Pre-Wedding & Engagement Shoots | King’s Lynn Wedding Photography
1. Why a Pre-Wedding Shoot?
Why not? Seriously! This is such a beautiful time of your relationship – in love, planning a beautiful day, a celebration and all about the two of you. When you look back at the photographs, you will be able to see and feel the emotion that you felt on that day and at that time of your relationship, see the love in your smiles, maybe a hint of shyness about having your photograph taken, how carefree it felt, how close and all those other fabulous emotions and moments you shared at this time. Amazing to look back at in years to come, to share with children, to put up on your walls or just because.
That’s all the emotive reason’s I would give to have a pre-wedding shoot but of course there are some practical reason’s too. Maybe you are a little camera shy, maybe you feel a little nervous about what having photographs will be like as a couple on the day, maybe you think you don’t take good photographs or maybe you would just like to know what it will be like so it is one less thing to worry about. There are all of these reason’s too, it means you get to know your photographer a little better and the bonus is having some great photographs of the two of you as well.
2. What will happen at our pre-wedding shoot?
I like a pre-wedding shoot to be not just about taking pictures but also getting to know you, your characters, your relationship and chatting along the way. Please don’t feel nervous about it – I’m not going to bring my camera up on first greeting you and ask you to look cheesily at me – We will chat and I will talk through what we will do, we can talk about idea’s, what type of pictures you love about yourself and take a walk to a little hidden corner where there are not too many people about and gradually relax into the photographs. I will find nice light, a nice spot and offer gentle direction – just little things like looking at each other or rest on his shoulder and then ask you things about you, like how you met and what are looking forward to on the wedding day. Its all very natural and as you chat to each other or tell me a bit more about your day, I will take pictures of those natural responses to each other.
The sessions take anything from 30 minutes through to 90 minutes. It will all depend on if we are using one space where we can park close to, if it is over coffee and cake, if we take a walk. The average sessions take roughly 45 – 60 minutes.
3. Where can we have our pre-wedding shoot?
It is completely up to you. think about where you like to go, what you like to do and how you like to spend your time. Somewhere you met, somewhere you went on a first date, somewhere you walk every weekend. I have photographed couples where they had their first kiss while at University, where they walk their dog every weekend, at a vintage railway station, a vintage picnic, a 1940’s tea room – I honestly don’t mind, the more personal to you the better. Sometimes couples will just say they love the beach or the forest but need ideas where nice spots are, I have lots of ideas and knowledge of local areas too. Some local suggestions could be – The beach huts and beach in the early evening golden light, romantic long grass and wild flowers in a field near the forest, by a riverbank surrounded by big beautiful skies, glistening water and fields, a vintage and quirky tea shop for tea and cake, a beautifully restored 1940’s vintage railway station, bringing the inside out in a blossom filled orchard … honestly the options are endless.
4. What should we wear and do we need to do any styling?
This is probably the most asked question I get! Photographically, of course I love it if you want to dress from a certain era or bring along some styling but essentially the photography is about your relationship and the moment. This for everybody is different and I am completely open to ideas or able to offer ideas too. It could be a full on certain era with props and dress, or sometimes a contrast is nice, for example a dress and suit in bare feet on the beach, bringing a nice picnic, bunches of balloons or in honesty just the two of you looking nice. Think about the colour wheel, colours that contrast or sit next to each other is the best option. Sometimes couples think in advance to their save the date cards and will bring dated bunting or a little sign so that they can use their images for their invites or save the date cards.
5. Can anybody else come along too?
For your complimentary pre-wedding shoot, this really is just about the two of you, unless of course if you have children or a pet and then they are most certainly welcome. It is wonderful to include your children in these images so that they get to be part of that special build up to your wedding day. Alternatively, it may be that you spend a lot of time walking together with your dog, then of course you are more than welcome to bring them along too (I love dogs!). However it isn’t a session to bring your wider family for photographs as there honestly would not be time and for me, this session is about the two of you. I am completely open to the idea of bringing a family member to be with your children so that half the session could be about yourselves as a family and then also as a couple.
6. What happens after the Session?
After your session, I will go away and edit the final best ones. As I am looking to document natural responses, there are always times I have captured you talking, blinking, an awkward movement or something as simple as the sun moved out from behind the cloud before I changed my camera settings – therefore I will use my artistic licence to select your final images, which is usually between 50 – 75 Images and edit them in my signature style and I will upload a password protected gallery in the client area of my website. My new 2014 Weddings include either a Signing Board, a Signing Folio or a Guest Book using your images from the pre-wedding session. You are able to choose which you would like for your wedding and also the favourite image to go in to the Board or Folio. For the guestbook, I will choose a selection for you. In addition, I bring to the wedding 50 password cards. On one side there is an image from your pre-wedding shoot and on the other side is the details of your online wedding gallery, including date it is available from and password for your wedding guests. These can be either be placed on your gift table or on the wedding breakfast tables. In addition, I offer framing, prints, albums and 50 % off my USB price for my wedding couples who would like to purchase the digital files.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all, hearing about how you met, how you got engaged, your wedding day plans and about you as people. Here is to a summer of pre-wedding shoots. Jo xx