So you’re engaged, the pre-wedding shoot is getting near in your wedding planning timeline, and you don’t know where to start. Quit fretting about it, you are not alone! Prewedding shoots, or engagement shoots as they’re sometimes called, can be as nerve-racking as the wedding itself if you want to shoot one perfectly. Below are 11 tips that will get you all prepped up to prepare and perfect your upcoming prewedding shoot.
Photo Credit Below: Planning & Styling: Weddings by AT | Photography: Milk & Honey Studio | Dress: Audella Bridal | Makeup & Hair: Joman Weddings & Abigail Victoria | Accessories: Lane's Bridal | Decor: Mon Trésor | Florist: Make Your Choicesss Floral Lab | Calligraphy: Letters by Ann | Venue: Island Shangri-la
1. Look back to your love story to get inspiration
Take the time to sit down with your significant other and look back to your love story. How did it start? Are there any memorable experience you would want to recreate? Reminiscing your history may spark an idea for your prewedding shoot. After all, you want something meaningful for your shoot. Let it tell your love story. Did you meet during a marathon? Did you meet on the train? These could be potential themes that can help create the basis of your prewedding shoot!
2. Identify shared interests to create your theme
Shared interests are a rich source of inspiration. What do you love doing together? Perhaps you often travel together, cook, or workout. These could be great ideas for prewedding shoot props, location ideas, or even little stationery and illustrations for the shoot!
3. Figure out what style you want
What theme do you prefer? Is it romantic, fairytale, artistic, or adventure? Decide what theme you’re trying to go for. Know what you want and you can start from there. This will help you determine what type of prewedding photographer you’ll want to work with and what type of locations you want to shoot in!
4. Find a meaningful place to shoot
If you can't decide on where to shoot, choose a location that is special to both of you. It could be the place you first met, the place you shared your first kiss, the place you said you ‘I Love You’s.’ Think of somewhere meaningful if you can't decide on a prewedding shooting location.
5. Find the right prewedding photographer
When it comes to looking for a prewedding photographer, you want someone whom you can trust and get along with. Don’t just look at the rates, instead look at their style, ask to meet up, and have a planning meeting before the shoot. Having more meetings will help the prewedding photographer get to know you both, understand your expectations, and get more inspiration from your shoot.
6. Choose your outfits and make sure you’re comfortable wearing them
Choose outfits that help you tell your story for your prewedding shoot - but choose clothes there are comfortable! If your clothes are either too loose or too tight, you’ll just keep picking at them or covering up on your entire session. If you’re uncomfortable, it will show in the pictures.
7. Find the right prewedding hair and make up artist
It’s okay to do your prewedding photoshoot hair and makeup on your own if you have a lot of time in your hands and you trust no one but yourself. But to be on the safe side, you wouldn’t want to be running out of time and be bothered retouching your makeup time to time when you should be having fun! Find a prewedding hair and makeup artist that fits your style, and be sure to do a trial beforehand!
8. Consider hiring a planner or stylist to style the scene
Be creative and incorporate unique ideas into you shoot. Remember, the vibe of your engagement shoot has to say something about your love story. If you need help, ask your wedding planner or wedding stylist to style and set the scene for you.
9. Look for prewedding pose inspiration on the Internet
There are a lot of wonderful engagement photos on the Internet, especially on Pinterest. Sometimes, all you need to do is browse the Internet for some beautiful engagement photos to get pose inspiration. That’s what all the greatest prewedding photographers do, and there's no harm in prepping yourself this way as well!
10. Create a checklist of what props you are going to bring
Once you have decided on what theme you’re going for, it’s easy to figure out what props you should bring. If your planner will come to the shoot with you, ask them to make a checklist of everything you need to make sure you don't forget anything!
11. Create a schedule or itinerary for the day
Just because this is only an engagement shoot and not a wedding doesn’t mean you don’t need to draft out a schedule for the day. An itinerary is a must especially if you’re going to multiple locations. Everything must go accordingly to the itinerary to avoid running out of time, may it be the preparation time, the makeup/hair retouch time, the shoot itself, and the breaks in between. Be organized so that you can get all the shot!