Our Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot and Top Tips

A pre-wedding photo shoot session is a great chance to get a romantic and relaxed professional photo shoot, prior to your wedding day.  Consider the photo shoot as a wedding day trial, a chance to learn how to be comfortable in front of the camera and to gain some simple posing advice.

More importantly, its a great way for you to build a relationship with your photographer beforehand.  During the shoot, you can discuss the type of photos you would like to achieve and any expectations you have for your wedding day.

Our pre-wedding photo shoot

This weekend, we met with James at our wedding venue for our pre-wedding shoot and venue check.  It was a very relaxed occasion which allowed us to have some fun with the children and each other, in front of the camera.  I have to admit that I felt a bit silly at first, but this is the exact purpose of the shoot, to rid those issues before the big day.

James was super patient with us and was able to capture some stunning images of our family.  They are some of our first together as a family of four and so mean the world to us.  The photo shoot assured us that James, is the perfect photographer for us.

photo shoot pre-wedding

Top Tips for your pre-wedding photo shoot

1.  A pre-wedding shoot is all about learning how to feel comfortable in front of the camera.  Just relax and trust in your photographer’s abilities.  He will be able to capture plenty of perfect moments for you whilst you are simply having some fun.

2.  Choose your location wisely.  Some couples choose to have their pre-wedding photo shoot at the place where their love story started or a place they love visiting.  Personally, I think couples should definitely consider their wedding venue for their pre-wedding photo shoot.  This will allow you to get to know the prime locations ready for your wedding day.

3.  Discuss the types of photos and poses you would like to achieve on your wedding day.  Remember that these images will be some of the most important in your life.  Not only will they capture your day, they will also capture your memories and tell the story of your big day.  Consider sunrise and sunset pictures, photos which show humour, those that depict your personality as a couple and don’t forget those that showcast your love for each other.

4.  The outfit you choose to wear should be based on the type of pictures you wish to achieve during the shoot.  We chose to wear casual clothing as we wanted to create a relaxed scene for our photos.  Avoid large prints/characters on t-shirts and opt for plain and bold colours if possible.  Consider your make-up and hair too, so that you can see how your wedding photos might look.

5.  Do something with your hands or consider props for your photo shoot.  Use boards or signs, balloons or bubbles or anything that reflects your shared interests.

Meet our Photographer ~ James Hill, This Life Photopraphy

Husband and Wife, James and Mieska are the founders of This Life Photography.  James has long had a passion for the camera and has many years experience photographing everything from portraits, weddings and sunsets to insects and baby toes.  Mieska has a degree in Graphic Design and 7 years advertising experience – behind the scenes she co-ordinates the ‘official stuff’ while James captures the moments in style, elegance and panache.

This Life Photography

We first met with our photographer by chance when we attended a local wedding fair, on a whim.  James was clearly very passionate about his photography and the work that he had on display was just beautiful.  We pretty much decided there and then, that he was the photographer for us.  Luckily, he was free for the date of our wedding.

James and Mieska travel around the UK, Ireland and South Africa capturing weddings, events and functions.  They have different package options available and are happy to discuss any ideas that would suit your own special day.

Visit This Life Photography online or visit their Facebook Page.  You’ll be glad that you did.

Lisa x


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  • Reply
    Margaret gallagher
    April 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Going to be a spectacular occasion
    An amazing photographer ⚘⚘⚘⚘

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks very much Margaret. Super excited x

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    Zena's Suitcase
    April 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    This took me right back to our pre wedding shoot. It was such fun and a really relaxed way to get used to the photographer and the camera. Your tips are perfect

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Ah thank you. I hope they prove useful for some 🙂 x

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    Lula Mercer
    April 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Great tips and beautiful photos!

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    Rhian Westbury
    April 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    These are beautiful photos, I bet it would be nice to meet the person who would be taking photos at your wedding to get a feel of what they’re like x

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Definitely! James, our photographer, is fab 🙂 x

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    Tracy Morgan
    April 5, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Gorgeous photos! Know what you mean about how special it is to get everyone in one photo – they are pictures to treasure! Best of luck on your big day x

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    Ana De- Jesus
    April 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I swear you have the most photogenic children . My favourite are the candid close ups, he is a great photographer x

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you Ana, Im so pleased with them 🙂 x

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    Lyndsey O'Halloran
    April 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I never even thought about having pre-wedding photos done but we got married abroad with no guests.

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Thankfully, our photographer offers them free to all his couples 😀 x

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    Cath - BattleMum
    April 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    You’ve got some lovely photos of your family. I was the only one to meet our photographer prior to our wedding but she was lovely and hubby was soon at ease on our big day. She captured some amazing photos for us and some where I didn’t even know she’d photographed us.

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Ah thats lovely! Its so important to get a good photographer I think. Its the one thing you shouldn’t cut costs on. x

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    Lisa Jane
    April 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Love these photos! You have captured some beautiful moments;)

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa – I love the photos of the boys x

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    Bryony Johnson
    April 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Lovely pictures, lovely memories. A great idea to have a shoot before getting married! Congratulations in advance of the big day!

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    Plutonium Sox
    April 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Oh wow, what amazing photos and a beautiful location. I do love outdoor photo shoots, they capture more than just people against a white background, they capture real moments and memories.

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Nat. Luckily, the weather was kind to us 🙂 x

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