Pre- wedding shoot with Maddie & Xavier

The tall, dark Frenchman and the English rose.

At the weekend I met up with a lovely couple living in the beautiful town of Thones in the Haute Savoie.

We sat down to lunch, which Maddie had kindly made for us and had a wee chat about the wedding day and how I go about my work and shooting the day. I find this to be really helpful as it  gives both the photographer and the client a chance to get to know one another, after all, I will be documenting one of the most important days of their lives.

Why should you have a pre wedding shoot?

Chances are you haven’t had your photos taken by a professional before, so how do you know what to do? On your wedding day you’ll be surrounded by cameras, not just the one you hired. With everything that is going on during the day, it’s great to have one less thing to worry about.

 Whether you are camera shy or a photogenic vixen, the e-shoot is a great opportunity to instill confidence and build comfort in front of the camera. It can be daunting to have a camera follow you, it happens to all of us, and it’s best to get that anxiety out of the way in advance. In no time, you’ll stop focusing on the camera and more on each other. Your nerves will calm and your stress will float away. Your interactions with each other will become more natural and you’ll learn to avoid the innate reflex to stiff up and smile directly into the camera.

I've been to Thones a few times, and on the way out of the town, there is a beautiful old hump-back bridge with a river running under it.  I thought this would be a nice place to get a few casual images for the couple.

After the shoot at the bridge, we headed to the wedding venue which sits high above the small ski town of Le Grand Bornand. From here, the views across the alps where truly incredible and you could see for some miles and miles. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for beautiful weather on the day!

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