Pre-Wedding Portraits

Oxfordshire Engagement & Pre-Wedding Portraits for Couples

Q: What is a pre-Wedding Portrait Session & why do we need one?

Great question! There are a number of reasons really. Getting to know couples before the Wedding day is very important, photography to me is very social & the session helps us get to know each other a little more & just gives you a little more confidence that you need not worry about your photos on the day. It’s also a good chance to chat further about your Wedding day, how your plans are going & ideas suggestions for images you would like captured. The whole session is very informal, aimed at a getting a relaxed set of natural images, a little fun & a few creative shots as well. If you wanted to meet in a Cafe for a cuppa before or afterwards that’s fine with me.

Some couples have used this session to create “Save The Date” images that are used on their stationary or on guest invites, but these need to be booked well in advance of the Wedding date.

Standard pre-Wedding sessions lasting about 1 hour are included in every Wedding Package.

Q: We feel uncomfortable posing in front of the camera!

It is very common with most people, unless you are a celebrity, we really don’t like cameras (& most celebs probably don’t either). It is natural to feel uncomfortable when you think about it, how often do we stand around in public with a camera pointed at us (actually probably most of the time with cctv!). This is one of the most important reason’s why I include these in all Wedding packages, I want the short time with you on your day to go to be efficient, relaxed & less intrusive, that way you’ll get better images & more time to enjoy your party!

Q: Where will the Pre-Wedding Portrait Session be held & how long will it take?

I can suggest a number of picturesque outdoor locations in Oxfordshire that I use regularly or happy to use a location that has a lot of meaning or memories for you. If you fancy a shoot further afield, not a problem I have shot pre-wedding sessions on Cornish beaches, historic Welsh Towns & soon to visit Brighton pier, usually just the additional petrol money for transport if the location is outside Oxfordshire is required. Allow at least 1 hour, this will depend somewhat on the location if a lot of walking is involved, but generally only 1 hour is needed. Styled shoots do take longer by the fact props etc may be needed & set-up.

Themed Pre-Wedding Shoots:

If you have a specific theme in mind, for example, you might want to do a themed picnic theme in the park, or documentary style around Oxford? Consider what kind of props to might want to work into the shoot , for example – a hamper, blanket,  a bottle of champers,  glasses, old books, cup cakes or anything you think fits a theme. The possibilities are endless & with a little careful planning these can be organised. Often with these styled shoots they take a little longer than the standard 1 hour, but this is simply charged on an hourly rate & depending on the type of shoot.

Q: Do I get to see any of the images?

Yes indeed, they will all be loaded to a password protected web gallery that you can share with family & friends if you wish. From the session you will receive 1 complimentary 10″x8″ print of your choice, that you can display on your Wedding day or use to create a guest signature board. Additional prints, albums, canvas prints, digital files etc can be purchased separately if you wish. Styled shoots can be quoted for prior to event.

I have shot many Engagement & pre-Wedding Portrait sessions in and around Oxford for existing & previous students of Oxford University, either currently studying or returning to the city. If you are interested in an Oxford Engagement or pre-Wedding Photo Shoot please get in touch by using the above CONTACT page.

Here are just a few images as examples of pre-Wedding Portrait Sessions.

Creative, fun, contemporary engagement & pre-wedding portraits or Oxford & Oxfordshire by Neil Hanson Photography

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Styled Creative Engagement & pre-Wedding Portrait sessions by Oxfordshire Photographer Neil Hanson

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Vintage styled engagement & pre-wedding photo shoots by Neil Hanson Photography in Oxfordshire

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Engagement & pre-Wedding portraits for Couples in Oxfordshire by Neil Hanson Photography

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Many more examples can be found in a Pre-Wedding Photo Gallery HERE:

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