be anywhere that is a place you love to be, or it can be tied in with a visit to your wedding venue. If I have not photographed at your venue before I would always recommend that we meet there first, even if we go somewhere else to actually do the pre shoot, meeting at the venue gives us a chance to discuss photo opportunities on the day, contingencies for bad weather and also any specific locations that you would like to incorporate into your photoshoot.
Most of all a pre shoot should be relaxed and fun,not everyone will want to lie down on the grass for a giggle, but then it is your chance to show your personalities. I always include a pre wedding shoot with my wedding photography packages, because I see it as an integral part of the service I offer. There is no additional charge for this, it is included in the quotation I give you and you will receive 20 images or more on disc with a licence to print them (just like your wedding images).
All of these brides and grooms were a little bit nervous about their pre shoots, but by the time we had finished they felt it had been a very worthwhile experience. The shoot will normally take place about 8 weeks-4 weeks before your wedidng day so we can use the time to also go over any final details and timings of your day, but it also gives me time to get the images back to you before the big day.
I am taking bookings for 2013, limited dates are available June-October so please do get in touch sooner rather than later to check availability for your wedding date. Unfortunately I am unable to take any further bookings for 2012.
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