Hi there! Welcome to the first installment of ‘Wedding Wednesdays’! Once a month, I will be answering some of the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to preparing for your wedding. And our first topic? Engagement sessions! “Should I schedule an engagement session?” “Is an engagement session really important?” “My fiancé says he doesn’t want to do engagement pictures. Should I drop the subject?” “Why do I need engagement pictures if I’m going to get tons of portraits on my wedding day?”
If you’re tempted to not have an engagement session… give me a moment to convince you why you should. Here’s a dirty little secret about engagement sessions: they aren’t always about the images produced, or what you do with them.
I offer complementary engagement sessions in all of my Wedding Collections because I believe that wedding day images that you’ll LOVE can only come from a photographer who truly knows you as a person and as a friend. Quite frankly, it’s difficult for a photographer and a couple to connect on a busy, fast-paced wedding day, which is why it’s always better to spend some time together getting to know each other beforehand. During an engagement session with my couples, I get to learn more about them and their love story, how they interact as a couple, and who they are as individuals. And my couple? They get to learn what my shooting process is, the types of poses they’ll be doing on their wedding day, and even some of my quirks! And the best part? They also get a chance to get comfortable together in front of a professional camera, so by the time their wedding rolls around, they’re already pros!
Aside from the benefits of having an engagement session that I just described, honestly, engagement sessions are just plain FUN! So if your photographer offers you the option, don’t turn it down! And if your photographer doesn’t offer the option right off the bat, don’t be afraid to ask! I promise, you won’t regret it!