It’s a new year and a new wedding season is just getting underway. This year we’ve decided to do something a little new for us. We are going to feature a guest post from time to time. The first one discusses a subject that many newly engaged couples should consider, the engagement session.
Top Reasons You Should NOT Skip the Engagement Session
It’s common, when couples are comparing photographers and their packaged services, to question whether or not an engagement session is actually necessary. We are here to say, adamantly, that it is. An engagement session is an opportunity not to be missed – your wedding day photography may, in fact, count on it!
One of the most compelling reasons to hold an engagement session is to get to know and build a rapport with your photographer before the day of your celebration. Most couples are not professional models and many, many people feel less comfortable in front of a camera than they would care to admit. An engagement session allows your photographer to figure out your unique quirks, and determine what the best way is to elicit natural responses and behavior from you both.
Note: when you don’t get back hundreds of awkward smiles and fake-y romantic glances that make even your biggest fans uncomfortable to view, you will thank us for the advice.
There are a lot of things you don’t want to happen for the first time on the wedding day. A few that come to mind…your attendants trying on their junior bridesmaid dresses, your caterer preparing food for the masses, your musicians performing together, or your DJ reading your names aloud…all things you expect will have happened before the biggest day of your life. Your photographer getting to know you should be on that list.
Props and Wardrobe Changes
On the wedding day, your access to unlimited quantities of wild and fun props will be necessarily limited, and your wardrobe changes will be minimal at best. Engagement sessions let you explore your couple personality in a bunch of fun ways with less time pressure than you will experience at your wedding.
You can also make more dramatic location changes during the average engagement session than you can between wedding events. Consult with your photographer if you need creative ideas, and feel free to suggest some of your own. Any location can serve as a backdrop for engagement photos: amusement parks, beaches, the woods near your family home, the elementary school where you two met, or your favorite dive bar or coffee shop. Go wild and choose a variety of places that reflect you.
While you may have your engagement photos taken in a most public space, the attention will still likely pale in comparison to the number of eyes glued to you on your wedding day. Engagement sessions can be far more intimate, and certainly less pressure-filled. The ability to enjoy yourselves will be reflected in the quality of your images.
Further, your engagement session is all yours. You don’t have to worry that getting that last perfect sunset shot will cause your youngest attendants to demand to immediately exchange their junior bridesmaid dresses for jeans. You also don’t have to send your favorite aunt to retrieve your best man from the bar, again. This is as relaxed as it gets, and you deserve the experience.
Put Your Engagement Images to Work
Engagement sessions have practical benefits beyond simply easing you into the spotlight. You can use the images for your save-the-dates, holiday greetings and even thank you cards…and you’ll never feel more wildly in love than you do during your engagement. Capture that memory while it’s new and beautiful. You will be grateful down the line that you did.
It’s common when couples are comparing photographers and their packaged services, to question whether or not an engagement session is actually necessary. We are here to say, adamantly, that it is. An engagement session is an opportunity not to be missed – your wedding day photography may, in fact, count on it!
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