In the lead up to a wedding photography job, I visit the venue to check out the lighting and (ideally with the couple) identify good locations for the group and couple pictures. I also now offer pre-wedding photoshoots (sometimes called ‘engagement shoots’) as a standard part of my wedding photography ‘packages’. I find this a great way to get to know a couple better, so they can learn to relax with me and we can get used to working together. This leads to more natural results on the wedding day itself. And, of course, the pre-wedding shoot itself should produce some sweet pictures for the couple.
Last weekend I ‘killed two birds with one stone’ by combining a venue visit and pre-wedding shoot, by photographing my couple while we looked around Torre Abbey – where they’ll be getting married in November.
The beautiful undercroft, where they’ll be having their ceremony, is pretty dark so on their day I’ll secrete a couple of flash stands in the corners to brighten the room. Otherwise I’m likely to get grainy shots from ISO 5000 or thereabouts. They’ll be having a candlelit ceremony, which is going to look amazing. Obviously my flashes need to add to the candlelight without overwhelming it, in order to keep the beautiful ambience.
After checking out the undercroft, we had a good walk around the interior and then the gardens of the abbey, getting a few pictures on the way. Torre Abbey has beautiful stone and green arches and stone ruins, that make great image settings.
Roll on November!