Planning your engagement photos
Planning Your Pre-Wedding Photoshoot
With all the effort and expenses that go into wedding planning, having a pre-nuptial photoshoot might seem like an unnecessary endeavor. But don't write off the idea just yet. Pre-wedding photoshoots are actually a great way to showcase your love story and celebrate the life you're about to live as a couple. No need to worry if you're camera shy, because this session is also a chance for you to get comfortable with your poses before your big day.
So, let our team guide you in planning your dream pre-wedding photoshoot.
Choose a concept
Remember, this is your opportunity to tell a story — whether it's a deeply personal tale or something you'd like to do just for fun. While some couples like to keep it straightforward and have a typical studio shoot, there are tons of other creative ideas you can try. Take your cue from this Toronto couple who did a 1970s-themed shoot in their home — complete with retro wallpaper and oversized vintage glasses. Despite the simplicity of their concept, they were able to execute it in the best way and showcase their personalities and interests. Meanwhile, another couple chose to go with an NBA theme, recreating iconic league moments for their engagement photos. The sky's the limit when it comes to ideas.
Find a good photographer
Sometimes, it's not enough to work with just anybody who knows how to operate a camera. For something as special as your pre-wedding shoot, it's important to find a photographer who you're comfortable with. And just like with your significant other, you both have to have some chemistry with your photographer. Don't forget, this person will be the one to help bring your vision to life. Our team here at Astray Photography does more than just capture your special day — we keep organic memories alive forever through memorable photos you'll keep for years to come, ensuring you look back on them with a smile.
Plan your outfits
While your clothes will likely rely on your final concept, it's important to put care into choosing your pre-wedding outfits, which can either make or break your photos altogether. For the bride-to-be, try to avoid distracting designs or monotonous black and white. Woman Within's range of dresses provide a fool-proof ensemble, with their fresh florals and vibrant colors. They're sure to add life to your pictures without commanding too much attention, whether you're frolicking in a field or sitting at the beach. And for the groom, this is your chance to showcase your style and sleek taste. Mr. Porter's wide selection of menswear offers a variety of luxury and street pieces, transforming anyone from dull to dapper — a fitting look for a groom.
Select your location
Around the country, there’s no shortage of photogenic locations that will make for some amazing backdrops. The LA Times recommends locations like the romantic Old Westbury Gardens in New York, the scenic Cherokee Ranch & Castle in Denver, the historic Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and more. But of course, it’s different if you have a special attachment to a place, even if you think it won’t look as good in photos. Whether it’s a diner where you had your first date or the old high school where you first sat next to each other, the right photographer can help you make it work.
More than anything, remember that the purpose of your pre-wedding shoot is so you can preserve fond memories and look back on them with joy. Don't focus too much on what to post on social media. Instead, try to have as much fun as you can with it. During the shoot, don't be afraid to laugh with your partner, say a joke or two, and get silly. After all, this is your special day and no one else's. Enjoy it!