I've lost count of the amount of times a couple have booked me to shoot their wedding, then said to me "we hate having our photos taken, so we wont really be interested in having a pre-wedding shoot... thanks though!". Well, truth is, if the thought of pulling poses in front of the camera scares the hell out of you, then you're probably the exact kind of person that would benefit the most from a pre-wedding shoot! And if you really do hate having your photo taken that much, imagine how tough you may find it on your wedding day.
How do I know this for sure? Because I've been there... done that...got the photos!
When I got married a couple of years ago we met up with our photographer the week before our wedding. We'd have liked to have met her sooner to be honest, but because we got hitched abroad this was out of the question. I'd shot hundreds of pre-weddings before actually having the camera turned on myself for our one, but even I was pretty nervous. In fact, scrap that, I was bricking it big time! About an hour before the shoot it suddenly dawned on me - the nerves I was feeling must be exactly what a lot of couples that I shoot go through. And its all because they're doing something completely alien to them. Yep, unless you're a model, or absolutely love having your photo taken, you too probably dread having your photo taken. After just 5 minutes of shooting our pre-wedding pics I was totally at ease, and completely forgot about the nerves I had about being photographed. This is because we had an awesome photographer, that made us feel totally at ease.
Booking a pre-wedding shoot with me is exactly the same. I will show you just how fun, chilled-out, and stress-free getting in front of the camera can be. We'll meet up, have a cuppa, head out for an hour or two snapping away having fun, and you'll see that there was nothing to worry about at all. Giving you direction if you need it, and keeping quiet if you don't. And at the end of it you'll come away with not only a collection of kick-ass photos, but also the confidence to get in front of the camera again for me on your big day... result!
Here's a small selection of photos I've shot on pre-wedding assignments.