Your Wedding Photographer Tom Zelinsky

Pre Wedding Shoot


Is a pre wedding shoot necessary?

If you are wondering if you need a pre wedding shoot or engagement shoot, I will say no. Similarly, you don’t need a photographer at your wedding. Instead of paying a photographer, you can spend money on decorations, flowers, a DJ, food, etc. In effect, food will be digested and …, flowers will droop, and decorations will no longer be needed. Subsequently, no one will remember what the flowers looked like and what was on the plates.

Whereas, if there is a photographer at the wedding, he will capture everything in pictures. Years later, looking at these pictures, you will be able to refresh your memory and in the pictures, you will stay beautiful and young forever.

Basically, I think the photographer at the wedding is someone really important, and maybe even the most important. Not because I’m a photographer. I think so because the result of the photographer’s work is timeless.

An additional advantage of a pre wedding shoot is the opportunity to get to know each other. You can also see how the photographer works, who will be present at your wedding afterwards.

Is the pre wedding shoot stressful?

Absolutely not. At least when I photograph and the pre-wedding photoshoot will take place in Wales.

To someone who doesn’t like to pose, it may seem like a nightmare. In fact, I don’t like posing either. I hate posing in front of the camera, and I don’t like posed photos. That’s why I always ask my “models” to just be themselves.

The photos below, in fact, it was a lens test. Every photographer has to buy a new lens from time to time. I decided to test it on people, as I always do.

I persuaded Maciek and Martyna to do a candid pre wedding shoot in Porthkerry in South Wales. A couple in love plans a wedding in the near future, therefore we called our shoot the pre-wedding session.

Some location ideas for pre wedding shoot in Wales

Wales offers a wide range of locations for any shoot, from rugged mountains and stunning coastlines to historic castles and vibrant cities. You can work with me to choose the best location and capture some beautiful memories before your wedding day.

Here are some location ideas for a candid pre-wedding shoot in Wales:

Brecon Beacons National Park. The stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons makes it a fantastic choice for pre-wedding photo shoots. With its rolling hills, waterfalls and picturesque villages, it’s a perfect location for a romantic shoot.

Snowdonia National Park –  The rugged landscape of Snowdonia National Park offers a beautiful backdrop for a shoot. 

Wales is known for its castles, and they make for a beautiful and romantic backdrop for a pre-wedding session. Some of the most popular castles include Caernarfon, Conwy, and Cardiff Castle.

Wales has some beautiful coastal towns, such as Tenby and Aberystwyth, which make for a beautiful pre-wedding shoot location. The colourful buildings and picturesque beaches provide a stunning backdrop for photos.

Author of photos and text: Tom Zelinsky – Your Wedding Photographer

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bride and groom with their cat in the background of the arch, guests and confetti

Stan & Dawn Marie

Handfasting Ceremony Photoreportage

engaged couple sitting in the water

Aaron & Regina

Engagement photoshoot, Dunraven Bay, South Wales

Thomas & Roxanne

Wedding in Llandovery, South Wales