Pre-wedding nerves? Settle them with a pre-wedding photo-shoot, says Jen Faull
Above: Loraine Ross Photography, www.loraineross.co.uk
As well as the chance to practise your smile, it gives you and the photographer the opportunity to scope out the venue together and figure out what shots could work best on the day. Lisa Clelland of Rich Pictures (richpictures.co.uk) sums up exactly what a couple will get out of a pre-wedding shoot: “The benefits include discovering locations for pictures, seeing an end product of a casual image they like and getting a beautiful frame for signing too!”
Above: Sam Brill Photography, www.sambrill.co.uk
The question most frequently asked by brides-to-be is – what do you wear? This will largely depend on where your venue is, but as a general rule avoid his-and-hers bright white blouses. “Not only will you look like the Wham! appreciation society,” says Gareth Owen of GO4 Photography (go4photography.co.uk), “but the camera hates it too. Just dress sensibly – walking around a reservoir in a pair of Jimmy Choos, for example, is not a good idea.”
Often, a pre-wedding shoot is built into the photography package. But if you don’t have one set up, “the typical price would vary from £100 to £250 depending on the photographer,” says Gareth Owen.
With all the other expenses a wedding incurs, it’s important to remember that, in most cases, the photoshoot is complimentary, so don’t feel you have to buy lots of prints. And, in the worst-case scenario, if you hate the photos, be honest with the photographer – at least they’ll know what to change when it comes to the day that really matters.
Above: MM Photography, www.mmphotographyscotland.com