Absolutely not! Call it what you want an engagement or pre-wedding shoot, but this is a key event for couples preparing to get married.
Choosing a wedding photographer is no easy task, and finding one that you trust and feel comfortable with is really important – because you are going to spend a lot of time with them on your wedding day.
School photo cringe
Aside from this, many people haven’t had their photograph taken since their school days – not including social and holiday photos of course. Standing in front of a camera can be an alien experience and couples can be understandably a little apprehensive. How do we stand? What do we wear, what do we do? What do we do with our hands? But, that’s the point, it’s a chance for a couple to meet their photographer and get over and ‘awkwardness’ before their wedding. More often than not their fears are misplaced. If I look at my photos from one of these shoots I can see couples get progressively more relaxed – and importantly more like themselves. No one wants to look stiff and awkward on their wedding photos.
Posing but not posing
I’m not big on posing couples because a wedding is a wedding and not a fashion shoot. But I do take my couples through a few very easy techniques to help them look their best – and help them feel more relaxed – in front of the camera. This also saves a lot of time on the big day as we can get the couple shots done – and get them back to their actual wedding.
So engagement/prewedding shoots do seem a bit of an add-on, but done correctly can really make a difference on your big day.