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What Is A Pre Wedding Photography?

What is a pre wedding photography? How it has evolved in Indian wedding industry? It is an engagement session prior to couple of months from wedding day. It has been a common add-on service to the wedding package. Most of the times, pre-wed photo shoots are complimentary except cinematic pre-wedding photography.

Photographers in the West sign a formal contract with couples for the wedding photography. It benefits both the party. The contract helps to understand what is going to be offered on what timeline. Couples get the opportunity to know the professionalism of the photographers through this engagement session. This session also helps the photographers to build a rapport with their clients. Photographers also get the idea of knowing the best profile view of the couples. Engagement session supports the photographers to produce better results on wedding day. In case, the couple does not like the working style of the photographer on engagement session, they can revoke the contract.

How Pre-wedding photography has taken shape in India?

India has diversity in its culture, traditions, food habits, attire, languages, dialects, scripts, behavior, religion and caste. Indian weddings are huge affair. 100-200 guests are a common sight in North Indian weddings. A concept of arranged marriage does not exist in the West. It is still a common practice in India. In arranged marriages, Couples do not get the opportunity for knowing one another before wedding. They also get acquainted with their photographer only on final day.

In Urban areas, internet has exposed the young generation to the ideas of West.  Couples adopted this idea of engagement session from there. Photographers also started selling this idea to the couples. But, we have a day already dedicated to Ring/Engagement ceremony in Indian weddings. To avoid the confusion, the new term as pre-wedding shoot evolved through the idea from West.

Impact of Bollywood On Indian Weddings:

Bollywood songs has always been a part of Indian Weddings. It brings the dramatic and sentimental touch to the families. Bollywood themes are a bank of Ideas for indian weddings. Banno Teri Akhiyan Surme Daani and Babul Ki Duayen Leti Ja are still the hit and iconic song. Couples draw the fashion inspirations too from Bollywood movies. These fashion trends and songs help the couples to execute their story through pre-wedding shoot.

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Mehendi scene from ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’ Movie

Every individual is different and has its own unique story. Two different individual imagine to have the best companionship. It is difficult to get a personal photo shoot on wedding day among hundreds of guests. Couples want a personal space to get photographed their feeling. The idea of Pre-wedding photography has served this purpose.

Free Photo Shoot Locations For Pre Wedding Photography:

The concept of pre-wedding photo shoot have evolved completely. There are free outdoor locations to have a pre-wed shoot. Couples are excited to get photographed by sporting different attires. They have a wish-list for the shots. The shoot on outdoor locations goes well in secluded areas. The raw feeling of such places gives an intense look to the photos. With crores of people, urban cities are bustling at seams. Issues like changing dress and permission to shoot persist in such cities. The idea of paid locations was cropped up to keep pre-wed shoot hassle free.

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Location: Rajpath, India Gate, Delhi

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Location: Lodhi Garden, Delhi

Paid Photo Shoot Locations For Pre Wedding Shoot:

The paid locations for theme based shoots are mushrooming in and around urban cities. Couples feel more relaxed and comfort on these locations. They get the make-up room and a space for changing attire. The props, vintage car, bicycle rides are offered at locations with no extra cost.

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Paid Location: Love City, Alipur Village, Delhi

There used to be one room studio with backdrops. You must have been to such studios in your school days. These photo studios have now taken a shape into farms. These farms are big enough for photo shoot. There are well-constructed back drops with actual bricks and walls. These paid locations give an ambiance close to forest, camping, beach or European architecture like Greece or street of Barcelona or Paris. People who have been to such places, can associate their memory with these man-made ambiance.

Things to consider before booking a paid location:

  • You must pay visit to the locations before booking the dates with them.
  • You may have a check-list also.
  • The location should not be cramped. There should be a breathing space to move around for photographer.
  • What about the sun-light? Whether you can get sun-rise or sun-set?
  • If manager of the location has a know-how of photography, It would be an added advantage. The caretaker or manager spends more time on location than any photographer. He/she can understand the gravity of the ideas for your shoot. They manage the ambiance to make your pre wedding photography a success.

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Location: Photo Rachna

The prices of the paid locations vary from 10k to 15k including make-up room and props. You pay based on number of hours. They have packages for 6 hours, 8 hours and 10 hours. You have to place order for your meal by yourself.

The most sought after paid locations for pre wedding photography in Delhi NCR:


Post has been written with no endorsements by any paid locations of pre wedding photography. Feel free to give your feedback or ask for any query related to your shoot.

Siddharth Malkania

Siddharth Malkania is a journalism graduate. He studied photography at India's premier institute. Having worked as a photojournalist for two years, he traveled to Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam to brush up his skills of photography. Currently, He is a professional photographer based in New Delhi, India.

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