February 23, 2023

8 Do’s and Don’ts – A Pre Wedding Shoot Guide!

Engaged couple hugging each other in a field of tall grass and watching the sunset during their pre wedding photoshoot session

It is finally time to start planning your pre wedding shoot! You may not realize it, but there are a several important things to consider when planning engagement sessions, especially if you want the best photos from your wedding photographer. From picking the right outfits to finding the right location, there is a lot to keep in mind. So to make sure your pre wedding shoot goes off without a hitch, here are some helpful tip – starting with the don’ts!

Don’t: Pick the Wrong Outfit

A big mistake is wearing something that either isn’t you or wearing an outfit that’s uncomfortable. You don’t have to go out and buy a designer dress or suit. Choose the best option out of what you would normally wear.

Most importantly wear whatever makes you feel most like you! If you’re not thinking about how tight your pants are while sitting and you’re not constantly adjusting your mini skirt, you’re going to be able to focus on each other and enjoy the experience!

It might sound super simple, but I promise it’s the best thing you can remember. The more you feel like yourselves, the more comfortable you’ll be during your pre wedding shoot session.  

Don’t: Go Overboard with Patterns and Colours

If you’re thinking of wearing something with a pattern, keep it subtle. Go easy on the bold designs since they can be a major eye-catcher – and not in a good way! We want your beautiful faces to be the focus and unfortunately loud patterns can distract us from that. Instead find patterns that are soft and subtle. I always think flannels are great, just make sure the colour is neutral!

You also want to avoid bright fluorescent colours since these types of clothes tend to reflect its colour onto one another. Unless you want to look the Hulk, try and pick more neutrals and earthy tones.

Another helpful tip is to avoid matching colours when you can. It’s not the end of the world, but it does help put some separation between the two of you when you go in for those hugs and kisses. Otherwise when you get in close, your photos start to look like one big blob of the same colour.

A couple with matching white outfits hugging eachother in a forest backdrop during their pre wedding photoshoot

Don’t: Wear Outfits that Clash with the Location

This can seem like an obvious tip but I’ve seen this pre wedding shoot mishap time and time again! If it’s snowing outside don’t wear a skirt. And if you’re shooting on a sandy beach don’t bring heels! I know it’s important to look stylish but if you’re going to choose, just remember comfort over looks. When you’re thinking of the location that you’re shooting in, pick something that makes sense for where you’re going to be.

Don’t: Be Too Critical of Yourself

We all have our insecurities, but throw those out the door during your pre-wedding photoshoot. Focus on enjoying the moment and the experience rather than nitpicking over every single detail. Let your personality shine through, and don’t be afraid to laugh, be silly or just plain weird. Remember, your photos should reflect the real you, not some over-polished version of yourself.

Do: Test the Waters

If you’re feeling a bit anxious about having your photos taken, a pre wedding shoot is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera. It gives you the chance to get used to being photographed and helps you to feel more relaxed and yourself on your wedding day.

Plus, it’s a chance to meet and connect with your wedding photographer beforehand, which is a great way to build that connection together and ensure that you’re both on the same page.

Do: Choose the Right Location

When considering where to have your pre wedding shoot, think about what reflects your personalities and style. Whether you are city people, beach bums, or nature lovers, there is a perfect place out there for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box. Hit up a record store, rent out a studio loft, or have it at home in the kitchen or living room!

Do: Make it Personal and Unique

Couple walking their dog along the beach at Scarborough Bluffs during their pre wedding photoshoot

The best pre wedding shoots are the ones that feel personal and unique to your story. Incorporate your interests and hobbies, use props that reflect your personalities, and don’t forget to include your furry friends! Whether it’s a shared love of hiking, a passion for music, or a fascination for vintage cars, your pre wedding shoot is the perfect opportunity to showcase what makes you both special.

Do: Think Beyond the Photos

Your pre wedding shoot is more than just a chance to capture beautiful images. You can also use your photos as part of your wedding day decor, on your invitations, or even in a guestbook for your wedding guests to sign. And don’t forget your pre wedding shoot is the perfect opportunity to test your hair and makeup for the big day! You’ll get a great idea of how it’ll look like in photos and if you decide you need to change the look, you still got plenty of time to do that.

By now you’ve probably realized that there are lots of small details to keep in mind when it comes to engagement sessions. From choosing the perfect outfit to finding the right location, it can be a lot to handle. But don’t worry, as you apply these do’s and don’ts to your photoshoot, you’ll be well on your way to capturing some beautiful moments that reflect who you truly are! So let loose, get a little weird, and have some fun with it!