Sharing a few of my favorite image from a recent engagement portrait session, aka a Boston prewedding photoshoot, at Brookline’s Larz Anderson Park. We had a beautiful afternoon on the grounds of the former Larz Anderson estate.
Larz Anderson was one of the places that we went to as kids – specially to the outdoor skating rink at the very top. Huge expanses of lawns, fields and a sweeping views of Boston’s skyline – though even from Brookline the city seems small.
What’s the difference between an engagement shoot and a prewedding photoshoot? The clothes. At an engagement portrait session, the couple wears everyday clothes – or really maybe better than everyday but not formal. For a prewedding photoshoot, they wear their full formal wedding attire – wedding dress, suit or tux and have hair and make up professionally done and usually have flowers too.
Engagement or pre wedding photos? Which one is best for you? While most of our couples prefer a more casual look and feel, some couples prefer prewedding photoshoots in their wedding wardrobes so they can spend more timing getting portraits without the constraint of the wedding day. This is also a good option to consider if you feel that location (as I do!) is important to telling your love story.
It’s not about looking like the perfect couple, it’s about being who you are both as individuals and as yourselves.
Case in point, this couple wanted to dress as they would on their wedding day and chose to do a prewedding shoot here in Boston. Though the ceremony will be held overseas with their families, they wanted to get portraits made in the city where they met.
We were able to capture a mix of traditional, casual and candid at our Larz Anderson prewedding photoshoot. Congratulations to these two who have big things on their newly shared horizon!
I really love both engagement photoshoots and prewedding photoshoots. In the time between deciding to get married and actually getting married, it’s lovely to take some time to think about who you two are together right now. Of course it’s a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera and with your photographer – but it’s also a chance to learn about each other (check our our Visual Voice sessions!) to spend time together and to create a visual record of your lives outside of the ritual of the wedding day itself.