“What will be your reaction if your husband or wife suggests you a pre-wedding shoot?”
Technically it is a post-wedding shoot. Would you be up for such an idea?
Well, it is a fast catching up trend among married couples in India. Now people are open to including photography into their lifestyle. Let’s be honest, lifestyle photography involving portraiture is another form of romance. It is not a norm to have a couple shoot before your wedding.
It has become a norm that how we saw it when it started catching up in the Indian wedding photography scene in 2011.
Just because when you decided to get married, you did not see the importance of candid photography for your wedding or a pre-wedding shoot. It does not mean things cannot change in the future. If you feel though you are married and you want a couple-shoot. Just go for it. There is no right age or certain occasion to get a couple shoot.
Nilesh contacted me for a post-wedding shoot to celebrate a year of their marriage. Rajshree and Nilesh, the husband-wife duo are from Pune. But wanted a photoshoot involving a beach.
The plan was to stay at the resort for a short holiday and also use the beautiful property for a couple-shoot. Also we can goto nearby beach for some beach couple shots.
The journey from Pune to Radisson Blu Alibaug is around 3 to 4 hours depending upon the condition of roads and traffic. The road involves Pune Mumbai Expressway which you cover quickly followed by a slow state highway towards Alibaug.
We were a team of four shooting photography as well as pre/post wedding video. We started our shoot directly from the beach and later moved to Radisson for the remaining shoot.
Rajshree is a bit of a shy girl. But soon I figured out if I can involve Nilesh in explaining things. She was at much ease. And honestly, being shy is a matter of time. Even the shyest couples “forget” that they are not camera-friendly in 30 mins or so.
We started with few drone shots around the sea and coconut trees. Like any public place, there is always a problem of the crowd coming into your shots. We always shoot smartly to minimize that.
But the real fun started at Radisson Blue where you could change attire. Find shade to beat the heat. Use the facility intelligently without tiring the couple. If your couple loses energy for whatever reason. It is not going to help the shoot. So you need to take care of that.
One can use villas, passages, backyard gardens, the front area of the resort, drone shots, restaurants, poolside, etc. Check out the few pictures from the shoot and pre-wedding video in the end.