When I met Debbie and Paul at a wedding fayre in Charing in March they had only just decided to get married, and hadn’t finalised a date or venue for their wedding. They had a few ideas of venues they liked though, and they did know that the wedding would be that summer. They were very clear that the photography was very important to them, although Debbie also admitted to being less than excited at the idea of a camera trained on her all day!
When I suggested the idea of a pre-wedding shoot as a way of breaking the ice, Debbie was, quite frankly, rather horrified! Debbie is not alone in feeling that way about having her photo taken, many of the brides to be that I meet feel much the same way to some degree or another, and many of the grooms also admit that they view the photography as a necessary evil of the day. I have to admit that a dislike of having my own photo taken is partly responsible for why I’m so good with a camera – after all if I have the camera in my hand and I’m the one taking the photos then I can’t really be in them right?!!!
I suggested to Debbie that one option might be to have her pre-wedding shoot on the same day of her hair and makeup trial as one way of feeling more confident of being in front of the camera, and I promised her that she would actually enjoy having her photo taken – I don’t think she was too convinced initially, but I know that Paul was keen, and I was very pleased when she got in touch with me to book me as their wedding photographer, and to say that she had changed her mind about the pre-wedding shoot and would like to take me up on my offer.
We arranged to meet in Canterbury, in a favourite spot of theirs, a small public gardens beside the river, and it was a gorgeous spot. I actually grew up in Canterbury and hadn’t even realised that there was a garden there that was open to the public!
So, here they are, Debbie and Paul’s gorgeous pre-wedding photos. As you can see we actually did thoroughly enjoy ourselves, much to Debbie’s surprise and delight!