Pre-wedding photography is now commonly done by brides and grooms who would like to include their pictures in invitations, wedding souvenirs and audio-visual presentations during their wedding receptions. Having these photos add more excitement and “spunk” in a couple’s wedding ceremony since their guests are able to see the lives and personalities of the couple through these pictures.
As such, couples from all over the world come up with their own ideas and themes for their pre-wedding photo shoot. In this manner, if you are a wedding photographer who is asked to take pre-wedding photos of the couple whose wedding you are asked to cover, here are some considerations which you should take to produce the best photographs:
First of all, pre-wedding photography is different from the actual wedding photography. In the actual wedding ceremony, you cannot retake wedding photos therefore making it more challenging to do. However, you should not be so lax during pre-wedding photo shoots just because you can retake pictures if they do not satisfy you. Asking the couple to pose and re-pose repetitively can be quite irritating for them, which is why you should take the best shot during your first shot.
Second, as a wedding photographer, you must take the extra time to conceptualize with the couple. During your joint conceptualization, you should discuss with each other the specific theme and details on how they would like their pre-wedding photos to appear. You can discuss with them the specific colour theme and attires they would like to have in their photos. In this manner, you will be able to grasp how many sets of photos you will have to take for each attire that a couple will change into.
Third, the venue of the wedding photo shoot is very important. Some couples who will be having their wedding ceremony in churches would like to have some of their photos with the church as their background. On the other hand, some couple who will be having their wedding ceremony in a farther location, may opt to have their pre-wedding photo shoot somewhere nearer. You must discuss with them the venue of their actual wedding ceremony and where they would like to have their pre-wedding photo shoot. In doing this, you can ensure that both of these sets of pictures will coincide with each other when collated in the couple’s wedding album. You should decide with the couple, at least a week before the pre-wedding photography shoot, on the final location or locations where you will take their photos.
Fourth, a wedding photo shoot must be done at least a month before the actual ceremony. In doing this, you will have ample time to collate and edit the pictures just in time for their wedding. You can also give these photos to the couple so they can use these pictures for their wedding souvenirs, or other wedding materials.
Of course, as a last point, you should ensure the technical needs for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Specifically, these are the equipment and materials that you will be needing, such as different camera lenses, additional batteries and memory cards, and a laptop. In doing this, you can guarantee that you will not have to limit taking pictures due to the space available in your camera’s memory.
In considering these simple yet essential considerations, you can ensure that you will be able to take the best photos of a couple which they can use for their actual wedding ceremony.