Pre Wedding Shoots – what, why, where and what do we wear?!

So you’ve booked your wedding photographer, what’s next?

I include a pre wedding shoot with all my full wedding packages, what’s a pre shoot I hear you ask! Well, a pre shoot is my own way of getting to know you, I want to see what you guys are like in front of the camera, I get an insight as to who you are as a couple. For you guys, see it as a practice run, a chance to see what it’s like to be photographed professionally. I understand for many people this will be their first experience with a photographer, so it’s great to get rid of any possible nerves or awkwardness, I don’t bite, I promise! Not forgetting that you’ll get some photographs at the end of it!

V+D, Hemsted Forest.


Where would you like to hold it?

Your venue – Some people can use their wedding venues, if they allow of course. a great way to show me your favourite spots too, be aware that your venue may be super busy so we’ll be restricted as to when we’ll be allowed in, it’s worth an ask though if you’d like to have it there!

My favourite Locations – I have a list of my favourite locations, you would have got them in an email after you book me for your wedding photography, some of them are Hemsted Forest in Cranbrook, Hothfield Common near Ashford and Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

Your favourite places – It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes my couples suggest their own homes, gardens, or a favourite walk of theirs. I am open to exploring new places!


Time of year – My diary is open for pre wedding shoots October – April, with limited dates available through May – September. It depends on what you’ve got in mind for your shoot as to when you’d like it, autumn makes for beautiful colours and golden light whereas spring you’ve got florals and natural colourful surroundings.

Time of week – Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm is my typical availability with one weekend date a month up for grabs too (I can usually fit 2/3 shoots in on this day though!) throughout the lighter months I may have evenings availability for golden hour shoots too.

What do you need to do?

Once you’ve booked me as your photographer, get in touch to book in your pre shoot, and ask any questions you may have!

What to wear? – I get asked this, a lot. I have no hard and fast rules, although I recommend staying clear of bold patterns or logo’s which can age fast. I recommend sticking to your own style, even if you buy a new outfit for the occasion, don’t try to look like somebody else! TOP TIP – ensure your outfits compliment each other, take a look online at some examples of pre wedding shoots and it could give you an idea as to what would work for you!

Bringing kids or pets with you? – No problem, the more the merrier! However bring another adult with you, somebody who can help with them whilst you get some on your own too. I am all for turning it into a family shoot, however this is an opportunity to get that photo practice for you as a couple.

Here’s some shots I’ve taken over the last year