|Patchi Layug||20 May 2012|
|Listed in : Photo & Video|
|Tags : prenup, wedding, shoot|
Tips for Destination Prenup ShootsHere's practical advice from wedding photographers on how to get the most from your destination photo sessions.
BridalBook: How often--and how soon--before the planned session should the couple meet with you to discuss their concept? Would pegs from the couple help you in getting the "best" shots?
POD (Edgee): Even during the booking process, we make it a point to ask the couple about [their plans] for the wedding to give me an idea of what type of shoot they would like. I often meet with my couples to discuss the concept for their prenup shoot. I hold personal meetings with my couples weeks in advance, so that I may get a feel for how they act around each other, and also around me as their photographer. This helps me to establish a more personal relationship with them. I wholeheartedly encourage my couples to give me their inputs, so that the shoot becomes personalized for every couple that I encounter. The music the couple chooses for [presenting] the pictures at the reception [is also a big factor]. Whether the couple chooses a slow or fast song, we might get an idea of what mood to set for the shoot. The conceptualization for the shoot also depends on how cooperative the couple is with me as a photographer. The more cooperative they are, the easier my job is on the day of the shoot.
Erron Ocampo: My engagement session includes concept and styling, so the couple will be communicating with the styling team through email, SMS, or calls to come up with a concept. They can also set a meeting to finalize everything. I will [then] be updated about all the discussions. I like concepts that show the personality of the couple or tell a story, not just beautiful photos.
R.A.W. (Puy): From experience, two meetings prior to the photo shoot would be enough. It is important that when you get a photographer, you get them because of their style of photography. As much as we understand the trends in photography and photo treatments today, the best way to make the most out of your photographer's creativity is to allow him/her to express his/her own style. Pegs are okay, but will serve only as inspiration and not as templates for the shoot.
Bryan Yap: It usually takes a couple of email exchanges and/or maybe a few phone calls (very rarely a meet-up), months or even a few days before the agreed e-session date, to discuss the couple's concept for their prenup. What I usually do is I just give tips and suggestions, and then let them decide on the concept that matches their respective personalities. I allow pegs because I know those would make the couple happy, since they did their part in doing the research on shots they'd want to see after our session. But most of the shots I do are what I have felt, seen, and wanted captured, therefore giving the couple better shots compared to the pegs.
Blacktie Project (Marco): For conceptualizing a shoot, I would suggest that we first discuss the concept over the phone or email (email is better for you can send pegs). This will give us time to research and build our ideas. Then you can set a meeting with us to brainstorm on both parties' ideas and concepts.
BridalBook: When it comes to prenup and after-wedding photo sessions, should couples really bring a change of clothing and props?
POD (Edgee): During the initial meeting with the couple, I usually give minimal instructions. The most important [factors] are the following: Location, Mood and Dress.
Since the [first] two have already been mentioned and outlined, I'll explain the third. Dress for me is important, but not as important as the couple. I usually have them select clothing that is both striking and comfortable, since most of my shoots take an entire day. I request the couple to bring [pieces of] clothing that complement the location-clothes that accent the scenery, but do not take away attention from the couple. In the case of postnup photo shoots, I rarely request that the couple change their clothing. It is both a hassle to get into a wedding gown, and even more of a chore to get out of one. I have only a few minutes, or even if I'm lucky a half hour to get the postnup shoot done in time for the couple's processional for the reception.
Erron Ocampo: Yes, to have a variety of looks.
R.A.W. (Puy): It depends on the couple if they want to push the photo shoot to be as glam or as lively as they can.
Bryan Yap: Yes they should. Clothing and props that really mean (something) to them and their relationship should be brought. Variety would help most especially to viewers of the photos (laid out in albums or guest books) to make the shots more fun to look at, and not nakakaumay.
Blacktie Project (Marco): I would normally suggest two sets of clothes, but one will do. I would rather have one "kick-ass" set of clothing than three to five "just-grabbed-something-from-the-closet" type of clothes.