Congratulations on your engagement!!! So now the wedding plans begin. Having been a bride myself I can completely relate to all the excitement, planning and serious saving required for a wedding!
When enquiring brides ask for my wedding collection information I make it a habit of pointing out that I offer engagement sessions for all my collections. Why? I believe having an engagement session with your wedding photographer has a multitude of benefits. Here's my top 3 reasons:
1. Getting to know your photographer & seeing them in action.
You are investing in a wedding photographer because you place an importance on your wedding photographs, once your day has been and gone the photographs of your day will hold many cherished memories. That's why I meet with enquiring couples before they even need to confirm a booking. At these meetings I encourage my couples to tell me about their wedding plans and ask me questions, I want them to feel comfortable in their investment with me & to feel confident that I am the right photographer for them. And if it turns out I'm not, that's okay too. But I definitely place important on getting to know your photographer.
Your engagement session gives you the chance to see your photographer in action, gain an idea of how they will work with you on your wedding day and reassure you of how great your wedding will be.
2. Photos for your wall & more.
Unless you're photo obsessed like me & like to get professional portraits taken at least once every couple of years, engagement photos are a nice way to update that photo of the two of you. Some couples time their engagement session so that they can use the photographs for save the date cards which I think is an awesome idea. Your engagement photographs tell a story, just as the photos of your wedding day do too. Printed, hanging on the walls of your home or bound in a beautiful sister album to sit along side your wedding album - they will be enjoyed and cherished.
3. Treat it like date night.
This is what I like to tell my couples when planning engagement sessions. Treat it like a date night.
I don't know a lot of males that like getting their photos taken so the engagement session gives me the chance to show the husbands to be that it's a painless process. At a wedding I shoot the majority of the day unobtrusively to capture candid moments, so I try to structure my engagement sessions in the same theme, I give my couples something to do & encourage them to forget about my camera. It's about being together & having fun.