Why a pre-wedding photo session is important
Most of my clients book my services – and mostly my second photographer too – to cover the full day of their wedding, starting with the bridal and groom’s preparations in the morning – right through until the dancing in the evening. During the day, you will meet an array of wedding suppliers who all do their bit to make your day special. The florist delivers the flowers, the hairdresser does their magic, the makeup artist makes you look stunning, then there is the celebrant, the wedding coordinator, venue staff, waiters, the band, the cake delivery whom you will most likely not see… and then there is the photographer. I think we really spend the most time with our clients on the actual wedding day – ranging from 9-12 hours photography coverage. So it is crucial that we have a good rapport, get on with each other, have good humour, are relaxed and professional, and we are always eager to help out on the day with whatever happens – a scarf is missing, where is auntie Betty gone, getting all those pine needles out of the wedding dress train, buttoning up the dress, my colleague has been seen helping with the button holes and especially helping wedding guests from abroad on how to put the kilt on the right way round… All these little things – we are there to help, and take photographs of course!
So where does the pre-wedding photo session come into play? This is just another opportunity to meet before the wedding day, have a cup of coffee together and see me in action, taking photographs, and calm the nerves of having your photo taken on the day. All of my clients said that it was absolutely amazing doing this pre-wedding session a few months before the wedding. They saw some amazing photos way before the wedding which will be theirs forever, and they learnt a lot about the do’s and don’ts of having your photograph taken.
We usually meet at a location which means something to the couple and we only spend about 15 minutes taking photographs and more like 45 minutes drinking coffee and having a delicious bit of cake, and chatting. So on the actual wedding day, the couple know what to expect, the nerves are gone, and the pictures are taken in no time so they can get back to the party.
Here are a few of Fiona’s and Ian’s pre-wedding photo session, and I will add their wedding photographs shortly