Pre-Wedding shoot Tips

As your wedding day approaches, you might find yourself contemplating whether a pre-wedding shoot is necessary and how it differs from an engagement photoshoot. A pre-wedding shoot offers a unique, intimate opportunity to capture your love story in a more relaxed setting before the big day, unlike engagement shoots, which focus on capturing the moment of proposal and the immediate joy that follows. If you’re on the fence about opting for a pre-wedding shoot, read on for some invaluable tips to make your decision easier and ensure that if you do decide to go ahead, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Engagement Shoot vs. Pre-Wedding Shoot

  • Engagement Shoot: Captures the moment of proposal and the reactions. Ideal for Save The Date cards.
  • Pre-Wedding Shoot: A more intimate session that showcases the couple’s personality and love story in a thematic or dreamy setting.

Here are the tips to ensure your pre-wedding shoot is magical, along with IHarv Photo , can make your pre-wedding dreams come true:

TIP #1: FIND THE OUTFIT

Choose outfits that reflect both your style and comfort. Remember, our team at IHarv Photo can suggest stunning locations that complement your attire perfectly, making sure you look and feel amazing.

TIP #2: TRUST THE PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

With IHarv Photo, you’re in good hands. Our photographers and videographers are experts at capturing candid moments and crafting beautiful, visionary shots. Trust us to make your pre-wedding shoot truly remarkable.

TIP #3: THEMES

Whether you’re dreaming of a fairy-tale, cosplay, or luxury theme, IHarv Photo works closely with you to bring your vision to life. We help select the perfect location and coordinate every detail to reflect your chosen theme seamlessly.

TIP #4: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Our team at IHarv Photo has an extensive portfolio of breathtaking locations. From waterfalls to iconic city landmarks, we know the perfect spots that will make your pre-wedding shoot unforgettable.

TIP #5: FIND THE RIGHT LIGHT

We schedule your shoot to take advantage of the golden hour, ensuring your photos have a magical, ethereal quality. Trust us to find the perfect timing for those stunning, glowy backgrounds.

Tip #6: Males vs Females

Males:

  1. Get a tie and a bowtie. Doesn’t hurt to have options.
  2. Make sure your suit is tailored.
  3. Get neutral colors for your suits- gray, black, and navy are great.

Female:

  1. Get your hair and makeup done by a professional the morning of the pre-wedding shoot. Check out our site to get the best makeup and bridal hairstylist in San Francisco and other cities.
  2. Get a manicure to show off your ring pictures. 
  3. Get your ring cleaned.

Tip #7: Hydrate

You’ll be walking a lot and posing a lot. It won’t be long before you’re exhausted. Take at least two bottles of water so you can hydrate and stay alert. You don’t want to look tired during your shoot so hydrating is a must!

Tip #8: Bring Personality to Your Photos Through Props

Whether it be Scrabble pieces, a heart pillow, a personalized blanket, or any other sentimental item, bring it to the shoot! Ask your photographer to incorporate it somehow into the shots. Using props can be a great way to bring your personality to the shoot and give your pictures some life.

Tip #9: Bring Genuine Smiles

If you look closely, there’s a difference between a genuine smile and a posed smile. While this is a photoshoot, have fun with it. Remember why you fell in love with your partner and bring out a real smile. Don’t pose it for the pictures, but actually feel it.

Tip #10: Bring An Extra Pair of Comfortable Clothes

You made it to the end of your pre-wedding shoot! There’s probably nothing more you want to do than take off your formal clothes and slip into something more relaxed and comfortable. Bring an extra pair of clothes so you can do just that. You’ll feel more at ease and glad to be back in your own skin.

Tip #11: Prep Your Skin Before Hand

Females

You do not want to start your beauty preparations like facial, cleansing, and spa at the 11th hour. Schedule everything giving some gap in between. Do not rush and make decisions in haste. Take an appointment two to three weeks before the photoshoot. And avoid experimenting with new products on your face to keep away from any unexpected allergic reaction that doesn’t resolve in time.

Males

If you want to shave and want to have a more neat and clean look on the day of your photoshoot, do make time for it beforehand. In haste, do not shave or use a razor to avoid any accident. Not only girls, but we also see a lot of grooms-to-be prepping their skin. You can go to a beauty salon and get facials, cleaning, etc for that perfect glow for the photoshoot.

