5 Reasons to Have an Engagement Session
Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so, I am beyond excited for you! This is one of the most exciting times of your life and I advise you to enjoy every single moment of it. I’m sure you are high on the joy of love now and it is time to begin planning for your wedding. Take a deep breath though because there is a lot to consider but don’t stress about it. That is why wedding professionals such as myself are here, we want to help you celebrate. Today I want to help you get started by having you consider five reasons to have an engagement session.
Engagement Sessions Let You Practice Being Photographed
Stop and reflect for a moment. Can you remember the last time you stepped in front of a professional photographer? If I had to guess I would say it has been a while. Taking images of yourself and friends with a cell phone, or another device is very different than having someone professionally create images for you.
As a professional wedding photographer, I specialize in posing and it is very similar to posing couples as though they are in a magazine. This can be a little overwhelming at first if you are not used to it. Taking direction is not the same as a group shot with friends. Having an engagement session lets you and your fiancé practice these techniques and relieves anxiety on your wedding day.
Your Photographer Gets to Know You
Not only do you get to practice being in front of a camera again during an engagement session, but it also allows your photographer to get to know you.
This is important because every couple I photograph is different. There are different poses that flatter different people and getting to spend time with you allows me to see that. It helps me to plan for your wedding day and be more prepared.
Conducting an engagement session also allows me as your wedding photographer to see what your love story is like. I get to hear both of you talk about what brought you together in a more relaxed setting. It also allows us to have more time to discuss your vision and ways to really bring that to life for your event.
As a Couple, You Get to Know Your Photographer
Spending time with your photographer before your wedding is always an advised idea. Consider how many hours you are going to spend with them! They are going to be capturing one of the most intimate days of your life so you will want to make sure you are comfortable with them.
Booking an engagement session with your photographer allows them to build trust with you. It also lets you see their shooting style and personality. This will give you a better idea if they will jive with you and your friends and loved ones.
You Get Personal Intimate Images Together
Don’t take me wrong when I say this, wedding images are wonderful and should be displayed proudly in your home. However, they are not the same as engagement photos.
Your engagement session should be about you and your fiancé madly in love. There is not a need to have anyone else present except you and your photographer.
Being in the moment in love alone is different than celebrating with others around as they will be on your wedding day. You will be more comfortable and relaxed, and it will show in your images.
You will, in turn, be physically more relaxed as well. You can wear whatever you want to your engagement session and have it practically anywhere! Let me capture you in your day-to-day style trust me when I say you won’t regret it. You will treasure your intimate images from your session.
Document Your Story and Personal History
Being engaged is a milestone in your life. It is easy to quickly get wrapped up in wedding planning and pour all your energy into that. But I would encourage you to take a little time and document this season in your love story too. Love changes over time and matures but the engagement period flies by so swiftly, pause and enjoy it. Looking back, you will wonder where the time went.
Have an Adventure and Make it a Date
What better excuse for a date than to have an engagement session? It doesn’t have to be stressful so make it an adventure.
Do you enjoy hiking? Go for a hike with your photographer and do your session there! Do you have a special restaurant the two of you love to go to? Talk to the manager or restaurant owner and see if you can have your photographer photograph you in the space. This list could go on and on with ideas. This is your time to personalize it! When you are finished with your session you can continue your date alone.
My Friend is Going to Take Our Engagement Photos
While you may consider having a close friend or family member do your images for you it may not be in your best interest. I can guarantee you that they cannot photograph a session as I can.
I have over 15 years of experience in editing, photography, and people skills. I have photographed many engagement sessions and I know what works and what doesn’t. My style is unique, and I will capture real emotion. Having a friend or family member take your photographs can add undue stress that you really don’t need. Besides, many of my photography collections include a complimentary engagement session. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?