Ranson and West

Confessions of a Suffolk Photographer – Wedding pre-shoot

Top 10 Tips – Wedding pre-shoot

A wedding can take months and sometimes years to plan and receiving beautiful images of your wedding day to cherish and share, makes all your hard work worthwhile.  For many couples it’s often the first time you’ve been faced with professional cameras, this can be a daunting experience.  A pre-wedding shoot is a fantastic solution to get used to being in front of the camera so you can focus on enjoying your special day.  Take a look at our tips for getting the best from your pre-wedding shoot.


1  We recommend that the location you choose to have your pre-wedding shoot is quiet and peaceful, especially if you’re not used to being photographed in front of a professional camera.  We love to use our local woods in Edwardstone Suffolk, the lighting is beautiful and surrounded by stunning countryside.  Once you’ve walked around the woods, you’ll feel relaxed, energised and forgotten all about the camera’s.  This is when we capture the most natural and special moments of you both.

2  This is a practice shoot for your wedding but it’s also an ideal opportunity to get some really lovely pictures of you both during this exciting time.  Dress in clothes that you feel comfortable in and really love, so you can take advantage of this extra shoot and get some great prints.  Also, dress appropriately for the season, feeling cold during a winter shoot will come across in your pictures.  Discuss with each other what you would like to wear and avoid clashing colours or styles that don’t blend well.

Use your time wisely
3  Google image other pre-wedding shoots and get some ideas.  It’s a great opportunity to practice those more intimate poses, the embrace, holding hands, kissing in front of the camera, so you feel more relaxed, ready for your wedding day.

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4  Facial expressions are one of the most important aspects when creating beautiful images and the camera rarely lies.  If you are feeling nervous or you’re not comfortable in front of the camera, it will show.  We spend a lot of time on this area, looking at the eyes and facial expressions to ensure the true you (rather than the nurvous you) shines through.

A special gift
5  We love pre-wedding shoots and include the edited images as part of your wedding package.  For an extra special touch, we print out one of the images and your guests receive a print as a lovely gift.  The back of the print has all the login details to view your wedding pictures on our online gallery.

When to book
6  Book your pre-wedding shoot during the same season as your wedding, one or two months prior is ideal.  The lighting conditions are more likely to be similar and you can begin to get a feel for the colours and tones of your wedding pictures.   Morning and afternoon shoots are best during the summer months, to avoid the midday sun.


Know your photographer
7  This is an idea opportunity to get to know your photographer, take advantage of this time with them and come with lots of questions and any ideas you’d like to try.  This is the time we can get creative and see what works for you.

Have fun
8  Nearly everyone we photograph begins with the words ‘we don’t like our picture being taken’ or ‘I always look horrible in pictures’ – The photographer is there to put you at ease, so have fun with it!  The more you both relax and enjoy your shoot, the better the pictures you’ll receive.

9  Practice makes perfect, take what you’ve learnt from the photo shoot and practice.   We are more likely to have our picture taken with a phone rather than a camera.  Dust the cobwebs off your camera and start taking pictures, practice those facial expressions!

Come prepared
10  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, the more your photographer gets to know you and your partner and has an understanding about what you would like to achieve from your photographer, the better the results you’ll receive.

If you have any questions about a pre-wedding shoot or would like to book an appointment, please get in touch – nicky@ransonandwest.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you.


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