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I always feel that the engagement session is a super important part of the experience I provide, so for that reason, I always include engagement sessions complimentary in my wedding package! Today I’m breaking down all the reasons why I believe an engagement session is so valuable leading up to the wedding day!
I love getting to know my couples on a personal level and having them become my friends along the way! I truly feel like creating a friendship between us is part of the whole experience of working with me. This means the engagement session is the PERFECT time to really get to know each other in a relaxed and stress-free environment! Think of it as a fun way for you two to reconnect in a fun date-like setting and for me to connect with you two at the same time!
Even if my couples have already done an engagement session with someone else, I still always encourage them to do another session with me because every photographer works differently. The engagement session is a great opportunity for you to become familiar with the way I shoot and for you to become more comfortable in front of my camera.
During your engagement session, we’ll learn your best angles, favorite poses, and find whatever makes you feel most natural and like yourselves when the camera is on you. Plus, once your wedding day arrives, we’ll know what poses and prompts you both love the most and incorporate those into your bride and groom portrait session!
Since you’ll already know what it feels like to be in front of my camera and what poses, angles, etc. you like best, you’ll be total pros on your wedding day! This makes the process go so much smoother and we can work more quickly to get all the photos you want!
Think of your engagement session not so much as something you HAVE to get done before the wedding, but more as a fun date night together where you just so happen to also be getting cute photos together! Your session is a few fun, relaxed hours of you two just being present together, plus all the kisses, laughter, and cuddles I can get outta ya! I love that it’s totally customizeable to be something you two both actually love doing, not just some stiff, awkward photos at a random park. I always encourage my couples to choose personal locations or something fun they love to do, outfits that feel like them, and to even grab drinks before or after to wrap their whole date night up perfectly! A few hours of kissing and being in love? Sounds like a good time to me! 🙂
Your engagement session photos are great for creating your Save-the-Dates, wedding website, guest books, decor and fun displays at the wedding! I always love seeing how my couples incorporate their engagement photos into their wedding day. It’s a fun way to bring your guests into your lives and the story of your engagement!
Even before or after your wedding day, your engagement photos are perfect for displaying in your home, too! My couples still love posting and sharing their engagement session photos even after the wedding day – they’re a timeless document of such a special and exciting time in your lives!
Your engagement session is truly one of the most exciting parts of the process aside from your big day, of course! We always have such a blast just hanging in a stress-free, super chill environment. I love getting you two running around and falling in love all over again, which makes for the sweetest photos and an amazing time. I love getting to hang with my couples multiple times before their wedding day, so when I show up on their big day, we’re not total strangers and we can hug like old friends. xo