Well, it’s been a hot minute since I last shared an engagement shoot on my blog. Sophia & Tyler’s beautiful Pisa couple shoot seems a good one to start with!
Since these guys lived in the US, the first chance I actually got to meet them was in Italy the day before their destination wedding. In fact, this is often the case with my destination wedding couples! We met at their wedding venue, Villa di Ulignano, which was great because it also gave me the chance to scope it out before the wedding day itself. (I’ll be sharing their wedding on the blog soon as well, so watch this space!)
Why Have a Pre-Wedding Shoot?
Your wedding photographer plays a crucial role in capturing the essence of your special day. The pre-wedding shoot gives you an opportunity to see how they work, understand their style, and establish a comfortable rapport. By spending this time together, you’ll build trust and feel more at ease, resulting in more natural photographs. Not to mention removing any camera-shyness on the wedding day itself!
Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t professional models and might feel a tad awkward in front of the camera. The pre-wedding shoot acts as a dress rehearsal for the big day, allowing you to practice poses and figure out your best angles. You’ll learn how to relax, be yourselves, and forget about the camera, which will undoubtedly reflect in your wedding photos.
Pisa Couple Shoot at Villa di Ulignano
For Sophia & Tyler’s pre-wedding shoot we wandered the grounds of their beautiful wedding venue, a 17th century Italian villa set amongst the rolling Tuscan hills and olive groves. What I loved about photographing the couple shoot and wedding at the same location was having to be more creative to come up with some different shot ideas for each, for the best variety of photos.
Another option for destination wedding couples would be to use the pre-wedding shoot I include within my package as an opportunity to explore another part of whatever country you’re in. I mean, you chose your destination for a reason, right? Why not make the most of it! A destination wedding day can often mean a pretty tight schedule due to the later ceremony times, and there might be a certain spot you love but is too far to be able to travel there for couple portraits on the day. Having your pre-wedding session there would give you the best of both worlds!
Fancy a Destination Couple Shoot for Yourself?
I’m always updating my Destination page with my future travel plans. So if you want to meet me for a destination couple shoot take a look and see where I’m headed! No need for you to pay any extra for my travel/accommodation costs if it’s somewhere I’ll already be. Get in touch and let’s figure something out!