Do we even need a pre wedding shoot?
Are we those kinds of cheesy, lovey-dovey people? The answer is a big fat YES!
It doesn’t have to be cheesy or cringy. It doesn’t have to be you and your partner, smelling flowers and running around in the woods in slow motion. Your pre wedding shoot might as well look like the two of you are going to your favorite places and just having a good time. You can be your genuine selves without looking like you’ve suddenly landed in some fairy tale rom-com. Even though if you do want a fairytale-like pre wedding shoot done, we are game!
A pre wedding shoot sounds fancy, and many couples believe it is unnecessary and high-priced. But the truth is that a pre wedding photoshoot has several advantages that will benefit you. Here are some of the main advantages of getting a pre wedding shoot done.
It helps you and your photographer establish a rapport.
Let me be honest with you here, your wedding photographer will be spending a lot of time around you during your wedding. You need to make sure that you can deal with them around you during your wedding. A pre wedding photoshoot allows you to get to know your photographer while also allowing them to get to know you. Just like you get trials with your hair and makeup for your wedding, a pre wedding shoot is like a trial run with your wedding photographer.
There are so many wedding photographers in the market, but you need t make sure that your photographer actually cares about you and your wedding. You need to make sure you are not just another client or just another assignment. Your marriage needs to mean something to your photographer.
Your photographer also gets acquainted with you and your partner. We get to know your style and the angles that suit you. More importantly, when we go to pre-wedding shoots, we make sure we understand the couple’s story, how they met, whether it’s a love marriage or an arranged one, and spend some time just bonding with them. This helps in building a connection and reducing the awkwardness.
Pre wedding photoshoot reduces the awkwardness.
Camera awkwardness is a real thing, people. Striking a pose in front of the camera isn’t for everyone. Surprisingly facing a camera on your wedding day might make you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, and self-conscious, preventing you from thoroughly enjoying the festivities. However, because you will be working one-on-one with your photographer during your pre-wedding photoshoot, you will be able to overcome your camera fear with ease. This, in turn, helps you gain confidence and prepares you for the wedding day, when you may be confronted with so many cameras aimed at you.
Pre wedding photoshoots provide you with beautiful images for your wedding stationery.
It almost goes without saying that this one is a no-brainer. Imagine the beautiful Save the dates and wedding invites. How many weddings have you been to which the couple had professional photographs of themselves on display? How many invitations have you received that included a professional photo? The list of how photographs shot before the wedding are used may go on forever, but you get the idea. Instead of hiring a graphic designer to create all of your stationery, why not do it yourself? You can also get prints framed for your wedding reception and display them in the entry of your wedding, and later hang them on your gallery wall at home. As precious as your wedding photos are, your pre wedding photos will always hold a special place in your heart because it was just the two of you at that time.
Helps you celebrate your engagement
If you are looking to get a pre wedding shoot done, you probably just got engaged. It’s all roses and butterflies. La Vie en Rose, right? So shouldn’t you be absorbing this beautiful phase of your relationship? Stop worrying about everything for a day and spend some time with your boo and let us document these moments for you. We, as human beings, are always after the next big thing. The engagement, the wedding, the new house, the new car, the new city, or the new baby, this list never comes to an end. But at the end of the day, it is the simpler things in life that we actually remember.
It is the smell of hugging someone, the warmth of their touch, and the art of doing absolutely nothing with someone you love. Dedicate the day of your pre wedding shoot to your relationship and just enjoy this magical phase of life that you both are in right now. Be present at the moment, and let us immortalize it for you forever.
Get acquainted with the camera.
Being the flagbearer of camera consciousness, I can tell you that you are not alone. Everyone starts acting like a disgruntled pelican when placed in front of the camera. (Did I just make a Schitt’s creek reference? Yes, I did) I have written an entire blog post about how to pose for my fellow disgruntled pelicans. You can go and read it here:- How to pose for a pre wedding shoot
But let me assure you that it gets better. After five to ten awkward minutes, it gets better. You need to find your way around it. If you are actually reading the blog up until here, pro tip, hire me as your wedding photographer. I will make sure you laugh your camera consciousness away. I promise. Shameless plug aside, a pre wedding shoot is the best way to build a relationship with the camera. Try all sorts of angles and poses and test out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Put your hair and makeup to the test.
Hello bride-to-be! I know how important it is for you to look your absolute best on your wedding day. Imagine being able to put it to the test! Sometimes the hair and makeup look different on camera as compared to real life, so use your pre wedding shoot as an opportunity to test it out. Just like your wedding photographer, your hair and makeup artist will be working very closely with you throughout your wedding, so make sure you vibe with them and enjoy their work and their company equally.
Relive your memories at a particular location.
Plan your pre wedding shoot in a way to recreate the memories of your first date, meet at that same cafe that you went to together. Sit at the same corner table, order the same drinks, and capture those moments. These places must have been significant for your relationship, so as Coldplay recommended us to do, “Oh, let’s go back to the start.”
Now imagine that you and your partner are 70, old and wrinkly, the mehndi has long worn off, the roses and butterflies have reduced; now imagine; sitting together and going through the pictures of your pre wedding shoot. These pictures that your grandchildren are going to call vintage. Imagine being able to show your next generation the story of your love. Just go, get a pre wedding shoot done. Do it for this very feeling.
Spend quality time with your sweetheart and take a break from the planning.
After the engagement, usually, the wedding planning takes up a large chunk of your time. Most of your conversations with your closest people rotate around the planning of the wedding. “what will you be wearing for the wedding reception” “what should I wear my the pre wedding shoot?” “what should be the color of your mehndi outfits” ” which song should we dance to in the sangeet?” “who’s drunk uncle is going to get the drunkest?” You get the drift. I am kidding, you know what I am saying here is true, but I am joking. This is my suggestion to you to take some time off from the wedding planning and get a pre wedding shoot done. Spend some quality time together, go to your favorite places, eat your favorite dishes. Trust me, you won’t regret it twenty years down the line. It is going to be so worth it, so go ahead book your pre wedding shoot today!
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