PLANNING: With all the wedding planning, we almost forgot about the pre-wedding shoot until our wedding photographer, Shev of Shevan J Photography reminded us! We quickly scheduled a date for the shoot a couple of months before the wedding. Since the wedding was to be held in Melbourne and our photographer was based there, the pre-wedding shoot was by default in Melbourne.
I didn’t think too much about it until I started planning for the concept and look for the shoot. I realized (a rather last minute) that it would be great to do a small shoot in Sydney as well. After all, we wanted our wedding celebrations to tell our story as a couple and whilst Melbourne is where we both spent most of our lives and where we first met, Sydney is where we started dating, where we currently live and have a lot of lovely memories as a couple. A pre-wedding shoot in Sydney would be a wonderful way to incorporate our history there as a couple.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shev of Shevan J Photography photographed our Melbourne shoot as it was part of our wedding photography package. This worked out well as it allowed us to get to know him better and get comfortable with his style. He was a true professional – really patient with our ideas and didn’t make us feel uncomfortable with our silly attempts at posing. For the Sydney shoot, my good friend, Ritika of Ritika Mathur Photography offered to help out! She was great fun and also really patient.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Whilst planning for the pre-wedding shoot, I was also in discussions with my wedding hair and makeup artist in Melbourne, Aimmey of Miss Aimmey. She suggested using the pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to do a makeup trial for the wedding. This was the best piece of advice, as I am completely lost when it comes to makeup.
On the day of the pre-wedding shoot, Aimmey came over and we had a chance to discuss my preferences for how heavy/light I preferred the makeup to be, trial out different foundations that would be suitable to my skin color, as well as discuss different looks for each wedding event. At the end of the trial, Aimmey left the base foundation and styled my look for the pre-wedding shoot. Since Shevan J Photography was also our wedding photographer, the pre-wedding shoot would also a great opportunity to see how the makeup would turn out in professional photos. If you don’t wear makeup often, I highly recommend you use the pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to try out your make up artist!