What is a pre-wedding shoot?

The pre-wedding shoot helps you to get to know your photographers and how they work. Photographers also can get to know you a bit more.

A couple of weeks ago I was guest blogging for the amazing Herefordshire wedding venue – Brinsop Court. I thought it would be good to share that topic with you. So, here it is, originally blogged on: BRINSOP COURT WEDDINGS website.

Engagement photography

There are some really good reasons to have a pre-wedding shoot but many couples are sometimes confused. They say ‘we don’t need the engagement shoot, we’re already engaged’.  But a pre-wedding shoot actually helps you prepare for your wedding day…

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Here’s five good reasons behind having a pre-wedding shoot


  1. You’ll get to know your wedding photographer a bit better. This really helps you to be much more relaxed on your wedding day. Your photos will be better because you will be and LOOK more relaxed.
  2. You’ll get to practise some posing. Not much because we aren’t big fans of posing. But you’ll have some practical knowledge of how to look best on your wedding pictures. And you can always tell us which poses you didn’t really like.
  3. You’ll spend about an hour with your fiancée. You will be chatting, laughing, hugging and kissing each other. So engagement shoots might be counted as a form of a good anti-stress therapy, right?
  4. You’ll get some really nice pictures from the time you were engaged. Photos are memories and it’s really good to have those pre-wedding memories too. Maybe you’ll want to use the photos to create your save the date cards or signing boards?
  5. You’ll be left inspired and even more excited about your wedding day! And most importantly – relieved that a photo shoot can actually be fun. The shoot will motivate you to look for more wedding photography ideas and that will result in having even better wedding images. You will also know that when the wedding day comes – wedding photography is one of the things you don’t have to worry about.


It is really useful to have a pre-wedding shoot. It really helps you get used to the camera. Any experience is good because otherwise you might feel a bit tense on your wedding day.

We want you to enjoy your day and the engagement shoot is a way of getting rid of that unnecessary stress of ‘posing in front of the camera’. If you want to know more about Marta May’s engagement photography, follow those links:

Connect with us

If you are thinking of having your own pre-wedding shoot, why not get in touch with us? We could organize a nice shoot for you. Let us know if you’re interested.