PRE-WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY
Comments from Reg
Pre wedding / engagement photography is fun and can produce some great shots for you and your family to treasure. The photographs from ‘pre-wedding’ or ‘engagement’ photo sessions are often used for wedding stationary or the invitations.
Don’t be too hung-up on the idea that a pre-wedding shoot is a ‘must have’ and that you need this in order to build up a rapport with your photographer.
Most full-time professional wedding photographers meet and photograph dozens of couples every year and they are well adapted to putting people at ease in order to get great, natural shots. I am often booked by phone call or Email, meeting couples for the first time on the morning of the wedding and obtain great images.
This is even more so for commercial photography when I may be required to drive to a city or fly into an airport where I meet a celebrity or Chief Executive of a company, I’m then expected to put them at ease and produce fantastic, natural shots for a corporate magazine or major publication, sometimes within a few minutes of arrival.
And believe me, there’s nothing more challenging than getting great shots of someone like Dame Kelly Holmes whilst you are following her over an assault course after a few minutes of meeting her!
The couple in the sample shots are a good example that prior meetings are not essential. Their names are Charnia and Greg (both are world-class athletes) they had booked me for their wedding photography on recommendation but we had been unable to meet for several months. We all had busy schedules and this pre-wedding photography shoot took place at a country park at short-notice. It took about 45 mins for me to show them some albums and complete the shoot. The images here are a small selection from a batch of approx 40 great shots.
What I’m try to convey to you is that you should only have a pre-wedding photo shoot because you want one, not because you are worried about your photographer’s ability.
If your photographer is a true pro photographer they will get some great shots of your ‘big day’ and it is not essential that you meet them before the wedding day.
PHOTOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS
If you are at all concerned about the quality of a photographer’s work and are unable to view their albums, simply ask them for details of books, magazines or other publications where their work has featured. Magazine editors and book publishers would never use anything less than first-class images in books, magazines and other publications, after all poor work is a direct reflection on their own quality standards. If they do not have any published work, ask them to mail a selection of prints from their portfolio, most will be happy to do so.
Engagement photography in the Dordogne, prices for Engagement photographers in the Dordogne
Pre-wedding photography | Engagement photography