Capturing the magic of the pre-wedding build-up (and to help plan what works best on the day), don’t miss out on a couple’s photography session…
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been together 10 weeks or 10 years, your happiness should be celebrated with special moments of love preserved for all eternity. As an end in itself, a couple’s photography session with a professional photographer is truly the stuff that romance is made of. But to help with the planning process, and to ensure you and your partner are relaxed and at ease in front of the camera together for the big day, a pre-wedding photo shoot in advance could be just the ticket. We team up with guest contributor Dakota Murphy for her top tips…
Since we live in a visual world where a picture is worth a thousand words and social media rules, how about doing it with some gorgeous photographs of the two of you together? We’re not talking impromptu selfies here. Of course, we can all hold up a phone and smile into the camera as it snaps away but the results in terms of photographic quality are bound to be a bit pedestrian. For some truly memorable images that are worthy of framing, here are four excellent reasons for hiring a photographer who specialises in couple’s photography:
Quality time together to enjoy the experience
Clear some time in both your diaries to just be together – so important and often neglected in the run-up to the big day. We all lead busy lives and perhaps don’t spend as much time together as we would like to. Booking a couple’s photography shoot is making the commitment to fully focus on your partner without the usual distractions. It’s an important sign of how much value you place on quality time with your chosen other half.
During the shoot itself, you’ll be asked to pose in a variety of romantic poses: close to each other, holding hands, embracing, smiling, laughing, kissing and looking deep into each other’s eyes. It’s like ‘date night’ but better – and unsurprisingly, many couples leave even more in love than when they arrived.
Devote some time to making memories
The past is much easier to remember with the help of visual aids, so make some memories. Can you imagine five years down the line – or in 40 years’ time with your grandchildren! – looking at the perfect pictures of a beautiful happy couple so in love they thought they might burst? Your photography is a snapshot in time and will bring back those memories in a heartbeat.
Then again, what if you had no record of important events, people and relationships that shaped you as the years go by because you thought the pictures on your phone were enough and you have no decent printouts? Let’s face it, where will Facebook or iPhone be in the decades to come?
Practise gratitude for your good fortune
Happy moments are precious and need to be celebrated as such. Surely, it doesn’t get better than finding (and keeping!) the love of your life? Revel in the feeling and rejoice. Celebrate the fact that you have someone special to love and that s/he loves you back.
Use professional photography to tell the story of your love in pictures. Just imagine having an image bank of gorgeous couples photos from all the special moments in your life – the moments you want to be able to remember and treasure – wouldn’t you feel blessed and grateful every time you looked at them together?
Face your fears and do it anyway
Being in front of the camera brings out different insecurities. And nothing is so daunting than on your wedding day with all eyes (and cameras) on you. This is the ideal opportunity to prepare for that experience and lets you feel in control. Plus, you’ll have captured some gorgeous photos of you before the big day, and this ‘engaged’ period is so seldom celebrated on film.
Working with an experienced and sympathetic photographer can be the best ego boost. A good photographer will build a rapport and show you how to relax into the shoot. You’ll be laughing and chatting with your new found friend and gain the confidence to be yourself. After that, posing for photographs on your wedding day will be a breeze!