Why do a pre-wedding photoshoot or engagement photoshoot?

Oh, but I don't have the patience to pose for photos..." It's a typical phrase used when suggesting a pre-wedding photoshoot, also known as an engagement photoshoot. Despite being a trend in recent years and many people liking the concept, many couples show resistance to this type of photoshoot.


In this post, I'd like to present a different perspective on the pre-wedding photoshoot. Let's see it as a relaxed, intimate moment that truly reflects the couple's personality. Think of it more as an experience, a kind of break in the whirlwind of emotions that is wedding preparation. That's already one of the advantages.


See more below! I believe those who are resistant might find the idea of a pre-wedding photoshoot more appealing.




The term "pre-wedding," commonly used nowadays, is essentially a photo shoot of the couple before the wedding day. While it existed in some form in the past, the concept has evolved significantly. Previously, it had a somewhat rigid structure, with predetermined poses, often in the actual wedding attire. Nowadays, the aim of pre-wedding photos is for them to be laid-back and spontaneous, reflecting the couple's personality. So, it's a highly personalized photo shoot. The intention is for it to be relaxed, in a familiar environment that resonates with the couple, making them feel as comfortable as possible.




Alright, I get the concept, but I'm still not convinced," you might say. So why bother with a pre-wedding photoshoot?


Let's get into it; here are some benefits:


1. Establishing a Connection with the Wedding Photographer: The pre-wedding photoshoot can contribute to building a connection between the couple and the wedding photographer. It's crucial for the couple and the photographer to have a connection and a relationship of trust since this professional will be responsible for one of the most important records of the couple's life. The pre-wedding shoot is an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better and create more intimacy.
2. Enjoying Time Together Before the Wedding: Planning a wedding, at times, can be stressful. There are many decisions to make, numerous details, and a lot of anxiety. Time flies, and often the couple feels overwhelmed by the preparations. The pre-wedding photoshoot can be, therefore, a breath of fresh air. It's a day to enjoy together and reinforce the bond between you, without worrying about things like the late delivery of invitations (just to give an example of something that might be stressing the couple at the moment). I often joke that the pre-wedding photoshoot is a great time for a little romance.




Imagine these beautiful moments becoming part of the decorations and invitations – it's like turning their love story into art! So, these photos don't just sit in an album; they become a real part of the whole wedding atmosphere, bringing in that personal and intimate vibe that makes the celebration truly special.




Knowing the location and time of your photo shoot in advance makes it easier to decide what to wear on the day. Similar to preparing for a wedding, treating a photo shoot as an event allows for thoughtful planning a few days ahead.


Hair and Makeup:

For women, opt for a makeup look that is not too heavy, especially if the shoot is during the day. Choose neutral tones for a timeless appeal. Be mindful of your nails, as they might appear in photos, and give them some special attention.


Your hair is a part of your identity, so it's preferable for it to look as natural as possible. This advice applies to men as well.


When selecting your outfits, follow these practical tips for a perfect blend of style and comfort:

• Avoid Black: While black is often a go-to choice, it may not always be the best color for photography, especially during the day.
• Skip Distinctive Prints: T-shirts with distinctive prints can be distracting in photos. opt for simpler patterns or solid colors for a timeless look.
• Coordinate Outfits Together: Choosing outfits together ensures coordination between you and your partner, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the photos.
• Bring an Extra Set of Clothes: Consider bringing at least one extra set of clothes to add variety and richness to the photos by changing the scenery and clothing during the shoot.
• Prioritize Comfort: Above all, prioritize comfort. Select clothes that make you feel at ease and confident. Prioritize freedom of movement by limiting accessories and layers, keeping in mind that there might be moments when you need to run or sit.


In addition to these suggestions, remember the most important aspect is to bring your own style and be yourself.



And the location, Iacob? What's the best one? Certainly, today there a numerous alternatives for pre-wedding photoshoot locations. It's nice if it's a symbolic place related to the couple's history, but you don't have to limit yourselves to that. The best choice is one that makes the most sense for the couple, something that resonates with them. I'll emphasize this point again.


However, if you have no idea where to go, it's good to establish some criteria for the choice. Here are some tips:


• Do you have a hobby or activity you enjoy doing together? Cooking, sports, visiting different cafes... various activities can fit this criterion.
• How did you meet? Was it in a special place? That's another option.
• Is there a significant and special place that's part of your relationship?


Of course, there are more popular options, such as beaches.

• Countryside/Mountains
• Parks
• City landmarks where the couple resides
• Historical sites or abandoned buildings
• Amusement parks
• I also suggest some places for a pre-wedding photoshoot that I have already photographed or find interesting.



Why not plan a weekend, or even a mid-week getaway, to a romantic place like a bungalow in the middle of a forest or something more exotic, like a houseboat in the middle of a lake? Have you thought about how incredible it would be to spend time with your boyfriend (fiancé) and, in the midst of that, also have a photoshoot? There are super affordable options, and this way, you combine the useful with the enjoyable and end up with an incredible and exclusive memory of that moment. Finding a different place is possible thanks to Airbnb, which is excellent for researching such locations. And if you don't want to stay overnight, we can talk to the owner to try renting only for the photoshoot; many are even accustomed to that kind of thing.




If you love the sea and sand, or if your wedding is going to be on the beach, I think we already have a good option for your shoot, right? Many people might think that all beaches are the same, but that's not quite true. I've photographed at various beaches (both shoots and weddings), and I can tell you one thing—just seawater and sand don't guarantee a fantastic shoot. A nice beach for a shoot has rocky corners, a wooden house, a deck entering the sea, etc. In other words, the more elements the beach has, the richer your shoot will be in terms of scenery. Another important thing: the fewer people on the beach, the better, right? But as deserted beaches don't exist around here, we need to adapt. So, to avoid very crowded beaches, I recommend doing shoots in the winter or during the week, or at sunrise when the beach is still empty.


When choosing between a field or beach for a shoot, be willing to explore and discover new places or corners you never thought of for a photo.


I want to emphasize that I don’t think a pre-wedding photoshoot is a mandatory protocol. I’m against the idea of doing something just because everyone else is doing it.

No one “has to” do anything


If you're still unsure or have unique ideas in mind, feel free to reach out and share your thoughts. Let's collaborate to create an amazing pre-wedding photoshoot that truly captures your personality and love story. Your input is valued, and together we can make this special moment even more memorable.


Looking forward to hearing from you!