Pre-wedding photoshoots in Rutland: Why, Where & When

Pre-wedding shoots, pre-wedding photography sessions, couple shoot, engagement photography are just some of the terms given for a photoshoot with your chosen wedding photographer before the wedding day. I call them ‘pre-wedding shoots’ and these pre-wedding shoots take place in and around Rutland or nearby in Stamford, Peterborough & Leicestershire. Heck – I have even been known to have a pre-wedding shoot in Romford!

I love them and you and your fiancée should to. Most people when booking me will go for this optional extra, in fact it’s pretty rare they don’t. This is not because my couples love the camera, far from it. In fact, knowing they hate being in front of the camera is one of the reasons they plonk themselves right in front of it, especially before the wedding day. How come? Read on….

couple standing side by side holding each other looking out Rutland water

man woman on sofa embraced woman laughing man whispering in ear

Why should I have a pre-wedding shoot?

The wedding day will be nerve wrecking enough as it is, don’t add to it with anxiety over having your photos taken. You won’t get to do that day again and if you look back through your wedding photographs finding you looked and felt awkward in front of the camera, you’ll regret it. Getting natural wedding photographs is all in the feeling – it’s about feeling natural and relaxed. A pre-wedding photo shoot is a fabulous way to get to know me and the way I work. Getting to know me, your wedding photographer, means you feel more comfortable and less self-conscious on the wedding day when I am clicking away. In turn, this means you get those relaxed wedding photographs that you desperately desire.

It works for me too as I get to know you and your fiancée a little bit more. I get to find out about which is your best side, how to get the smiles and most of all, how I can get you to ignore me!

A pre-wedding photography shoot in and around picturesque Rutland is bloody good way to spend an hour wrapped up in each other. Forget work, forget the bills, forget your phone and forget the wedding planning. Have a date. Have a laugh. Have a right good cuddle. It’s just a really good idea.

You can use the photos too! Loads of couples use the photos from a pre-wedding shoot in the run up to the wedding. They make for a cute display on the wedding day, are used on the invites or used as a design for personalised thank you cards. There are a gazillion stationary based ideas. If that doesn’t float your boat then just go print them and FRAME them. That’s what photos are for!

couple embraced at Rutland reservoir shore

couple sitting on stairs by door to house on street with railings and colourful houses Camden

couple embraced with hands around neck waist by water Barnsdale Rutland

Where should I have my pre-wedding shoot?

The possibilities are endless. More often than not, I strongly recommend the actual wedding venue where you will be getting married on your wedding day in Rutland and surrounding areas. It is a great idea to check the wedding venue and to establish your favourite spots both inside and out. We can see what will work with the light we will have and even come up with a British weather contingency plan, because we’ll need one.

Another location for a pre-wedding shoot I suggest is somewhere that is personal and means something to you or just a place you really like the look of in Rutland. We are spoilt for choice around here. There are some absolutely gorgeous landscapes in and around Rutland. Many places are quiet too which is a bonus for the camera shy. I am also happy to do pre-wedding photography in Stamford. I can get to Peterborough for a couples photo session and can do most areas in Leicestershire for a pre-wedding shoot too. These pre-wedding shoots could even be at home or where you walk the dog! I am building up a good old list of hot photography spots so do ask if you need a little help.

couple embraced head to head sitting on sofa

woman standing in front of man looking at camera man looking away Normanton Church Rutland

When should I get a pre-wedding shoot?

I do pre-wedding photography sessions on Sundays throughout the year. At various times of the year I open up my diary for weekday sessions and there are a few odd Saturdays when they can be scheduled in. They do need advance booking so when you decide to book them, do not hesitate to arrange a date. I recommend getting the photos done about 4-6 weeks before the wedding. If, however, you need the photos for ‘save the dates’ or invites etc then you may need to book it in earlier.

Have a look here at some of the pre-wedding shoots that I have photographed. I guarantee you these are real life couples and NOT models. All were camera shy at first but couldn’t give two hoots about me by the end of the session. Just the way I like it (well – only when I am holding the camera).

couple standing hip to hip talking arms wrapped around each other outdoor park

couple hugging face to face while woman leans back camden bridge in background

man giving woman piggy back ride both laughing

The key to getting unposed wedding photography that you are going to truly cherish happens when you feel comfortable and confident. A pre-wedding shoot helps you do just this. Just treat the hour as a wedding day rehearsal. Eliminate the stress – why get anxious when you can totally avoid it by feeling more in control and prepared?

If you are after more tips on how to get those natural relaxed looking wedding day photographs then head over here to read my blog ‘How to get natural wedding photography – top 5 tips for the camera shy getting married’.

man leaning against tree woman holding him laughing

couple walking by pink house with black railings Camden

man holding woman from behind looking into eyes sunset in back



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