Once in a while, we meet with an engaged couple to discuss their wedding day, and when we ask about engagement photos, they say that they’ve already had them taken by an aunt, or they have a friend who “has a nice camera” and can do the job. This is like nails on a chalkboard for us.
It is so important to have an engagement session, and it is crucial that your wedding photographer take these photos. Here are four reasons why:You will become familiar with your photographer’s style.
An engagement session will familiarize you with how the photographer works. You’ll become acquainted with how they give directives, along with posing techniques that will be requested on your wedding day. Especially when time is of the essence on your big day, it will help if you are familiar with the photographer’s procedures during a portrait session.
In addition to the nitty gritty of a shoot, you’ll also be glad to familiarize yourself with the photographer’s style of posing, composition, lighting, and editing, which all contribute to the photos’ overall look. If you recognize your photographer’s unique style, then you will be able to distinguish what makes your engagement and wedding photos uniquely yours.
If you’re hesitant about the photographer’s style, you can think of the session as a kind of insurance before you commit to that photographer for your wedding. If it does happen that you’re not happy with your engagement photos, then you’ll have ample time to find somebody who can capture your wedding day in the way that you had imagined. It is much better to find this out before the wedding rather than being disappointed with your wedding photos.
One more point that may appeal to you is that you would want your engagement and wedding photos to be the same style just for consistency’s sake. If they look completely different, it’ll be like when you did a group project in high school and everybody’s contributions look totally different.
You can get to know the photographer personally.
The engagement session definitely breaks the ice by allowing you to get to know the person who you are trusting to document your big day. Your wedding day photographer will be with you every minute, capturing your most intimate moments, and will often be the person you’ll turn to when you need something, whether it’s tracking down a mom or fluffing a train. You don’t want that person to be a perfect stranger, so the engagement session is a prime opportunity for you to bond with your photographer
The photographer can get to know you.
The engagement session is an invaluable opportunity for your wedding photographer to find out who you are as individuals and as a couple. The only other time when they would see you and your fiancé together is at a consultation, and during those meetings, you’re not focused on your partner because you’re talking to the photographer. The engagement session allows your photographer to observe how you and your partner interact with one another, which influences posing and other factors that can be altered to reflect your relationship. Your photos should look like you.
The engagement session is a warm-up for your wedding day.
All of these factors point to the fact that the engagement session is like a practice round before your wedding. You’ll have enough to occupy your mind that day; you want to feel one hundred percent comfortable with and confident in the photographer that will be attached to you—or creeping on you from afar—for every moment of the day. If you’re familiar with your photographer, your mind will be at ease, and you can look forward to reliving the best day of your life in two to three weeks.
For all of these reasons, we have included engagement sessions in our wedding packages. Even if you did have your uncle or your mom’s friend take pictures of you and your fiancé, remember that it is extremely beneficial for both you and your wedding photographer to do a pre-wedding shoot. You won’t regret it!