Hey Everyone! Welcome to the second installation of my newest blog series- Adventures of a Photographer. I am hoping this series will give me the opportunity to share some behind the scenes insight into what photographers really deal with and why all of this work in the shadows is just as important as what you see on the screen and in your final products.
Today I want to talk about engagement sessions! Why are they important? What are they for? Why should every couple do them? Engagement sessions are automatically included in every single one of my wedding packages and there is good reason for this. So many people inquire and try to drop the engagement session from the package for lots of different reasons. Maybe photos really aren't your thing, but you know you want photos of your big day. Maybe money is tight, I mean, weddings are EXPENSIVE! Maybe your fiance hates photos or you have a zit on your nose or you just flat out don't want to take the time to do them. Whatever the reason, let me tell you why I think they are a major must have.
1. Get comfortable in front of the camera.
You may think that just because I work behind the camera all the time that I don't understand the anxiety that comes along with being in FRONT of the camera. Well, you are dead wrong. I fully understand how nerve racking it can be to have someone shoving a camera in your face while you try to act natural, look cute and feel confident. A good photographer works to loosen you up, make you laugh, find topics that interest you and help to make you feel relaxed even while there's a camera pointed your way. This is a SUPER important part of creating great images on your wedding day. By the time the big day is here, you already know what to expect, how your photographer works and those anxious feelings are long gone.
2. Find natural poses and decide what you like!
Every single couple is different! The poses that worked for your best friend on their wedding day may not work for you. An engagement session allows your photographer to determine poses and situations that look and feel natural while also finding angles that are most flattering to YOU! These poses may seem odd while you're in the moment, but seeing those final images after the session is one of the best ways for you to decide what kinds of photos you like best. The opportunity to provide feedback to your photographer about things you liked or didn't like will only make your wedding day run more smoothly and give you the best possible photos!
3. Build a relationship with your photographer!
You spend a LOT of time with your photographer on your wedding day. One of the best parts of my job is building friendships with my clients and the engagement session is a huge part of that relationship. There are going to be a million different things happening on your special day and feeling comfortable with your photographer is really valuable. We are there while you're getting ready, hugging your dad, hanging out with your friends, doing your first look, walking down the aisle, signing your paperwork, dancing your butt off. Your photographer should feel like an old friend you can trust.
4. Share the images!
Engagement photos are an awesome way to share this special part of your life with people near and far! You can use the images on save the dates, on your wedding website, in a guest book, in your invitations- whatever! There are so many ways to share images these days and engagement photos add a really personalized touch.
5. It's fun!
You may think it sounds crazy, but engagement sessions are FUN! I always encourage my clients to choose locations that mean something to them and to bring along items that are meaningful to their relationship. I love to incorporate things like this because engagement sessions are a representation of you two as a team and what your life as a couple looks like.