Pre-wedding sessions, or engagement sessions are increasingly popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. Many photographers include them in some or all of their packages, or include a discount in an effort to encourage couples to book one prior to their wedding.
There is much to gain from participating in a pre-wedding session as a couple, even if there is an additional cost to do this. Chiefly it’s the opportunity to experience the working style of your photographer, to gain confidence both in yourselves if you happen to be a little camera shy (something the guys seem to suffer this more than the girls), and in the processes and techniques that your photographer will use and build on during your wedding day.
For those that are perhaps a little camera shy, or who don’t know what to do or who may find the session awkward, these are the reasons why you SHOULD have a pre-wedding session, rather than avoid it to save a bit of embarrassment. The truth is that going through the process will do wonders for your attitude towards photography so you can brush these worries and concerns under the rug on your wedding day. Yes you may feel a bit awkward at first, but your photographer is there to support you both and guide you with a gentle hand so that you get used to them, can appreciate what they are trying to achieve and feel more at ease during the process.
Pre-wedding sessions will usually take place somewhere that you both feel comfortable – perhaps a local park you go dog-walking or where you had a first date. From the off this is meant to put you both at ease, while you are guided through what to do, how to pose, and the style of photos you may be looking for: a traditional look where you both look at the camera, a more candid style where from an outside view, you’re just having a lovely time together, or something in-between the two. The outcome is often some lovely photos of the two of you in a beautiful setting and in a more natural situation and your own clothes. These images, you could argue, age even better than your wedding photos, as they could have been from any point in your relationship before or after getting married.
So you get to experience the photographer’s working process in a casual setting, you’ll be guided through the session and helped to pose if necessary, you get the chance to ask questions and appreciate the artistic mind or the photographer, and you get some amazing photos at the end of it. Even if there is an extra cost, for this significant advantage ahead of your wedding, surely it’s worth every penny.
If you'd like to discuss a pre-wedding session with me, whether you have booked a wedding collection that includes one or not, or even as a standalone session, please send me a message on the contact page.
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