Why You Should Do An Engagement Session?

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You're newly engaged and you know you want amazing wedding photos (it's at the top of  your priority list), but you may be unsure if you need to do an engagement session. Your fiancé is already nervous about being in front of the camera on your wedding day and you're afraid that adding another session just might be too much for him. Or maybe you're the one who hates to be in front of the camera. Maybe you don't know what you'll do with the images from the session once you have them. Perhaps wedding planning has taken so much of your time already you're not sure how you would fit in one more thing into your cramped schedule.

Despite all of these concerns, I still highly recommend engagement sessions to all of my couples. Here are the top reasons they are a good investment. 

1. Getting Comfortable

Being in front of the camera is not natural, and it's definitely not an automatic thing to look comfortable in images. I tell all my brides and grooms that it takes about 20-30 minutes into the session before you start looking more comfortable and less forced. More than half of my couples say they're not "photogenic". I think this is probably because most peoples experience with professional photographers have been awkward high school graduation headshot,  or forced family photos.  

The purpose and goals of an engagement session is to bring out and preserve the connection between the couple.  The best way to do that is to make sure you are comfortable and confident. We also get time to get comfortable together, by really getting to know each other before your wedding day. That's why I include engagement sessions in almost all of my wedding packages. It gives me a chance to share great tips on how to be photographed and that way when your wedding day rolls around you'll actually enjoy getting your pictures taken. 

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2. A chance to reconnect after the craziness of wedding planning

Wedding planning is stressful. Its like a rollercoaster from day one. You are your fiancé have to find all the right resources and do the delicate balancing act of making sure your families are involved, and sometimes even financially contributing. Not an easy thing to do, especially when bringing two families together who may only know each other loosely.

In the midst of all the planning, it can be easy to loose sight of each other while choosing floral arrangements or arguing over cake flavor. An engagement session is a great opportunity to reconnect and turn off all the wedding planning noise and just be together for an afternoon. I always do my best to try and plan a location or setting that's important to the two of you. Maybe a place you love, first met or maybe just somewhere you love spending time together. It definitely helps in creating the most natural images and it's a great memory to look back on in the future.

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3. Preserve this time in your lives

I remember looking at pictures of my parents before they were married and thinking how young and in love they were.   I think that really there are only a handful of shots that exist.  Back when my parents were engaged, couples didn't do things like engagement sessions and the majority of shots of the two were shots from a party. Years from now, your children can look back your engagement images and unlike your wedding photos, get a better idea of what you were like when you were dating and excited for the future. It'll be something you will be able to share with them. 

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4. You probably need them

As your wedding day gets closer, you'll find that you will need pictures of the two of you- things like announcements, save the dates, your wedding webpage, etc. Instead of just using random snapshots (drunk at parties, out with friends, sweaty hikes), why not use images that you can really show off? You'll be sending your Save the Date or wedding website link to all of your guests, give them something pretty to look at. 

Another great idea is using the images as gifts for your parents or grandparents, it's a nice way to thank them for all the help along the way. Even better you could use the images to make a custom guest book, or enlarge some prints that you can display at your wedding.  ( I did the majority of these for my wedding)

5. Test run for makeup and hair 

It is a GREAT idea to have your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement session. It'll give you a chance to see what your hair and makeup artist can do and how well your makeup will last while being outside for a few hours. If there are any issues you have a chance to make any change if you need to before your big day.  

I hope you enjoyed the post and please if you have any questions or are interested in booking an engagement session or your wedding contact me here