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5 Great Reasons To Have a Pre-wedding Photoshoot

A pre wedding shoot, often referred to as an engagement shoot, is a short photoshoot with your wedding photographer that takes place in the weeks or months leading up to your wedding. The main aim of a pre-wedding shoot is to get you feeling relaxed  in front of the camera before your big day.

Here in more detail, are 5 great reasons to have a pre-wedding shoot…

1. Get to know your photographer

A pre-wedding shoot is a perfect opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer before the big day. You will have a better idea of how your photographer works which will help you to feel more relaxed for the main event.

The one hour shoot will ensure you feel comfortable in-front of the camera and will give you an idea of how it will be on the day.

Just as importantly, your photographer will get to know you both better as a couple. Knowing your personalities, what you enjoy and what is important to you will really help your photographer make your wedding photos more ‘you’.

2. Try out your hair and make-up

A pre-wedding shoot is a great way to “try out” your make-up artist and hair dresser before the big day. You’ll get to see how the hair and make-up looks on camera and know ahead of time if you want any adjustments made before the wedding!


3. Invites or Guestbook Photos 

The photos from your pre-wedding shoot can be a perfect way to give your wedding stationary a nice personal touch. You can use the photos on your wedding invitations, ‘save the date’ cards or as a front cover for your guestbook.

4. Special Location or Interests

A pre-wedding shoot can be a great opportunity to have photos together in a location that is special to you both.

Perhaps you got engaged at the beach and would like some lovely natural photos there or maybe you would like a shoot in the very spot you first met. Your photographer will be very interested to hear any location ideas you might have and create a plan with you.

The shoot can also be a nice way of encapsulating your hobbies and interests at the time. Whether that’s camping, music, reading, partying or walking the dog (yes, pets a very welcome!) a pre-wedding shoot is a great chance to get creative.


5. It’s fun!

If nothing else, a pre-wedding shoot is a lovely way to spend a bit of time with your other half, cuddling, laughing, being goof balls and getting some nice photos for the wall!

I know a lot of couples would rather be anywhere else than in front of the lens for a photoshoot. However, all couples tell me at the end of their pre-wedding photoshoot that they’ve had fun and enjoyed themselves. Boom!



Hopefully I’ve managed to persuade you that an engagement shoot is actually a great idea! If you would like to book a fun, laid-back couple shoot or add a pre-wedding shoot to your existing wedding package do get in touch here.

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