Tip #12: Say ‘NO’ to Bloating

Do not overeat before the day of the photoshoot, as this might give you a bloated and puffy face. Rather eat light and healthy to stay energized. Heavy meals can make you feel lazy and not full of energy, and we are certain, you do not want to be cranky on the day of the shoot. Drink a lot of water to flush out all the toxins for glowing skin the next day.

Tip #13: Get your Beauty Sleep

There is a reason it is called ‘Beauty Sleep’. The more you take rest the fresher and lively you will look in your pre-pictures.

Tip #14: Choose your Music

Do play some music while shooting. It adds an ambiance and sets the mood of the couple and the photographer too. Make a playlist having favorite songs of you two beforehand so that you do not have to waste a single moment in discussion on the d-day. Add some romantic numbers and if you both have ‘The song’, then definitely play it to set the romantic mood and get romantic photos. Play some peppy and happy songs for the candid moments, so that you can have those fun moments captured between you and your partner.

Tip #15: Don’t Forget to Pack Power Banks and Chargers

Charge your phones and cameras a day before. We do not want our phones and camera batteries to go out, which it will at some point. Carry an extra power bank, batteries, and chargers because you will definitely need them. It will be a long day and you do not want to mess up the session if the camera batteries go down. Ask the photographer to carry extra batteries and memory cards so they do not have to delete anything at that moment. The photographer will have enough moments to capture that you can look back even after years of being together with your one and only.

Tip #16: Pack Some Snacks and First Aid

We know you must be thinking why first aid! If you have chosen some outdoor location like a forest area or a beach with a rough surface or rocks lying around and while shooting, if one of you gets hurt, the first aid will come in handy. Pack some quick bites like biscuits, chips, nuts, etcetera, avoid packing heavy meals though. In the middle of the shoot keep drinking water and munching these snacks so you don’t get exhausted early. It will be a long day and let’s not forget all the walking and posing you will be doing multiple times to capture the perfect shots. It does take energy for all these, so snacks will help in these times.

Tip #17: Plan a Schedule

If you have more than one outfit change and the chosen location is a vast place, plan a schedule. Make a list of when you will change the outfit and where. If there are pictures on the internet of the location, mark the places where you would like to go and pose for the shoot. Trust us, it will save a lot of time. With outfits too, make a list of when you would wear what, and that way you can plan accordingly with the location and time in mind. This is especially important if you are planning for a shoot outside of your city.

Tip #18: Pack Battery Operated Fans

Shooting outdoors? The sun is shining bright and the photographer asked you to pose immediately because certain lighting caught his/her attention and now you are sweating in mid-shot, and you can’t even clean the sweat with tissues as it will take out the makeup. So for situations like these, pack those small hand battery fans. It will not only help to dry those beads of sweat but also help you cool down too.

Tip #19: Do Carry Make-up and Extra Safety Pins

Girls, do not hesitate to carry your make-up and extra clips and pins with you. You never know when you’re gonna need it and even the guys do need a touch-up. You never know how to pose and how the photographer would want the outfit to look. Here, pins and clips can come in use to hold the outfit in a place just like the way you or the photographer want.

Tip #20: Include your Middlemen

There is always someone who is the reason behind your first meeting or someone who played an important role in your relationship. And whenever you start telling your story, you mention them otherwise your story would be incomplete. It can be your friend, cousin or your siblings, or both the best friend of the two sides. I mean best friends know anything and everything about your relationship after you two, right? So why not include them in your pre-wedding shoot?

Tip #21: Include your Paw-some Buddy

If you have your pet and you both are animal lovers, make them a part of your pre-wedding shoot. These furry friends will make your photos look more spectacular, candid, and undeniably adorable. And if you guys planned to adopt one at the beginning of your marriage journey then definitely include the little one to make it more special and memorable.

TIP #22: EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT!

At IHarv Photo, we encourage you to explore new ideas. Our photographers/videographers are creative professionals who love to collaborate and bring unique visions to life. Trust in our expertise and be open to experimentation for truly unique and personal photographs.

A Pre-wedding shoot with IHarv Photo isn’t just about taking photos and Video; it’s an experience designed to celebrate your journey together in anticipation of your big day. With our professional guidance and personalized approach, we ensure your pre-wedding shoot captures the essence of your love story in the most beautiful, meaningful way possible. If you have any questions or need further advice, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let’s make your pre-wedding shoot as magical and memorable as your love story deserves to be.

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