Hiring a professional photographer is a little bit like walking around with a giant, human, selfie stick. Some people will have no issue at all but for the rest of the population it just feels... unnatural.
So, I'd urge you to look beyond the cringe factor and consider these 5 reasons why you (and my husband-to-be) shouldn’t be so quick to turn down the pre wedding photo session…<<
1. Knowing me knowing you… a-ha!
>> Have you ever been to a wedding where the photographer has made you feel uncomfortable? Where you have face ache from the forced smiles and all you want to do is locate the bar?
Now just take a second and imagine that is your wedding day.
I’ve seen too many weddings hijacked by old school wedding photographers. The group shots last an eternity and the happy couple are cajoled into so many tedious, awkward poses that they cease to be happy.
Taking a teeny bit of time out to get to know your wedding photographer before the wedding day is vital. You can see how they operate, you can see if you get on with them, (or, if they will drive you bat shit crazy), and you can see how they make you look in photographs.
Wedding photography is such a huge investment it actually baffles me that pre wedding shoots are the exception rather than the norm.<<
2. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice
>> Wedding days are deliriously frenetic affairs. Everything happens at warp speed. A great wedding photographer will be mindful of the fact that your day is to be enjoyed so they will keep the time taken for your portrait shots to an absolute minimum.
It makes sense to maximise this time.
Think of your engagement photo shoot like a dress rehearsal. It will give you confidence in your posing game and you will know exactly what to expect on the big day.
Feeling uncomfortable in front of the camera should be the very reason to have an engagement shoot rather than avoid one. <<
3. You will have actual photographs of the two for you... (that your Mum will love)
>> If you don’t count our photo booth test shots and the handful of failed selfie attempts, James and I have a grand total of two ‘couple’ photographs. Two!
My future Mother in Law is constantly asking for nice photo of the two of us, and nearly three years into our relationship we have yet to oblige. (Sorry Marie!)
As excited as I am about our wedding photos, I have to admit that I actually like the idea of having some photographs of the everyday us (albeit a more polished, aesthetically appealing, everyday us!) <<