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So let’s talk pre wedding photoshoots, having your photo taken for some people can be absolutely petrifying I understand I’m not a fan of having my photo taken I think I look odd in photos I don’t but I think I do.
Let’s be honest having your photo taken is a bit weird standing there in front of a guy or a girl you hardly know when you suddenly forget how to stand like a person or how to smile without looking like a nutcase or how to put your hands in your pockets, trust me we have all been there.
I fully understand that having your photo taken can be stressful for some people, some people not, some people love it most of my customers say we’re not “photo people” we don’t like having her pictures taken.
However then if you look at their social media accounts they are full of selfies so they don’t mind having their photos taken it’s just the experience they have had have not been a good one. So what I like to do is make that experience fun.
I like to make every photo experience be that your wedding day or a pre wedding shoot fun because when you’re relaxed and having fun you are your true self and this is reflected in the photos I take.
So these hour-long shoots are shot on location using some of the beautiful backdrops Wales has to offer. We’ve been to beaches, we’ve been to parks I’ve been up the side of a mountain, you get an hour with me there’s no worry about timings, there’s no worry about the wedding day.
You’ll have a laugh I guarantee it, I’m a funny guy or so my kids tell me, you’ll get comfortable in front of the camera so by the end of the shoot you’ll forget there’s a camera even there.
Trust me I love to have a laugh, I know how to make people feel less uncomfortable. I pride myself on making people feel comfortable it’s one of the things that all my customers comment on.
I can walk into any room and only know the bride and within 10 minutes I’m friends with everyone and everyone is comfortable with me being there, it’s part of my job to make you feel comfortable after a few clicks of the camera some bad jokes you’ll be relaxed and having fun. Which of course is what it’s all about.
Ok, so I get this question quite a few times when people are planning a pre wedding shoots what do we wear. Well, the first thing I would say is to wear something that you feel comfortable in. If you don’t normally wear a dress then don’t wear a dress.
If you feel more comfortable in jeans and a top then wear jeans and a top. The more comfortable you feel the more comfortable you’ll be having your photo taken.
What I would say is dress for your location if you’re going to a beach on a sunny day don’t wear a bobble hat that being said if you’re on a beach and a cold winter’s morning a nice coat will work but wear layers don’t wear a big bubble jacket that will make you look 10 times bigger than you actually are.
Also, try and wear clothing the compliments each other if you’re dressing really smart and your partner is dressing really casual it looks a bit odd in photos you look like you’ve just been thrown together and not an actual couple.
That being said if you like dressing really smart that’s fine but if you’re going to somewhere like a woodland retreat like Wentwood forest then you may look a bit out of place in a suit. The best advice is dress how you normally dress you will be comfortable, you will be relaxed you will be yourself.
So another question I get asked is can we bring our dog or can we bring our kids. Yes you can bring your dog you can bring your kids I’m fine with that it’s always nice for you to have photos with your family furry or otherwise.
However, the shoot is for you to get comfortable with me before your wedding so what I would ask is if you are going to bring your dog or your kids bring somebody with you who can look after them.
If your kids are running around when you’re trying to have your photos taken as a dad I know this can be very distracting you want to keep a lookout for your kids all the time and you won’t really be paying attention to your shoot.
Ask a family member or a friend to pop along with you. We can take the kids/dog photos first and then they can have some running around whilst you have your photos taken.
As you can see from the small selection of images on this blog post, pre wedding photoshoots can take place anywhere. The time of year sometimes dictates where the shoot would work best but this is by no means set in stone. Cold winter mornings on a beach can look stunning for example.
If you choose a woodland or park for your shoot autumn or spring would be perfect, the rich vibrant colours of fallen leaves or the fields of colour created by spring flowers can look amazing. People worry about the weather during a shoot and pray for s sunny day however a grey misty day can be a dramatic backdrop and really at to the final photos.
The real benefit of having pre wedding photoshoots is that on your wedding day one you’ll be more comfortable with me taking your photos, which in turn means your photos will be 10 times better because you’ll be relaxed and the real you.
You would be surprised how many times I ask people to, for example, sit on a step and it as if they’ve forgotten how to be a human being. They get uncomfortable they’re not sure where to put their hands they don’t know where to look they don’t know what to do. So the pre-wedding shoot means you’ve done all this before you know what to do when I asked you to sit on a step you just sit on a step.
Remember the best photos are the ones where you’re relaxed, the ones where you are being yourself and trust me it only takes a short time in front of the camera for you to get comfortable, most of the time you will be paying more attention to your other half to even notice the camera and me are even there.
So how do you book pre wedding photoshoots well they are complementary with either of my wedding album packages.
If you decide you don’t want an album but you think you will benefit from having some practice before your wedding day you can add a pre wedding shoot to my digital package also.
You will get the hour with me all the photos that we shoot on edited on a USB to use how you wish I also offer either 10 prints from the day or a personalised guest book made up of photos from the shoot ready for your wedding day