Pre-Wedding Shoot - Claire and Matt

March 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Claire and Matt

The season of love is always with us and new romances may strike at any time!

Recently it was my pleasure to spend time with one such blossoming relationship, that of recently engaged Claire and Matt. What a super couple  they are and whose plans are quickly taking shape to get married later in the year in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I caught up with Claire and Matt in Ely, where we had agreed to spend an hour or two walking around within the rich ambience of this ancient cathedral city. I was there to photograph the two of them interacting naturally together - as naturally as they could under the circumstances - and to capture images for them to keep for future memory and posterity.

A pre-wedding shoot is something that Andrew Wilkinson Photography offers free of charge to all couples who hire me as their wedding photographer for a full day's package. The benefits work both ways:

  • It's an opportunity to discuss the details of the day;
  • It helps build a relationship and establish rapport - we'll not be strangers on the wedding day;
  • It's an opportunity for a couple to become used to being photographed - they get to see images of themselves before the wedding day

I love the 'pre-weeding shoot' because I love meeting new people. Everyone is different and I get to learn so many interesting facts about what they do, the experiences they've had, their values and opinions, as well as their hopes and ambitions for the future. 

The shoot itself is quite a casual event unfolding with my general direction. With a common objective in mind the actual process will capitalise on and be influenced by many factors, such as the surroundings, the weather, choosing to pop into a cafe, and a bit of experimentation. On the whole a pre-wedding shoot is a lot of fun and laughs. At one point, when we were down by the river, I asked a boat owner if we might step aboard and take one or two photographs in that setting. The man was most obliging and simply left us to our own deices as he wandered off to do something else. I trust he was the owner!

Here are some love quotes for you to enjoy:

I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space and liberty

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, the pretty follies that themselves commit

I would not wish any companion in the world but you

This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.

 

The Techi Bits

There are no real rules here, but it is a good idea to make the best of the time available:

  • As photographer - even offering this for free, it is essential for me to be on time for this appointment and, having allocated the time, not to give any sense of needing to rush away. That said, it is important to work within the time window and expectations that have been agreed.
  • Walk and talk - chatting about the niceties of life, this and that, and having a good laugh is important and all very well, but I need to be alert and constantly looking for opportunities, locations and backdrops to photograph the couple. It is a critical part of my role to direct the shots and, as necessary, to extract the emotions between the couple in the most effective and natural way.
  • Equipment - I use no more than, but probably a lot less of, the actual equipment I will be using on the wedding day itself. This gives a truer sense of the images and style that will ultimately be used.

The only other thing that comes to mind is to ask the couple to dress 'appropriately'. Now that is wide open to interpretation, but smart casual is, perhaps a good starting point. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed a little of this shared experience. If you have any photography requirements - weddings, corporate, headshots, portfolios, parties, gigs, blogshots, website pics, please contact me or give me a call and I'll be more than happy to have a no-obligation chat with you.

NOTE: if you watch the video on Full Screen, the better to select 1080p.

 


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July August September October (2) November December
January (1) February (2) March (1) April May June July August September October (1) November December (1)
January (1) February (1) March (1) April (1) May (1) June (1) July (1) August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December