What Exactly is a 'Get To Know You Shoot'?
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Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post. Here's a question: other than when having fun with selfies on your own or with friends, how often do you have your photograph taken? Especially by a pro? I'm guessing that not many of you. This could explain why most couples who book me to be their wedding photographer will say that they sometimes feel uncomfortable and nervous in front of camera - a perfectly understandable feeling to have. This of course is not how I would want people to feel on their actual wedding day. Granted, there are people out there who enjoy being in front of a camera, however from my experience I believe they are in the minority.
This is one reason why a 'Get To Know You Shoot' is such a useful process to go through before your wedding day. It's a great opportunity for me to help you relax and learn a few very simple tips ahead of the wedding. It helps you get used to me; it helps you get used to being photographed (and realise that there's nothing to be nervous about); it helps me get used to you - plus you will receive these photos.
By the way, all of the couples who feature in this post said that they were nervous at the beginning of their session.
So where are these sessions held? It's up to you. I would recommend somewhere quiet away from other people. This means that those who are feeling nervous or self-conscious won't be disturbed by others. It could be somewhere that is important to you, perhaps a local wood, parkland, canal walk or even a farm! The location could also be in the grounds of your wedding venue, as long as we have permission.
I'll be there to guide you on what to do, how to stand, and - especially - what to do with your hands. You will notice in these photos that everyone is doing something with their hands, either touching their partner or themselves in a certain way, or touching an object. This is for me to help you with, which will take pressure away from you. Another quick tip: on the wedding day itself the Bride will have her wedding bouquet to hold, which instantly helps occupy her hands for a lot of the day.
You could also think of the 'Get To Know You Shoot' as a dress rehearsal for your wedding day. I will always aim to minimise the amount of time I need to capture the Bride & Groom formal photos, if this is what you would like. This then frees up time for you to enjoy spending with your family and friends.
Pictured below is Helen & Joe during their 'Get To Know You Shoot' last year. The second image shown here was taken towards the end of their session, and it was a pose that we jiggled about with and one that they felt relaxed doing. Perfect I thought at the time, and I made a mental note to use it again on their wedding day, which we did. The same pose, on separate days, at two different locations wearing different clothes.
I really love that image of Helen & Joe on their wedding day. They look so relaxed and natural in front of camera, in beautiful light.
Remember I mentioned at the beginning of this post that all of the couples said they felt nervous before their 'Get To Know You Shoot'? If you scroll through these images again, I reckon it would be tricky to spot any nerves at all. Don't they all look happy and relaxed? 'Get To Know You Shoots' are a fun and productive process that helps you prepare for your wedding day.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I also hope that it may help you look forward to having a pro wedding photographer at your wedding. If you have any questions then please do contact me via the 'Contact' page on this website.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and above all else..... stay fabulous. Martin.
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