Image Credit: Lakshya Manwani Photography
Pre-wedding photography is a swiftly emerging trend in India, with more and more couples setting aside a day prior to their big event to spend in front of the lens. Here’s why.
A pre-wedding shoot is a great risk-free opportunity for you and your photographer to get to know each other. After the shoot, you will have a good idea of your photographer’s style and strengths. He/She, on the other hand, will learn about your personal style, best angles and the type of pictures you expect. A pre-wedding shoot is probably the best brief you can give your photographer.
A pre-wedding shoot is also a great way to get rid of your “camera nerves.” A productive session with the photographer, where you both develop a level of comfort, will help you forget the camera on your wedding day and lead to natural-looking, livelier images.
At most modern Indian weddings, a photographer finds himself/herself pulled in two directions. While young couples look for a candid style, the older members of the family feel the wedding album incomplete without formal group shots and a meticulous record of the rituals of a traditional wedding. A pre-wedding shoot allows a happy compromise, giving the couple and the photographer a full day to get candid portraits and moments in a relaxed environment sans the pressures and rush of the big day.
While you will be all dressed up in your finery on your wedding day, you could opt for a more casual style on your pre-wedding shoot that’s truer to your own personality. It adds a little diversity to your wedding album, and may be perfect to frame and put up on the walls of your party pad, or any place in your house where the wedding photos may appear a bit too formal.
Your pre-wedding shoot can take place in any location you choose. Couples often use it as an opportunity to capture memories of their courtship days. It could be in a place where you went for quiet walks, where you first met, or where he proposed. It could also be a spot that shows off the other interests of your lives. A paragliding weekend at the beach, a hike in the hills or your favorite historical monument.
You could also choose to use your pre-wedding shoot as a dress rehearsal and turn up in your wedding finery, complete with hair and make-up. This will allow you to get comfortable in your trousseau and see if any last-minute alterations are needed. The images will show you exactly how you are going to look on the day of the wedding, giving you the opportunity to calibrate your look, so things can be absolutely perfect on your wedding day.