Have you ever thought about the sense of a Pre-Wedding or Engagement Shooting? You might wonder why couples do it, but we can only recommend such a photography session, as it will definitely add to your photography experience. Especially if you think you or your partner are more camera-shy, you might appreciate a shooting like this before your actual wedding day comes up.
In general, a Pre-Wedding Shooting is a great way to capture some beautiful portrait photos of you and your partner, experiencing already the way how we/your photographer work and getting to know each other better. This will give you a chance, to relax even more on your actual wedding day and you will certainly know if we/your photographer is the right person to cover as well your wedding. In the Asian culture it is very popular to do a Pre-Wedding shooting with wedding gowns and often more than one, but it doesn’t has to be so formal. Even just with a nice dress-up or more casual outfit, it’s great to do such a shooting. And the best part is, you can select your favourite location/s! You might be not able to include those during your wedding day, so it’s great to have them covered with a Pre-Wedding/Engagement Session.
A good way to do such a photography session, would be, when you actually do your hair and make up trial (which you should do before your wedding, so you know what to expect of your HMUA or what you need to change), because then you are already styled with make up and hair; you just need to add your favourite outfit. In general we would recommend a one or two-hour session, which will give you enough time to visit a few different locations nearby, but it’s not going to be too long. You can select as well a longer time, if you like to travel to a place further away or want to cover different backgrounds (e.g. cityscape, beach, countryside, etc.), it’s totally up to you. We tend to organise it then more like a day trip to your favourite locations, adding some fun and in-between we take lots of photos.
What are you going to do with all these photos afterwards? There is pretty much no end of use for them. It’s all up to your imagination on how to involve the photos. Some ideas are as followed: using them for invitation cards; creating with us a 1-Page Invitation Website (with RSVP), if you like to safe paper (and money) for invites; create a slideshow for your wedding day reception; print an album with your photos, which you can use as guest book; create personalised bonbonniere; print framed photos for your decoration at the reception and so on….. So don’t you think capturing some professional photos before your wedding wouldn’t add to your experience in your life? They are not going to be just some snapshots or selfies, of which we all have so many; the difference of a professional photo will be easy to see. We actually don’t appreciate such photos anymore nowadays; not like in the past, when digital cameras and phones were not common and in everyones hands.
Following you will find two galleries, one with casual engagement photos, taken here in Melbourne and overseas in Italy, the second will be the story of Akii & Jason, a couple we photographed in December 2015. They had an 8-hour Pre-Wedding Shooting with us in Melbourne’s CBD and Brighton Beach, followed by capturing their Australian Wedding Ceremony. They gave us some spots they wanted to include in their photo session and we created then a timeline of how to put those together.
We started with the University of Melbourne, which provides a lot of old buildings in british style as background, giving you a bit of a feeling of being in England. From there we continued to Queen Victoria Market, which was empty, being a Wednesday when we did the shooting and took the Tram from there to the Parliament and the Garden next to it. From there we walked to Hosier Lane, to include a couple of photos with this famous Graffiti Lane, before we used Federation Square and the Art Centre for our backgrounds.
After this long trip through the city, we drove down to Brighton Beach, where we enjoyed the rest of the remaining time with a beautiful sunset. The couple changed here as well the outfit, with a different wedding gown and suit. It was a long day with a lot of walking, but Akii and Jason were so much fun to have around us, that time was just flying by.
Two weeks later we captured their wedding celebration here in Melbourne, starting with the preparation and bridal games, followed by tea ceremonies at either parents houses and a trip to the Dandenongs, where the ceremony and reception was held at Tatra Receptions Venue. We had a chance to capture some more portraits at the actual wedding day with the two, rounding up the huge variety of portrait photos we have of them. The day was yet again a long day with a lot going on, but having such an easy going couple helps a lot. We really enjoyed our time with them.
The photos of the Pre-Wedding Shooting were used to print as huge banners, which they did setup at their wedding celebration in Wuhan, China, which they had around two weeks after their Australian wedding. The photos are a mixture of the wedding day and a selection of the Pre-Wedding Shooting.
Please contact us, if you have questions or you want to make it your experience!