Memories can easily fade and may likely never be remembered if they are not kept. A footage of your child taking his first steps captured by your motion activated hidden camera can bring tears of joy to your eyes and gladden your heart. Similarly, a footage of a road trip recorded by your dual dash cam could cause the memories to come flooding it. One memory you do not want to fade away is that of your wedding. The one you planned and looked forward to. The memory of that journey which begins with “I do” or “yes”.
This is a very important day and you do not want to toy with the pictorial aspect of it. These days, the idea of pre-wedding photo shoot is trending and everybody is jumping on it already. Like the wedding itself, it is also going to ensure you save as much memories as possible while you also make your wedding as an event special and anticipated. The pictures used in your souvenirs, banners, etc are those gotten from the pre-wedding photo shoot so it is necessary you make the pictures special. Some couples entrust the photographer with the entire duty while some may tell the photographer what they want. Whether you are a photographer or an intending couple, below are things to consider before doing an amazing wedding photoshoot.
Have a written expectation
Yeah yeah, you call it a list but I choose to call it expectations. What image do you intend to project to the public about you and your spouse as a couple? This should be the basis of your list. If you fail to get this correctly then you are already going off course. Would you want people to see you guys as an adventurous couple? Would you like to be seen as a mushy couple? These are the questions you should consider before compiling a list. Photography is about expression and expressing yourself well enough is what will make the pictures you produce unique.
Do not forget adequate backup
Whether you are working with a professional or an amateur photographer, you will still need to take multiple pictures before you get that which will be most preferable. In this regard, it is important that you come with enough batteries and memory cards. This is important so that you do not run out of power or out of memory. A good photographer will never look at the pictures till the photoshoot session is over. These continuous shots take some serious amounts of space so the talk of extra memory cards is not debatable.
Carry extra gear, just in case
How will you feel if you have to come back for the same photoshoot because you did not have the needed props at the initial time. In a case like this, the principle that works best is simple. Bring more in case you will need it but if you end up not needing, it you can still return it. It is better you bring what you do not need that leave what you need behind. Talking about clothes, no amount of it can be considered to be too much as long as you can carry it to and from the location of the shoot. That shirt that you have long forgotten in your wardrobe can be the icing on the cake for a particular picture. As long as a clothing item strikes you and you can carry it to the location then you should carry it.
Practice on your poses, before the shoot
Yeah, I know you guys may not be models but you have to put in extra work if you want your idea to work. It will even make the photoshoot session self-facilitative and enjoyable. Since you already have some expectations, why not start practicing a couple of poses that you intend to project during the shoot? Practice they say, makes perfect. However, this is something you should enjoy. Do not do it to impress anybody, smile genuinely as people can see through your fake covering. You should also learn to be flexible and adapt to changes as they happen during the shoot.
Location and other little things matter
Okay, this is where I will ask you to slow down and take your foot off the gas. I just had to blend these two points together based on experience. I wonder who told couples that a plain background is the norm for a wedding photoshoot. I sometimes feel it does not make the pictures real enough. If you can, pick a spot that has people moving about in the background. When the pictures are edited, you can blur the people in the background. This picture to me will be telling people that what matters in marriage is the couple and no one else. There are other little things that matter that I cannot totally write on. They include some essential poses as well as the need to laugh (particularly the bride) during pictures. You must not do something because everyone else is doing it. Instead do it because you enjoy doing it and because it oozes your personality.
It all comes down to expression as everything said here must not really apply to everybody. What matters is that you pick what you can from the message and use it to make your pre-wedding pictures come alive whenever you look at them.