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I very strongly believe in taking advantage of engagement sessions. I am convinced that booking an engagement session with your wedding photographer is one of the most vital ways to ensure that your wedding images are successful. That’s why I’ve made them complimentary in my wedding collections, as I couldn’t possibly recommend them any more! Here are my favorite reasons why you need engagement photos!
I find it very important to clarify that you should have the same photographer for your engagement session and your wedding. Having your friend or another photographer do your engagement photos will not best prepare you to work with a totally different wedding photographer. Stick with the same photographer and you’ll feel so much more comfortable on your wedding day!
1. They Increase Confidence and Comfort in Front of the Camera
Engagement sessions increase your confidence and comfort level in front of the camera and allow you to become accustomed to having your photos taken in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s like a trial for your wedding portraits!
2. It’s the Experience that Matters Most, Not the Photos
Truly, the photos from the engagement session are secondary. It’s the experience of photography and getting to know each other that’s the primary reason for the session. Even if you “don’t need any photos,” disregard that fact and see the engagement session as the perfect opportunity to better connect with your photographer. At the end of the session, you’ll feel so much more comfortable with them.
3. Removes Uncertainty from the Wedding Portraits
Ultimately, an engagement session allows the couple to see why I might tell them to do something unexpected and this leads to wedding day comfort and trust in me. It also gives them an opportunity to learn the common “poses” I might use, thus limiting the “we have no idea what’s happening” factor during the wedding day portraits.
4. They Teach Your Photographer How to Best Capture You
It also allows me to learn more about your personalities and how you two interact so that I can photograph you in a way that’s best representative of your relationship on your wedding day. I figure out how the two of you interact, how to make you laugh or smile, and how to make you comfortable as quickly as possible. Without this session, I would have to figure this out on the wedding day. While I can to that if I have to, having learned all of that before the wedding day will allow me to better photograph you!
5. They are the Rehearsal to Your Wedding Photos
Think of the engagement session as the rehearsal for your wedding. You wouldn’t get married without one! Having an engagement session will prepare you for your wedding day portraits, essentially ensuring their success.