Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Wedding Photoshoots In Melbourne

Pre-wedding shoots in Australia are on the rise and it’s easy to see why – I mean, what’s not to love? You can get amazing pics to use for everything from engagement announcements to wedding invitations. There’s also been a growing trend of couples coming from Asian countries (such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia) to Melbourne to capture the beautiful scenery around the city for their pre-wedding shoots. If you’re coming from overseas, I’ve included some info below on planning your pre-wedding photoshoot trip to Melbourne. And if you’re already a Melbourne native, I’ve got you covered too!

Here’s all you need to know about creating a perfect pre-wedding photoshoot in Melbourne.

Pre wedding shoot Melbourne

Why you should have a pre-wedding photoshoot…

There are tons of reasons why a pre-wedding photoshoot is a great idea for any couple. The main reason we do this is so that you have beautiful pictures to use for announcements, invitations, and save-the-dates. With this type of shoot, you can kick off your pre-wedding celebrations with awesome snaps of you and your spouse-to-be. There are also some creative ways you can use these pics, such as including them in a guestbook for your friends and family to sign at the reception or in a slideshow presentation during your wedding. A lot of couples will also use these pre-wedding photos in their wedding albums or to frame and hang in their new homes.

Another huge reason to do this type of photoshoot is to get rid of any camera anxiety you might have before your big day. If you can get more comfortable in front of the camera as well as more comfortable with your photographer, your wedding photos are much more likely to turn out the way you picture them in your head. Your photographer will also be able to get a better feel for what you’re looking for and how you photograph before the actual wedding. Additionally, brides can give their hair and makeup a trial run to see if they like how it looks before the big day. Some photographers (like myself) offer a makeup artist as part of the photoshoot package to help achieve the right look.

Pre-wedding shoot Melbourne

Why Melbourne is the perfect place…

Pre-wedding photoshoots are all about creating a romantic, yet natural setting for your photos. Melbourne is an ideal location because of the varied and pristine scenery comprised of rugged coastlines and verdant ancient forests. If nature isn’t really your thing, the city itself offers lots of unique, historic architecture that will make an ideal backdrop to your love story.

Pre wedding shoot Melbourne

Where you should stay…

If you’re from out of town, there are loads of amazing hotels and Airbnbs to take advantage of in the Melbourne area. A personal fave of mine is Treasury on Collins (ToC Hotel); this beautiful landmark building was built in the 19th century and is located right in the heart of the Melbourne city centre. The suites are designed like little apartments with a kitchenette and living/dining area. It’s also close to public transport options, so it’s easy to get around, and there are plenty of nearby boutique shops and restaurants to keep you busy. If you want your pre-wedding photoshoot centred around Melbourne, I’m happy to organise a package for you that includes transportation (including driving out of town if you want to get some pics outside the city).

Pre wedding shoot Melbourne

What your concept should be…

I recommend picking out the concept or theme for your photoshoot as far in advance as you can. There are a variety of ways you can go with this – shooting at the place you met, where the proposal took place, your favourite park, etc. Or you can stick to the more traditional settings of beaches, forests, botanical gardens etc. You can go as glamorous (full makeup and gown) or as laid-back (jeans and a tee) as you want – some couples choose to display their cultural roots with traditional clothing. Basically, whatever fits you and your future spouse’s vibe the best. Just remember to work with your photographer ahead of time so that they can help you accomplish your concept successfully.

What you should wear…

Deciding what to wear for your pre-wedding shoot in Melbourne is super important. People want different vibes for their shoot, so it just depends on what you’re going for – whether that’s a formal look or more of a dressed down, casual tone. Just plan out what you want to do before the shoot so you have ideas to share with your photographer. I always appreciate it when my clients chat with me about what they’re planning to wear (especially if they want to do multiple looks during the shoot). We can also decide together on what looks will work best for your desired location/s. For example, if you want to head to the coastline, the windy weather will work best for a hair-down, flowy-dress look. I like to suggest contrasting colours if you’re thinking about a forest photoshoot – that way you’ll pop out from the background for some truly stunning pics.

Pre wedding shoot Melbourne
Pre wedding shoot Melbourne
Pre wedding shoot Melbourne

After the photoshoot…

After your pre-wedding photoshoot is complete, it can be helpful for you to pick out the photos you like the best and share these with your photographer if they’re also going to be doing your wedding photos. If I know which pics my client loves and why, I can aim to include more of those options during the actual wedding day celebration. Your pre-wedding photos can act as a guide to help me create the best photos possible that are tailored to your tastes.

The best part about pre-wedding photos is that they can serve as a way for couples to remember one of the most special times in their relationship. If you decide to do a pre-wedding photoshoot, you’ll be able to capture this magical stage of your relationship with photos you’ll treasure forever.

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