Okay, I could be alone on this but I’m seriously getting tired of seeing pre-wed albums filled with serious oh-my-god-so-magnificent over the top (OTT) kind of pictures (be it superimposed or real) and the same poses over and over again. I want to be able to look at an album and go “Aaawwww” or “Sweet!” or “Hahaha you guys are too cute!” rather than “Wow you look like a model/movie star!” or “Wow I could almost not recognize you!” or “Was this really taken at Taj Mahal?”. Photoshop is GOD indeed.
Whatever happened to down-to-earth kind of pictures? I really think photographers should talk with their clients on what appeals to them rather than giving them a diarrhea of ideas that leaves them distracted, undecided and in the end, leaving the ‘hard work’ of deciding to their photographers.
I don’t know about elsewhere but in Malaysia, there are heaps of photo studios that offer pre-wed photo shoot services. I see couples walk in and get ideas put into their head on what their pre-wed photo shoot should be like. Then there are packages of this many indoor shots, that many outdoor shots, outfits, big albums, coffee table albums, a free banner for your wedding day? or maybe free car decoration? And end of the day, you get your album full of ‘instant superstar’ you.
Wedding, in my opinion, is a personal affair. So it is only sensible that your pre-wed pictures have a personal touch in them. The pictures should be about you and your spouse. But then again, like I said, not all may agree. For some, over the top is what they want. So for those who don’t, think simple. Think personal. Consider using personal props (items/concepts that appeal to you).
Everyday events/places can be absorbed into a pre-wed shoot.
Pick keywords and attempt to turn it into a scene. You will be surprised at the ideas you can come up with. This guy loved kangaroos and that’s exactly what he got.
If you have ideas or have done shoots along the similar point of view, do share. =)