Tips For A Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

May 3, 2021

It’s getting closer to your wedding and you’re probably wondering “Do I need to do a pre-wedding shoot?” How is that different than an engagement photo shoot. Read on below to see if a pre-wedding shoot is right for you and some tips that we have to make it absolutely magical. But first:

What is the Difference Between Engagement Shoot and Pre-Wedding Shoot?

An engagement shoot is more to capture the moments of your engagement. That surprise shot when he pops the question, the part where you’re jumping with joy when your parents come out from behind, the ring shot. These are the moments that are captured by your engagement shoot. It’s a way to announce your relationship to the world and hence most pictures from the engagement shoot are used for Save The Date cards. Pre-wedding photo shoots happen much later. It can be a great way to test out your photographer before your actual wedding day as well. This shoot is more elaborate and formal and hence you’ll see some breathtaking shots. With your amazing attire and gorgeous backdrops, these pictures are meant to be more intimate. Since a majority of your wedding pictures will most likely be with friends and family, pre-wedding shoots are just you and your significant other.

Tip #1: Find the Outfit

As pre-weddings shoots are a great way to test your photographer’s creativity, go all out on your outfit. The dress or tuxedo you’ve been eyeing for ages- now is your chance to get it! Make sure your outfit is flattering, but comfortable in a way that makes you feel like you. Ladies and Gents, bring a pair of your flip flops or comfortable shoes, along with your formal shoes, as you’ll be walking a lot.

Tip #2: Trust the Photographer

This is a chance for your photographer to really go all out and capture shots that are visionary. Trust their work. Have a few poses that you want to do as part of your session, but leave the rest to the photographer. Keep in mind that on your wedding day, you will not be able to tell your photographer what you want all the time. This is a great way for them to impress you with their candid shots and for you also to see their work and what they’re capable of doing.

Pic provided by Amrit Photography

Tip #3: Themes

What are your fantasies and interests? Do you want a whimsical photoshoot where there are fairy lights everywhere and it gives a more romantic vibe? Are you interested in Cosplay and want to shoot in costumes? Or are you looking for more of a glamorous and luxurious session? Whatever your vibe is, plan it accordingly with your significant other and photographer. Once you have a theme, coordinate outfits with your partner so you match. Having a theme will also help in selecting the right location for your pre-wedding shoot.

Tip #4: Location, Location, Location

Find a location that is set to wow you over the years. Waterfalls, bridges, destination shoots, nothing is off-limits. Scout out a few places with your significant other and take in suggestions from your photographer on past pre-wedding shoots they’ve done. Scope out cool places in your area or even look to Pinterest for some inspiration.

Tip #5: Find the Right Light

Whatever you’ve heard about Golden Hour is true! Schedule your photography session on a sunny day, at least an hour to an hour and a half before golden hour. Golden hour is usually the hour before the sun sets. Taking pictures takes time and before you know it the sun will be in the right place and you will have that perfect golden background.

Pic provided by Sapan Ahuja Photography

Tip #6: Males vs Females


  1. Get a tie and a bowtie. Doesn’t hurt to have options.
  2. Make sure your suit is tailored.
  3. Get neutral colors for your suits- gray, black, navy are great.


  1. Get your hair and makeup done by a professional the morning of the pre-wedding shoot. Check out our site to get the best makeup and bridal hair stylist in San Francisco and other cities.
  2. Get a manicure to show off your ring pictures.
  3. Get your ring cleaned.

Tip #7: Hydrate

You’ll be walking a lot and posing a lot. It won’t be long before you’re exhausted. Take at least two bottles of water so you can hydrate and stay alert. You don’t want to look tired during your shoot so hydrating is a must!

Tip #8: Bring Personality to Your Photos Through Props

Whether it be Scrabble pieces, a heart pillow, a personalized blanket, or any other sentimental item, bring it to the shoot! Ask your photographer to incorporate it somehow into the shots. Using props can be a great way to bring your personality to the shoot and give your pictures some life.

Pic Provided by Bride: Rashi Kadakia

Tip #9: Bring Genuine Smiles

If you look closely, there’s a difference between a genuine smile and a posed smile. While this is a photo shoot, have fun with it. Remember why you fell in love with your partner and bring out a real smile. Don’t pose it for the pictures, but actually feel it.

Tip #10: Bring An Extra Pair of Comfortable Clothes

You made it to the end of your pre-wedding shoot! There’s probably nothing more you want to do then take off your formal clothes and slip into something more relaxed and comfortable. Bring an extra pair of clothes so you can do just that. You’ll feel more at ease and glad to be back in your own skin.

Have more tips that couples should know about, contact us to let us know!

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