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Why Add an Engagement Session?

I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question. You might have gotten some cool photos from when the actual proposal happened from a friend or you think you just don’t need them. I think it’s superrr important to have an engagement session, especially with the photographer you have for your wedding. These are just a few reasons on why adding an engagement session to your wedding package is an awesome and crucial idea!

You’ll be using them (a lot!)

Believe it or not, you’ll probably be using those engagement photos over and over again before the big day arrives. My clients love using their photos on the Save The Date cards or using their photos for their wedding website. Some clients have even incorporated engagement photos into their wedding invitation suites!

In addition to stationery, I’ve often created wedding sign-in albums for clients featuring engagement photos (which are a huge hit with guests at the wedding!) Whether you’re announcing your wedding via a website or sending out beautiful stationery, I’m sure you’ll find multiple uses for these fun, casual photographs.

Other fun ways to use them:

  • Wedding website
  • Hang big/small prints in your home
  • Create a printed album for your coffee table
  • Print images for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner
  • Wedding Invitation
  • Wedding weekend pamphlet

It’s practice

When the big day arrives, it’s normal for some couples to be nervous about being in front of the lens. Having an engagement session beforehand is a great way for you and the photographer, hopefully me 🙂 , to get to know each other and practice working together. You’ll feel more confident for your wedding photos, and know exactly what to expect when working with (hopefully) me.

Having an engagement session will also allow me to learn your best angles, guide you in ways that are natural to you and get inspired on ideas for the perfect wedding photos.

Just do you

At the wedding, everything will be so beautiful, but very formal. Even if you’re not having a “formal” wedding, there will still be moments to expect. In your engagement session though, anything goes! I highly encourage every kind of self-expression, including fashion taste, favorite colors, hobbies, special locations, and anything else that’s unique to you as a couple.

Sometimes couples choose locations where he proposed, others a favorite bar or outdoor spot. I encourage you to incorporate props, pets, hobbies, or anything else that’s meaningful to you! I love seeing clients get creative and bring their own ideas to the table for their engagement session.

We learn what works

A lot goes into getting that perfect shot of a couple! Angles, lighting, and the right posing all heavily contribute to a perfect couple’s portrait. Even with all the experience in the world, sometimes it still takes us photographers a few tries to really nail down what makes a couple look their absolute best.

An engagement shoot is the perfect way to experiment without worrying about time constraints as we do during a wedding. Once we try a few things and find your perfect look for photos, we can easily replicate it on the big day, providing you with stunning shots gotten very quickly under a pressured situation!

Are you ready to have an engagement session?

If you’re reading this and still wondering what I mean, then you can view other couples who decided to get an engagement session here! Are you convinced? Then just message me! Let’s talk about the details and see how we can make this happen. I hope this article helped answer any questions and any doubts you had about engagement sessions.

Other articles worth checking out are:

7 Reasons To Have An At-Home Couple Session

Choosing the Right Photographer

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