The shots above are from a pre-wedding shoot taken during an evening stroll in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.



My guide to pre-wedding shoots.


For the majority of a wedding day my photography is documentary/ candid and I won’t be asking you or your guests to pose – you simply indulge in your celebrations whilst I capture it all for you. Most couples do however set aside time in their wedding plans for a bride and groom portrait session and that’s where a pre-wedding photo shoot can help (sometimes called an engagement shoot). The shoot acts like a kind of rehearsal, giving you experience of how a shoot works and therefore helping you both feel at ease on your wedding day. I like to keep the shoots natural and relaxed but, hey… if you have any ideas/ concepts you want to try just get in touch and we can talk them through. By the time of your wedding day you’ll have seen the results of your pre-wedding session, filling you with extra confidence and excitement about how great your wedding day photos will be! From my perspective the shoot gives me prior knowledge of how shy/ relaxed/ affectionate/ extroverted etc you are together and therefore helps me plan your wedding day shoot to suit.

The shoot isn’t all about rehearsal of course, the session ultimately creates stunning photos for you to treasure – you don’t even need to be getting married to book one! I’ve seen the final images used in all sorts of creative ways including for wedding invitations or as part of a signing book at the wedding reception.

Options for the location of a pre-wedding shoot are broad with a local beauty spot being a good choice (something the Derbyshire Peak District isn’t short of!). You could even consider your wedding venue; shooting there can give us the opportunity to discuss ideas, plans and timings relevant to the main event.

I offer pre-wedding shoots as optional extras available to everyone. For more information just get in touch I’ll be very happy to hear from you.



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