28th June 2018

Pre-wedding Shoot Tips and Advice

Pre-wedding Shoot Tips and Advice

Pre-wedding adventure shoots are a great way to connect with your wedding photographer as you approach your wedding day. They give you the chance to spend time with your photographer talking about all your exciting plans for the big day. All that while getting used to being comfortable in front of the camera. It also gives you the chance to see how your photographer works, and you’ll be able to find out what works & looks best for your actual wedding photos. Pre-wedding shoots can be a lot of fun, and you will end up with some great pictures. These are my top pre-wedding shoot tips and advice.

Pre-Wedding Shoots in North Wales

In my experience, couples really benefit from having a pre-wedding shoot. They then feel a lot more relaxed, comfortable and confident about the photography on their wedding day. I totally understand that you may feel a little nervous about doing a pre-wedding shoot. But trust me – it’s a totally worthwhile investment of your time! And once you get over the initial 5 – 10 minutes of awkwardness I promise you will definitely enjoy it!

couple kissing in a field at sunset

couple hugging with bobble hats on and sunlit mountains in the background

couple sitting on a rock against a valley backdrop

Wedding Photographer in North Wales

Anglesey pre-wedding photography
Cwm Idwal pre-wedding photography

North Wales Wedding Photographer - engaged couple walking and smiling at one another

Llyn Gwynant pre-wedding shoot

 

Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice – when should we book our pre-wedding adventure shoot?

I contact most of my couples up to 6 months (sometimes even earlier) before their actual wedding day and leave it up to them to pick their favourite time. You may be totally in love with a fresh crisp Spring vibe. Or maybe you would rather wait for a golden summer sunset. Maybe you prefer the beautiful colour palette Autumn has to offer. Or you’ve got your heart set on some gorgeous snow shots. Whichever season you choose – one of my top pre-wedding shoot tips & advice is that you should always pick sunrise or sunset. This will give you the best light. Your photographer should be able to recommend some great locations, or maybe you already have a particular spot in mind (where you first met, or somewhere you go often as a couple, your first picnic spot, where he proposed, a gorgeous hill walk or a beautiful beach).

North Wales Wedding Photographer - bride and groom to be during pre-wedding shoot in Snowdonia

couple hugging at sunset in North Wales with a sheep walking into the frame

couple by a lake with a tree in the foreground at sunset

Wedding Photographer in North Wales
Llangollen Sunset Pre-Wedding Shoot
North Wales Wedding Photographer at Newborough Beach and couple hugging in the sea
Cwm Idwal pre-wedding photography
couple walking uphill holding hands at sunset
Llangollen pre-wedding shoot
Llangollen Wedding Photographer
Anglesey Wedding Photographer

Pre-wedding shoot tips & advice – what should I wear for our pre-wedding shoot?

Once you’ve decided on your perfect location it may be time to think about what to wear. It really does not need to be tricky – just think about how you’d like to look. If you want to go all out and put your glad rags on, get professional make-up, maybe have your hair done – do it! Or if you prefer to look like you do pretty much every day – do that instead! It is important to feel good about yourself on your photoshoot so if you’re wearing something you don’t usually wear and it’s making you feel uncomfortable or awkward or super conscious about yourself – don’t wear it!

Casual or dressed up?

If you’ve been dreaming about buying that gorgeous flowey red dress for an absolute age and this sounds like the perfect opportunity to get it and show it off – do it! There are tons of inspirational posts like this one over on Pinterest, just have a good look around. The only thing I’d suggest you do is that you both kinda match. If you’re wearing that gorgeous red dress and your other half is wearing a neon green shirt – that might not work so well. Or if you’re really glammed up and he comes along dressed really casual – that might not look so great either. Neutral earthy colours and pastels work quite well together but whichever outfit you decide on – I’m sure you’ll both look awesome!

North Wales Wedding Photographer couple kissing in the hills above Llangollen

couple at sunset looking at each other and laughing

Anglesey pre-wedding photography

couple hugging in front of snow capped mountain in Snowdonia

Cwm Idwal pre-wedding photography - couple on a rock overlooking the scenery - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice

North Wales Wedding Photographer - bride and groom to be during pre-wedding shoot at Llanberis against mountain backdrop

Llangollen Wedding Photographer

North Wales Wedding Photographer - bride and groom to be during pre-wedding shoot close-up of engagement ring
Llangollen Wedding Photographer
Anglesey pre-wedding photography - couple hugging and laughing at sunset - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice

Wedding Photographer in North Wales

 

Don’t overthink things

It’s totally normal to not feel comfortable in front of the camera. And of course we all worry about what we look like in photos (I used to really hate my nose. Until I realised that if I love the photo because I look ridiculously happy I couldn’t care less about my nose really :)) I always find that the couples who don’t take things too seriously have a better time and it really shows in the photos. I tell all my couples before the session that I want them to focus on each other, not me. Don’t sweat the small stuff, just make the most of it. Big smiles, lots and lots of eye contact and lovely tactile moments like holding hands, hugging, just being close to one another is all that matters. Extra points for really creative dance moves and lifts. Oh. And rainbows :)

Llangollen pre-wedding shoot
North Wales Wedding Photographer couple sitting on rocks holding hands
Llangollen pre-wedding photography
couple hugging at sunset with female wearing electric blue dress - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice
Llangollen pre-wedding shoot - close-up of couple's hands with engagement ring - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice
Anglesey pre-wedding photography - couple holding hands looking in opposite directions - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice
Llangollen Wedding Photographer

North Wales Wedding Photographer - bride and groom to be laughing and pretending to dance during their pre-wedding shoot at Llanberis - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice

North Wales Wedding Photographer - couple at sunset around Llangollen - Pre-wedding shoot tips and advice

 

Snowdonia Anglesey and North Wales Wedding Photographer

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I’m a Cheshire, North Wales, Anglesey, Snowdonia & Shropshire Wedding Photographer based near Llangollen in North Wales. My style is natural, relaxed and emotive. Most couples that book me are laid-back and want their wedding photographer to fit in with their exciting plans without being bossy. If you like my work and would like to discuss how I can help with your wedding photographer you can contact me here.

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