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Why you should invest in a pre-wedding photo shoot

Have you ever wondered why couples choose to have a photography session before the wedding?

Well, sometimes it is to build confidence in a camera-shy client, and other times it is so they can utilise the images for the wedding itself.

Still not sure if you want one? Well, at Kat Stanley Photography we get asked about pre-wedding photo shoots a lot. So we thought we would give you the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Engagement Photo Shoot Cronulla : Kat Stanley Photography

What is a pre-wedding shoot?

It is a photography session prior to your wedding day, where you and your partner get together with your wedding photographer and take some wonderful portrait photos as a keepsake. This is usually a casual and fun photography session, but also gives you the chance to work with your photographer without the stress of the wedding day.

Engagement Photo Shoot Cronulla : Kat Stanley Photography

Why should I have a pre-wedding photography session?

Have you ever thought about having a personalised photo as your thank you notes to your guests after the wedding? What a wonderful way to say thank you to everyone who attended your special day than to send them a professional photo. Better yet, use your pre-wedding professional photography session as a way to capture some beautiful memories of just the two of you in a more casual setting. And this will also allow you to pre organise your thank you cards so they can be sent out the week following your wedding, whilst you are still away enjoying your honeymoon.

Another great idea is to frame a picture or create an album for your guests to look through at your wedding. You can position your photos beside your ‘wishing well’ or nearby your guest book. Luckily with each of our engagement & pre wedding photo shoots you get a 16 x 24 inch printed enlargement. This is something most couples rarely get the chance to do. So why not enjoy it, and have some fun before your big day.

Engagement Photo Shoot Cronulla : Kat Stanley Photography

What if I am shy in front of a camera?

Well, this is all the more reason to practise with a photography session before your wedding day. Arranging a photo shoot before the big day will give you time to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and with your photographer. Kat has just recently introduced supplying a picnic with warm and cold drinks and home made goodies mid way through your pre wedding shoot. This enables you to sit and chat with your photographer, so you can all get to know each other. A professional photographer will help you to be yourself, and the more time you spend getting to know your photographer, the more relaxed you will feel in front of the lens.

Engagement Photo Shoot Cronulla : Kat Stanley Photography

How do I prepare for the photo shoot?

Make your pre wedding shoot personal so that it really means something to you. Think about all the things that are sentimental to you or that sum you up as a couple. Do either of you play the guitar, are you fanatical about a football team, or are you arty and creative or just romantic and enjoy picnics? We can create scenes and sets and various styles to suit you. We always like to think outside the box and trying something new. By bringing along props and accessories to your photo shoot it can drastically change the look and feel of your photos.

By showing your photographer photo references we can visualise the style that you prefer and the direction you’d like to go. We find Pinterest is great for this and you can follow us at this link:

Engagement Photo Shoot Cronulla : Kat Stanley Photography

Does a pre wedding shoot help the photographer?

Yes definitely! It allows your photographer to get to know your personalities and what works to get the best results. A photo shoot prior to your ceremony & reception is also a great opportunity to see your photographer in action. But also to witness the beauty that we see through the camera, when we capture those memorable moments between the two of you.

When going through your pre wedding photos at your viewing, it is very helpful for your photographer to understand how you perceive yourself and what images you prefer of each other so that your photographer know’s you very well by the time it gets to your wedding day.

If you still have questions, we would be happy to help. Just send an email to us at [email protected]

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