With changing times the wedding trends and especially the wedding photography trends and styles have also changed and changed for better. There is more awareness today and modern couples do not meet on the wedding day after their first formal arranged meeting. There is usually a courtship period when the couples can meet and interact for better understanding which helps build up a strong relationship as they get married. Getting a Pre Wedding shoot has picked up so much that it has become almost an additional wedding ceremony before the formal wedding. A lot of couples prefer a destination wedding in India or abroad. Both the Families and their relatives travel to a destination and the wedding takes place in an exotic resort, a Royal palace or a beautiful beach. Reaching there a few days or a day earlier gives a good opportunity to do an extended pre wedding shoot on the new location with new backdrops of a fort or a beach.
The couple was photographed by "Together We Rock" at Tikli Bottom in Delhi NCR
A pre wedding shoot not only gives the couple a chance to interact with each other but they also get to know the Photographer and his or her team as well. This rapport with the team eventually helps during the actual wedding and everything goes smoothly as planned.
This is the time when you can freely discuss your ideas and concepts with the photographer. Once the photographer knows what is going on in your mind, he can suggest you the whole plan for the pre weddig shoot accordingly. You may go for a more elaborate shoot with a lot of costume changes in a Bollywood style along with a grand location or you may go for something more personal and intimate in a simple cozy and warm setting. Your pre wedding shoot can be more on the Fun side or more on the romantic side. Ofcourse it can be good combination of both.
However, creative or good your wedding photographer may be, it's always a good idea to discuss your viewpoint with him. After all he is shooting for you and not for himself. Discuss the kind of phoographs you like and how you visualise yourself to be in your pre wedding shoot. You may want to go for what a lot of other couples have been going for or you may want to do it your own way. You may be more inclined towards Photography as compared to the video or vice versa.
You are not models, so the photographer can't dictate the poses and concepts to you. All these things must come naturally to you and a good Photographer will be able to pick up the best in you. It's more of an art and you should trust your wedding photographer for this. A good photographer should be able to make you both comfortable and help you get the right expressions and postures, which compliment your own personality.
A lot of young couples love to add a pre wedding film as well. This may have Candid and spontaneous interviews or very well prepared speeches. Be natural. Candid is always better and you will relish it more in years to come.
The Pre wedding Film may revolve around close chemistry of the couple. Or this may be choreographed around a famous bollywood or Hollywood number of the couples choice. This can be shot along with the photographs or on a separate day exclusively kept for the film. A lot of factors play a role here. How much time you have in hand. How much are you planning to spend? what exactly are you looking for? Discuss these points with your Photography and videography team and they should be able to guide you with all the details. Some of the common locations in Delhi for a Pre wedding shoot are Lodhi garden, Hauz Khas Village, Humayun's tomb but these places certainly can be very crowded and generally not very comfortable for the couple. Since these cane be very crowded especially on a weekend a lot of people prefer foreign locations in Europe or nearby Thailand. Quite a few specific locations have come up in delhi NCR specially for Pre Wedding shoots. These can be hired for your pre wedding shoot and you get all the privacy needed to pose in front of the camera. Some of the well known ones are Studio Future Forward, The Perfect Location, Tikli Bottom, Picture Destination, Love city. There are various sets available at these locations and one can shoot at any of these which the couple likes. The storyline , clothes and theme can be worked out around the sets which are available and these can be pre planed to save on time on the day of the pre wedding shoot.
Humayun's tomb was the location for this pre wedding shoot.
The video above was shot at The picture Destination in Delhi NCR.