Normally, wedding photographers have two or three sessions scheduled with their clients: the engagement, the wedding, and, sometimes, a post-wedding session which happens after a day or two from the wedding date. The engagement session is usually the opportunity for the photographer to get to know the clients and help them be comfortable in front of the camera.
The engagement shoot also allows for creative freedom to shoot some beautiful photos for use in save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, announcements, and guestbooks, with the session lasting for only an hour or so and the clients having fun at the same time.
A More Elaborate Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot
But that is not the pre-wedding photo session we will be talking about here. Rather, we will be looking at the different type of pre-wedding photo sessions that is in vogue today in many parts of Asia, especially in China, Hong Kong, and much of Southeast Asia. As some have put it, it is “an engagement session in heroin.”
In contrast to the simple set-up, no frills, regular pre-wedding shoots, the Asian pre-wedding photo session is anything but simple. They involve days of photo sessions with a certain theme or concept in mind. The theme or concept can be anything, ranging from the adventurous like a road trip to the wilderness or low-key like a night out at a theater. The imagination is the limit for both the photographer and the couple as to what concept they would like and how far it can go, so to speak.
With all of these unique settings and props, these types of photo shoots can be pretty challenging for a photographer. And much like the wedding day itself, there are no reshoots for a pre-wedding video that could be afforded, especially if no proper planning was made before doing the shoot, which is very important with every photo shoot.
Thus it is important for the concept to be planned out beforehand and make the necessary preparations around it like securing the locations, the outfits to be worn if any. This may involve a lot of work, but for the couple who are anticipating that big day in their lives, the memories to be brought by these shoots are priceless.
Getting into the Pre-Wedding Photo Session
For many couples who are interested to have a pre-wedding photo session, such events serve as opportunities for the couple to have fun in the midst of those stress-inducing preparations for the wedding. It also serves as a way for them to let others know of the upcoming wedding, especially with social media playing a big role as many of these photo shoots go viral beyond the intended audience of these photos.
As such, it is important for photographers to continuously improve on their craft and be able to absorb a lot of information, as well as inspiration, for whatever pre-wedding photo shoot concept in mind. It is also important to build relationships with other photographers. Don’t be afraid to get to know people that are doing these types of shoots. Most important of all, as a photographer, for instance a wedding photographer Berkshire, is that you are someone who can engage the couple well as you do these various shoots and make them feel comfortable as possible as you and the couple work on making those concepts come alive.