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The Essential Pre-Wedding Photo-Shoot Guide

In this essential essential pre-wedding photo-shoot guide you'll learn about the main benefits and how to make the most out of your pre-wedding photo-shoot, in preparation for your epic wedding day celebration.

The Best prequel to your wedding day love story

The big bang of your engagement will set a chain of exciting events into motion. The wedding date is normally the sunny northern star that forms first, while everything else (the venue, photographer, celebrant, florist, etc.) will slowly start gravitating around it.

The window between now and your epic day is the ideal opportunity to organise a pre-wedding photo-shoot, which for many reasons,

I believe is the best prequel to your wedding day love story.

Here are some of the main benefits and top tips for planning a pre-wedding photo-shoot.

The main benefits

Being in front of a camera is not something we do on regular basis, so it's totally normal to feel a bit uncomfortable, especially on one of the biggest celebrations of your lives.

A pre-wedding photo-shoot can help you feel a lot more comfortable being in front of a camera, so you can be confident that when your epic day comes, you'll get the kind of photos you dreamed of, while feeling relaxed and having the time of your life.

It's a great opportunity to get to know your photographer better and together review the entire photo experience, guidance and results, so you can recreate more of the magic on your wedding day.

You'll also end up with a beautiful collection of photos you can use for announcements, invitations, save-the-dates, or include them in your guestbook, posters or slideshows for your wedding day.

Here are the top tips for making the most out of your pre-wedding photo-shoot.

Pick locations that are of significance to you

Melbourne offers a plethora of beautiful photo locations in a wide variety of flavours, from rustic urban alleyways, to pristine parks, to serene beaches, all within a short driving distance of each other.

What's important is to pick a location that has a special meaning for you and your partner (first date location, proposal location), or maybe a place you associate with a fond childhood memory.

Whichever location you choose, it should be somewhere you know you'll both enjoy and feel comfortable, somewhere where you can be your true selves.

Once you know your location(s), it's important to choose the best time of day for the ideal light.

Let there be plenty of gorgeous

golden-hour light

One of the luxuries you have with a pre-wedding photo-shoot is that you can pick the exact time of day when to take the photos.

While we can create beautiful photos in all sorts of lighting conditions, when it comes to natural light, the most beautiful, flattering and romantic light is the golden-hour of light - the hour around sunrise and sunset.

The tone of this light is gentle, soft and warm, which is one of the reasons why we're all absolutely mesmerised by it.

Knowing the location(s) and time of day can help you with the decision of what to wear.

Finding a balance between expression and comfort

We all have our own unique fashion sense. Clothes can allow us to express ourselves, individually and as a couple. When it comes to wardrobe style, the pre-wedding vibe is definitely more playful, as you'll have the wedding day to be more formal.

Clothing items in a primary colour (red, blue, yellow) or a secondary colour (green, purple, orange) can add a great pop to any scene. Complimentary colours in your outfits can offer great sync.

Comfort is king and it gives you a great confidence boost, so make sure you feel comfortable in whatever it is you're wearing.

Multiple locations can also offer you the opportunity for a wardrobe change.

Take it up a level with some props and accessories

Whether it's a colourful flower crown, an acoustic guitar, a bottle of champers, a picnic basket, a warm blanket, or a vintage couch, a prop can elevate your photos to the next level, add some intrigue and expression, while you have some fun along the way.

Props can offer comfort or represent a passion/hobby you're into. They can also offer an answer to one of the most frequently asked questions during photo-shoots: "What do I do with my hands?"

As you dial up the number of props, minimise the number of personal belongings. Bring a small bag for keys, phones, wallets, makeup and other similar items. Having your hands free to interact with your partner while avoiding bulging pockets helps eliminate any visual distractions.

Every little detail counts and is totally worth it.

Hey, are you planning a pre-wedding photo-shoot for you and your partner?

Check out these pre-wedding galleries for some inspiration.

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