When shopping around for a wedding photographer, there are a number of things to consider; in what they offer; who they are; and if you like their work. But one thing which is becoming a bit of a standard offering for photographers now is an engagement session. Many couple didn’t even think about engagement photographs but here is why they are a great idea. Now when I am taking about engagement sessions, I am not taking about photographing your engagement party. An engagement session is a private portrait session with you and your loved one. The engagement session is second only to your wedding photography when it comes to uniqueness and personalization.
There are a number of reasons to have an engagement session. First it’s quite likely no matter how fit you are normally you have been putting in an extra special effort before your wedding day. Having professional photographs taken a month or 2 before can be a real confidence boost and reward to all the hard work you have put in.
The engagement photos also act as great stress relief. Weddings are big days to plan. It can be very draining organising all the little details that are required to bring your day together. Having 1 hour off with just ourselves with no work and no wedding planning can be a very welcome change to many couples. It is also a lot of fun.
The engagement shoot can also act as a test run for the both of you. This works in a couple of ways, first it allows you to see how your photographer interacts with you on the job not just in there salesmen routine. For many couples it can be the first professional photo shoot together so it helps you interact with each other when being directed by a third party. And finally it gives you an opportunity to see your photographers real work not just the best pictures that they display when you visit them. While unlikely but possible, if you really didn’t like the work produced from your engagement session you might have enough time to find a different photographer to save your wedding day.
Another great reason for an engagement session is for location suggestions. Some couples may like to visit some locations the photographer has suggested for their engagement photos so they can really see what they turn out like before their big day. It’s also very probable that you have just too many locations or a location that is just too far to visit on your wedding day. The engagement session is a great way to have professional photographs in the locations that you just can’t get to on your wedding day.
A final reason for an engagement session is that some couples like to use these at the wedding. We have done several engagement photo sessions for couples only to turn up to the wedding reception to see large prints made of the session on the wedding day. It’s a great personal touch.
There are not lot things to keep in mind when planning an engagement shoot, after all it’s meant to be light-hearted and fun, but please consider your clothing choice. Whether it is an engagement shoot or a family session or any professional photography shoot for that matter keep you clothing simple. Some simple dos and don’ts – Do bring your
favourite outfits, if you feel nice in them you will like the photographs more; don’t wear things with large logos or that are distracting. Guys are the worst for this, sorry guys no surf shirts, band shirts, or funny shirts keep it simple and let you be the main attraction in the photograph. Try to stay away from strips, dots and lines etc. anything that will draw the viewer’s eye away from your face to what you are wearing. Try to complement each other in colour and simplicity. Clothing really is an area where something understand and elegant can go a long way to making exception photographs. Always take a couple of outfits and talk with your photographer about which would be best. And when all else fails simple white/black/grey t-shirts and jeans can be a great choice.
The engagement session can be very personal and a lovely memento to keep as a reminder for couple before they were married but it can also be more. Today’s weddings are often a coming together of 2 families. The engagement shoot can be a wonderful time to have all the family involved and get some lovely images of kids as well being themselves.
When all said and done it is possible that you just don’t want the engagement session but it is part of your wedding package. See if your photographer will allow you to gift it to a family member. At the end of the day it’s just a portrait shoot. In the past we have had couples that give the portrait session to a sister with a new born and also to parents to have family session done. Your photographer should be fine with this but it is worth asking if you simply don’t want to use the time.
Engagement shoots are great fun and something I really recommend so defiantly think about it!
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