How to Select the Perfect Wedding Photoshoot Location

Your wedding photos will last a lifetime, so choose the perfect location to capture your love story.

Choosing the right location for your wedding photoshoot is a crucial aspect of your big day. As a photographer, I understand the importance of having the perfect backdrop to capture your memories. The couple photoshoot is an intimate moment between the newlyweds, and a chance for them to spend quality time together, with the photographer as a third wheel.

Typically, the photoshoot takes place either after the ceremony or before the dinner, but some couples opt to do it before the ceremony as it provides a more intimate start to the day. In this case, the makeup is freshest, and the couple can have their "first look" during the photoshoot, without taking time away from the guests.

When choosing a location, there are several factors to consider:

1. Consider your style preferences

If you prefer the city or nature, choose a location that has depth and perspective, with a clear horizon in the background. This could be a beach, forest, or rooftop, which will provide ample room to create stunning photos with a deep, blurry background.

2. Have an indoor alternative

Have a backup plan in case of rain. Your venue could be a great option or consider a greenhouse in a botanical garden, hotel room, manor, museum, or a restaurant with a terrace.

3. Proximity to the ceremony or venue

It's essential to choose a location that's close to your ceremony place or venue, to avoid wasting time on transportation.

4. Personal significance

Choose a place that holds special significance to your relationship, such as the place of your first date.

5. Crowds

Avoid crowded places if you're not comfortable being in front of the camera. A lot of strangers around could cause unnecessary stress and make it hard to enjoy the photoshoot and its intimacy.

6. Limit the number of locations

Don't choose more than two or three locations. Remember, this day is about you, and you don't want to spend all your time traveling between locations.

7. Consult with your photographer

Your photographer likely has the best options in mind and can assist with planning and decision making.

In conclusion, choose a location that reflects your style, is close to your ceremony or venue, has personal significance, and is not too crowded. Consult with your photographer and limit the number of locations to ensure you have a memorable and intimate photoshoot experience. As a photographer, I recommend setting aside 1-1.5 hours for the photoshoot to ensure we have enough time to capture the perfect shots.