If you’re camera-shy, an engagement or pre-wedding photoshoot may seem like the last thing you’d want to do, but it could be the warm-up you need to truly shine on the big day. Here’s why you should think about having one…
1. It helps put you at ease
“I think engagement shoots are a fantastic idea for any couple getting married,” says Cameron Pagan of Hemera Visuals. “First of all, they are a great way to get you feeling relaxed in front of the camera ahead of the big day. I can understand why people are nervous about it but, after the shoot, when they’ve been put at ease, it helps them so much.”
2. It’s a good test-run for the wedding
“I find pre-wedding shoots hugely beneficial,” agrees Aberdeen photographer Zoe Rae Photography. “It allows you to have a trial run of how things will be on the day itself, to get to know your photographer beforehand and feel more comfortable having your photo taken. It’s useful for us too, as we get to learn and observe how the couple interacts and what poses they prefer in their imagery.”
3. You get nice couple pics that aren’t just grainy selfies
“The images make for wonderful, personalised save the dates,” suggests Cameron. Even if you don’t use them for that purpose, surely the prospect of having some bonus shots of you together from an exciting time in your lives that aren’t just blurry/blinking/ever-so-slightly inebriated holiday selfies might be enough to convince you?
4. It’s a fun way to get you excited for the real event
“Don’t squeeze it in at the last minute though,” cautions Zoe. “I’d suggest a month before the wedding at the latest. Bear in mind, though, that photographers are usually busy over the summer, so they may not be able to fit you in quite so easily then.”
5. You can have a framed memento from your favourite place
“If you have a particular place that means something to you, that can be a perfect location,” says Cameron. “Also, I also have a series of local and not-so-local options scouted out in advance so couples get to pick if they feel short on their own ideas,” he adds.
“Couples might choose where they met, or their first date location, and these can be really special,” says Zoe. “Think about the season too; a cosy, autumnal shoot can be breath-taking if you have a spring wedding planned, for instance, to add contrast to your photos.”
6. They don’t need to take long
Shoots typically take an hour, notes Zoe, and what you’re left with is around 10 shots in total – and hopefully a sense of calm ahead of the big day. “It’s nice to have a shoot where we can take our time,” Zoe says. “Weddings are often quite frantic, so I’d suggest making the most of the more chilled pace!”