Pre-Wedding Fun: Tips to get your 'Couple Shoot' right!
The concept of Pre-Wedding Shoots is fast gaining popularity among young couples! Contemporary Wedding Photographer, Saulat Zuberi throws light on what goes into the making of a perfect couple shoot by sharing some of his own shoot experiences.
The most important part of any couple shoot is to bring out the authentic emotions between the two. Every couple is different having unique stories and personalities. A photographer's job is to put these personalities in their true sense in pictures, depicting their unique love story.
It’s important for every photographer to understand that they make the couple comfortable with him or her. I usually meet the couple over coffee before we schedule the date for the shoot. It gives me an opportunity to understand them, their personality, their story, their requirements, and their expectations from the shoot. And it also helps them get comfortable with me & my camera. A shoot plan is chalked out thinking in terms of the concept or theme we want to base our shoot on.
The idea is to document their common interests, favorite places, hobbies, anything, which they feel has played an important role in their story. And yes it’s my job to present it beautifully in pictures. Lot of thinking, concept, technicality and experimenting goes into putting their expectations & my vision into reality.
Sometimes the couple leaves everything on me and is open to any type & style of shoot. In those cases, while talking & planning for the shoot I try to pick some clues about them and introduce my ideas & props. Ideas again are different for different couple because not all couples react in the same way. Lot of the ideas and creativeness also happen to pop on the spot as well. Once at the location, I study it carefully and use it creatively with different angles, composition, lighting and poses that compliments the surrounding.
Usually, we try to do the shoot on more than one location to add variety with few dress changes in between. It’s also important to choose the right time to have proper beautiful light. I do try to have some picture during sunrise or sunset, when the light is very nice & diffused. I also use flashes and strobes, sometimes multiple for many shots. Knowing how to play with light and composition is an art & are essentials in getting good pictures.
Apart from all the planned shots, I also try to capture the spontaneous “in-between” shots. Most of the couple shoots happen just before the wedding and offer a great relaxing & fun time to the otherwise stressed couples & “in-between” candid shots give them exactly the time they need the most.
Image Courtesy : Saulat Zuberi