~ From behind the lens ~
Why include a photo session before your wedding?
Why bother with engagement photos? This is a great question with a raft of answers! Whilst, I’m sure you would initially feel apprehensive about the thought of standing in front of a camera, I’m hoping after digesting my bite-sized blog, you’ll be able to take a different view. The following was put together to aid the decision-making process and determine whether it is actually right for you, remembering it may not be right for everyone.
The number one reason for pre-wedding or engagement photos would be to meet your photographer and get to know one another. Advancements in tech have resulted in hybrid working being the new norm and video calls playing a major part in work life. However, whilst most conversations now take place in the palm of your hand, there is no substitute for meeting face to face. The opportunity to chat, learn common grounds, build a level of trust, and really just get to know one another are invaluable to help make the whole photography experience just feel natural and comfortable.
The second on my list would be to have some time in front of the camera. The logic is, firstly remove any worries about awkwardness, allowing you to relax and be yourself. And once you’ve broken the ice and the natural you start to shine, it’s also great practice for your wedding, it is just one less thing to worry about.
Whilst it’s great practice and hopefully good fun, it should also help take some of the stress away during your wedding day. It’s one less thing to worry about as that’s all about you both and not a portfolio of images. The captured images should complement, tell your story and remind you both of your wonderful day with friends and family.
A pre-wedding / engagement photo shoot is an excellent opportunity to have portraits produced in an area that’s special to you. These images want to mean something, and creating them somewhere special just adds more value to the collection.
Your wedding is all about celebrating your big day with family and friends and a small collection of images could always be used on the invitations.
I hope that has given you something to think about when considering pre-wedding or engagement photos. My final thoughts on this topic are most of all just have some fun and why not.
This lovely summer set of images was captured at one of my favourite locations within the Chilterns, Coombe Hill. For more information about the area please check out the National Trust website here.