Pre-Wedding Photography : Preparations and Tips
It’s different from wedding photography
I find wedding and pre-wedding shoots comparable with event shoot and fashion shoot respectively. In wedding or event photography you need to ensure that you capture all key moments whereas in pre-wedding or fashion shoot you create the right moments yourself . I find latter more challenging and creative.
Preparations for Pre-wedding Photo Shoot
As I mentioned above that pre-wedding photography needs a lot of prior preparations. To make life little easier for you I would like to list down few preparations that can help in creating awesomely beautiful photos.
- Conceptualization – Before going for a pre-wedding shoot you should definitely know what are you going to click. You could select a concept and plan your photographs around it. By selecting a concept you bind all individual photographs together and this makes your work more mature. Visualize all your photographs that you want to click and make a sketch of photos (or think of a more tech savvy way!) with important details. Often detailing is the difference between a good photo and a great photo.
- Selecting a color theme and costumes – Once you visualize your photographs the next thing you got to do is selecting a color theme and choosing costumes for the couple in sync with the theme. There are some good websites that can help you in selecting good color themes which would go very well with your concept and location. Selecting a color theme also helps you in knowing the kind of post processing that would be required after the shoot.
- Location - Select and visit the location once before the shoot so that you are better prepared on the day.
- Props – In pre-wedding shoot good photographers often choose props around which they plan their photographs. Engagement ring, flowers, balloons, a luxury car or any other wisely chosen creative prop would help you in creating really romantic couple photographs.
- Poses – Poses is another area which can give headaches to newbies. I am sure after few shoots you would be able to think various poses impromptu. Till then little googling can give you good websites with thousands of poses.
I classify the above all preparation as non technical preparation. There are few technical tips that will help you in taking great pre-wedding photos.
- Use a wide aperture lens: Simply putting wide aperture lens is a lens which will give you shallow depth of field. I know I am reiterating this but believe me it’s worth it. Wide aperture lens is particular helpful in such shoots. The shallow depth of field and bokeh created by this lens are essential ingredients of great pre-wedding photographs. A 50 mm or 135 mm prime lens is what you need on couple shoots.
- Try wide-angle lens : While wide aperture lens is an order qualifier, a wide-angle lens (focal length less than 18 mm) used properly could be a great differentiating factor. Try some wide-angle photographs with subjects near the camera. Your photos will look different from others and will make you popular among your friends!
- Try some silhouettes: Another clichéd shot which works beautifully for couple shots is silhouette. Ask couples to stand and pose in line with sun and camera so that they are back-lid. Put your camera on shutter priority mode and click photos at very high shutter speed so that you see only outline of subjects.
There is lot more left to write on this topic which I’ll try to cover in my upcoming posts. Till then happy clicking!