Make time for a pre-wedding shoot

By Bride and Groom 17 June 2016

Feeling comfortable with a photographer is important to ensure your wedding photos adequately reflect the special day; capturing the joy, celebration and fun. Gaining popularity with couples and photographers alike is the practice of prewedding photo shoots, relaxed sessions which allow both parties to become familiar with one another and determine the style of the desired images. 

Shepparton photographer Lisa Nardella is one of a growing number of professionals offering this service to clients. Most couples are happy to let photographers choose the location for the low-key casual shoots which result in quality images suitable for use on save-the date cards, invitations, guest books or wedding day decorations. “Photographers can spend up to 10 hours with the couple on the wedding day. We’re almost an extension of the bridal party so it’s important we all feel comfortable with one another,” Lisa said. “I started the pre-wedding ‘love sessions’ because there were some occasions I would only deal with the bride and the first time I met the groom was on the wedding day.” Lisa said some prospective grooms were reluctant to be involved initially but had given positive feedback after the shoot. From a photographer’s perspective the pre-wedding sessions determine how much direction the couple may need and how best to approach them on what can be a busy and stressful day.

Abby Bell and Rhys Conti

Newly-engaged Shepparton couple Abby Bell and Rhys Conti had reservations about participating in their scheduled pre-wedding photo shoot. “We were really nervous; having professional photos taken is just not us. Rhys especially is even more camera-shy than I am,” Abby said. But photographer Lisa Nardella managed to put the couple at ease and captured some beautiful relaxed images as the sun set. “The session only took about half an hour. It was very low-key, we didn’t feel any pressure to pose or awkwardly hold hands,” Abby said. She said they were confident the emotion and excitement of their November wedding would be reflected in Lisa’s photos. “It was well worth it, now we’re really looking forward to having the photos taken on our wedding day.”  

Faye and David Matarese

Images from Tatura’s Faye and David Matarese’s pre-wedding photo shoot played a prominent part at their wedding reception at Mitchelton Winery. The beautiful photos, taken by Lisa Nardella, were used on the bomboniere cards to thank guests and were enlarged onto canvas for display on the gift table. According to Faye the photo shoot was a valuable experience. “Having the photos taken prior to the wedding really helped break the ice. It also gave us the opportunity to have input to some of the photos we wanted taken on the day,” Faye said. “We were able to get used to the different requirements a photographer has and it gave us a great idea of what was needed, from us, on the wedding day. “It was a fantastic experience. 

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