What is the logic of pre wedding shoot?
Most of the wedding photographers being more interested in making some quick money would obviously promote the growing trend of pre-wedding shoots. I do not think if they would ever question why people go for pre-wedding shoots till the time they have to get it done for themselves or someone in their family. So, why do people spend so much on a pre-wedding shoot? Is it an unnecessary expense? Does it add any value?
You may argue yes it does add value by creating some good memories. So my next question to you is, when do you know some memories have been created? Is it just by spending a few hours in a garden/park or striking a pose before a monument fort palace? I really do not get this. To me, good memories are created when you spend some quality time with each other when you go for a trip together when you engage in your favorite sport or fun activities when you both are your natural self when you do not have the pressure to look visually appealing to the camera or pretend to be cool. And this is where my concept of the pre-wedding shoot begins. As usual, for the purpose of writing this post, I will assume that I am getting married next month and I need to decide whether or not to go for a pre-wedding shoot. And if at all, I decided to go for such shoot, how would I want my pre-wedding shoot to be?
Utility Aspect : I would want the wedding dates to be known and publicized to all my relatives and friends much before the formal invitation card reaches them. An informal intimation so well in advance may help them book their tickets at a cheaper rate or get confirmed reservations. That is more convenient and cost-effective, is not it? Further, this will also help them know who I am getting married to my face.
Memories Aspect: I will never go for a pre-wedding shoot just because almost everyone is doing it and it has become a popular trend. I would go for such a shoot only when the photographer is keen on knowing our story how we met for the first time our likes and dislikes; hobbies and interests, etc. This may help the photographer know us better and become more like a friend, than just a photographer. I would ideally expect him to set up at least one meeting with us to know about our requirements, preferences, and most importantly our comfort level and adjust his photography style accordingly. This is to ensure that I get some thoughtful images that have got some correlation with our lives, story, or past events, instead of few clich pictures.
On the day of the shoot, I would expect him to spend ample time with us so that he can capture natural candid moments, especially when we are not aware. The idea here is to capture the chemistry between us and not just the cover page of the chemistry book. This will come, only when we are comfortable around the photographer and think of him more as a friend than merely a service provider.
Fun Aspect : Pre-wedding shoots are complete fun if you can club it with an outstation trip to some interesting places. Such a place need not necessarily be a range of mountains, cascading waterfalls, or serene beaches. It can just be a village fair, flower market, amusement park, a Dhaba along the highway, and the like. After all, a good photographer's job is to create magic out of the simple, ordinary, underrated pleasures of life. That is what they get paid for. Is not it? Therefore, I would prefer my pre-wedding shoot to be more of a fun trip, a trip that we will always remember and preserve as your finest memories from that time.
Visual and Comfort Aspects: Wedding is not the time when you can turn up in your favorite pair of denim or some other cool outfit. A pre-wedding shoot gives us the freedom to wear what we want and be in our most comfortable and stylish outfit. Here, we do not need to wear heavy make-ups or styling done. This makes us look our usual self without much pomp and show. Similarly, wedding is not the time when you can get so cozy with each other, especially before so many elderly figures, relatives and friends. Pre-wedding shoot is the time when we can have more physical proximity and strike more natural, unrestrained, and fun-filled acts and gestures. Further, this will also help us be more comfortable around each other at the time of our wedding.
Test Run Aspect : I would ideally prefer to put my wedding photographer on a test run before my actual wedding day through a brief pre-wedding shoot. His portfolio of past work may be great but he never clicked us together and we have not seen it for real. Basically, I will prefer to not risk my wedding day photographs on a person whose work I have not seen for real. Appearances may be deceptive you never know.