Hey there Engaged Couples!
Welcome to the big -and sometimes overwhelming- world of Wedding Planning! We wanted to take a moment out of your busy schedules to drop some tips and tricks for one of the largest check list items on your planning journey; THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION! We will be talking about the benefits of having an engagement session, what season to shoot, where to shoot, what to wear, and much more.
The first decision to make about your engagement session is whether or not you want to have one at all! Sounds crazy to think about to some, but a lot of people don't even know why they "Need" to have an engagement session. Let's face it, there's a large portion of you engaged couples that have never done this before! Even if you have, things are always changing in this industry! So we are here to tell you why you can benefit greatly from having engagement photos taken! Some of these reasons are seemingly obvious, but hopefully you will find some information you haven't thought of!
Firstly, you may want to use the engagement photos on your save the dates, invites, or even print them out to have at your wedding. Printing your photos is a great way to show off how cute you guys are as a couple and add a personal touch to your big day. Speaking of showing off your personality, that leads me to the second benefit of an engagement session! You are able to capture a piece of your story as the new "Mr and Mrs". We always encourage our couples to stay away from the "normal" engagement session locations, but instead choose locations and activities to do in their session that is genuine to themselves. We as photographers shouldn't only capture your wedding day, but the entire journey from the proposal, to the 1 year wedding anniversary, and beyond. The overall purpose of these photos is to be able to look back and remember a season of your life that you'll never get back. Another reason to capture engagement photos is to "introduce" yourself to your family and friends as the ALMOST Mr and Mrs! You are joining two families and merging friend groups, and these groups may or may not know you two as a couple. Showcasing yourselves will allow those distant family and friends to be invested in BOTH of you at the wedding, instead of just showing up for their perspective "sides" of the wedding.
Our last big benefit to shooting an engagement session is getting to know your photographer! Like I said before, this might be your first time taking professional photos, which will leave you wondering and apprehensive about your photographer. How do they shoot? Do our personalities match or clash? Are they going to give direction or leave me standing there awkwardly? Shooting ahead of your wedding day in an engagement session will put those worries to rest, give you a glimpse of what it will be like on your wedding day with the photographer, and confirm that you chose the right photographer for you! We will talk more about this later!
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See you back here tomorrow for more engagement tips!