Hi friends, hope you are having a wonderful week. Today I am addressing a topic that comes up when I am responding to an initial client inquiry or at a meeting with a potential client: Why should I do engagement photos?
So today I’m going to give you all the pros of doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer before your wedding. I’m not going to list any cons to this, because frankly from my perspective I can only see positives of doing an engagement session.
Without further ado, here are some major pros of doing an engagement session:
Helps you feel more comfortable in front of the camera
Gives you beautiful portraits of just the two of you
Gives you practice before the wedding day
Helps you and your photographer get to know each other
Can provide beautiful photos for your save the date or guestbook
1) Helps you feel more comfortable in front of the camera
Most of us aren’t models posing in front of the camera all the time. So naturally being in front of the camera and trying to figure out how to pose can be a little stressful. Even as a photographer, whenever I get in front of the camera, I’m suddenly trying to remember flattering poses and what to do with my hands (which suddenly become an issue even though I never think of this otherwise). An engagement session provides a super relaxed time for you to start getting used to being in front of the camera. All eyes aren’t on you like on your wedding day, so this is an opportunity to get used to the camera and have it feel a bit more natural.
2) Gives you beautiful portraits of just the two of you
When you look back on your life, can you think of any times where you had professional images taken of you and your significant other. More than likely that isn’t the case. Generally it’s when you are starting a new chapter of your life that this happens. It’s usually when you get engaged that you start thinking about hiring a professional to capture beautiful images. It’s so nice to have the opportunity to have great quality images of just the two of you, and you will definitely never regret that. You can show your nieces and nephews, or kids later on these portraits of this time in your life before them. I think that’s a pretty awesome thing to be able to do, I believe this is one of the best parts of photography.
3) Gives you practice before the wedding day
This point echoes a bit of number 1 as well. On your wedding day there’s already a lot of stress, and doing an engagement session takes away one possible stressor. You will already have the practice being in front of the camera without it happening when all eyes are on you. By having a session before your wedding day, you will honestly start to forget the camera being there during all of the important moments and just be able to enjoy it. You also will be in sync with the photographers about what poses you like and don’t like, or if you don’t like the posing photos at all. These are all things that can be ironed out in an engagement session.
4) Helps you and your photographer get to know each other
This point is frankly the most important to me, and generally a reason why I include engagement sessions in a lot of wedding packages. It’s with having meetings, sending questionnaires, and having an engagement session that I get to know you two. In an engagement session, I get to understand if you are the type of people that love to do dramatic poses, or if you are a bit more shy in front of the camera. I get to see which poses might work for you and which won’t. I can see if adding movement will help you relax in front of the camera. Most importantly, this is a time when we get to break the ice and get to know each other in a relaxed setting. By the time it’s your wedding day, I want you to feel like I’m basically just an old friend who is around taking beautiful photos.
5) Can provide beautiful photos for your save the date or guestbook
One of the things for which engagement session photos are the most used, is for save the dates or for a guestbook on your wedding day. I absolutely love when I get in the mail save the dates that were made from a photo I took on your engagement session. It’s such a lovely way to kick off the wedding celebration. I have also seen photos from engagement sessions used as the cover of a guestbook for a wedding day, and I have even seen couples print out a large image from their session and had their guests sign it. There’s just a ton of things you can do with images from your session.
I think the question, “Why should I do engagement photos?” should be rephrased. With this list, the question should be “Why not do engagement photos?!”