A Guide to Pre-Wedding + Engagement Shoots

December 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Every couple has a story waiting to be told...

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Wedding photography has evolved so much over the coming years. No longer are the days where photographs are simply a documentation of what was of a special day. Many photographers, and videographers alike, now use these images as a tool for story-telling. Whether it be to retrace footsteps on how the couple first met at their special place, or to celebrate how far they have travelled together on their journey in life. It allows family and friends in to their world through visual images, and like the saying goes, 'A picture paints a thousand words'.

There is no better way to remind everyone of a couple's life together before the big day. But we often get asked the same questions as our clients try to get their heads around the idea of an 'engagement' or 'pre-wedding' shoot. What is it? Why do I need one? And for the ladies, what do I wear?!

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Having fun with lights is time consuming. Pre-wedding shoots are the perfect opportunity to spend a little extra time to add that creative flair to images.  

What is it?

First and foremost, the terms 'engagement' and 'pre-wedding' shoots are used interchangeably. There is no difference - it just depends on what people want to call it. The concept is the same. Before the big day, we like to meet with the couple and hang out for a 'practice shoot'. How the day pans out depends on the enthusiasm of the couple - some like to go all out in formal attire with hair, make-up, props, flowers, the whole spectacle. Whilst others like to keep it low key and casual - just like they were to go out on a Friday night date (with the addition of a stalker-ish photographer).

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Alice and Seb in The Conservatory

melbourne wedding photography leslie truong prewedding engagement Jo and Chien chilled at home.
They met through church and music is a big part of their lives. Photos from this relaxing shoot was a great contrast to photos they got from their wedding day, where they both glammed up and looked a million bucks! 

The couple may choose to go somewhere they have been to before on a previous date, if they wanted to share their story. However, like most couples do, it is seen as a good opportunity to have professional photos taken at some beautiful iconic Melbourne locations; like Melbourne University, Parliament House or Fitzroy Gardens. 

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Bek and Marcus wanted to revisit Melbourne University, where Marcus studied his Engineering degree. 

Amie and Brendan in between shadows at the infamous row of trees in Fitzroy Gardens.

Why do I need one?

You don't need one, but as photographers, it is a good chance for us to get to know our couples a bit better. They have after all, entrusted us to capture the moments of their big day and on this shoot, which is much more relaxed than any wedding day could be, it allows us to ease our couples into posing in front of a camera and showing them what to expect on the big day. 

melbourne wedding photography leslie truong prewedding engagement Rose and Raymond enjoyed a lovely summer's day up in Mt Dandenong.

For couples, it affirms the quality of images that we will be providing and if there are any doubts or insecurities, they can all be resolved before the stress and panic kicks in.

What do I wear?  

Depending on why we are doing this shoot might affect what you decide to wear. Most couples like to use the photos for display around the wedding venue on the big day, others get creative and incorporate the images into their 'save the date' or wedding invitations and some just like to have them in and around the house. In those cases, neat casual to semi-formal attires work well. 

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We had so much fun with Lee-ean and Kum. Their engagement photos were used as save-the-date cards.

For the ladies, you want to stand out in your photos. Opt for clothing that is sheer and light as natural lighting loves to reflect from soft fabrics and makes for that glowing effect. Light fabric such as chiffon and silk also manoeuvres well in the wind, which is always such a romantic look. Steer clear from dark colours though if possible, as lighting and detail easily gets lost and can add a 'heaviness' to the photo. Remember, just like how you would choose your wedding dress, keep the style timeless and classic - and be sure to feel comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the more happy and confident you'll look.  

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Monique definitely knew how to dress for the camera. A bright, flowy dress was exactly what we needed for that extra pop of colour.

melbourne wedding photography leslie truong prewedding engagement(c) leslie truong We were so lucky to have caught the 'golden hour' with Susan and Vito in Daylesford. Her angelic white dress was perfect for this shot. 

Some couples who are expecting a very hectic wedding day have even chosen to wear their wedding gear to ensure they get most out of their $5,000 dress or tux. Of course, if the bride doesn't mind the groom seeing her in her white dress before the big day, this would be a great idea to get those shots at a location that may be a bit further out like at a winery or a beach, if there is just no way to get there on the actual day. 

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Phal and Justin made good use of their pre-wedding shoot with us. We travelled to several locations around the city, including the Barracks which is absolutely stunning with vibrant red ivy in Autumn. 

Brides, it might also be a good idea to organise a hair and make-up trial on the same day as this shoot. Not only will you be already made up, but it will also give you a chance to see how the look actually appears in photos  and any amendments you'd want to make can be sorted out before the big day. 

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Phal looked stunning! 
Since all the location shoots were already done, they were able to relax on their wedding day - thank goodness considering their day started at 5am!!

I hope this has cleared up a few questions about engagement and pre-wedding shoots. It is basically just a day where we can hang out and have fun in front of the camera. Whether you are one of our future potential clients or if you have already decided to go with another awesome photographer, be sure to enquire and ask about an engagement or pre-wedding shoot. They are always lots of fun and the result is always beautiful images that will last a lifetime. 

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Blessed with a fairyfloss sunset with Stephani and Maurice. 

Happy wedding planning and good luck!! 
Luv Cung xo

 


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