Being in front of the camera makes you uneasy. It seems so awkward to have someone take your pictures for a couple of hours. I get it, really I do.
But I promise you, we aren’t doing this to torture you.
One of the most common questions we get is “Can we just not do the engagement session?”
And unless you’re booking us a month before your wedding, the answer is going to be no. Yes, even if you had a friend do your engagements, or already did them with another photographer. Engagements are an important part of the process when working with us, and we’d love to tell you why.
1. Engagements help us get to know your love story.
While you can tell us a lot through the proposal story, or things you like to do together, watching the two of you interact helps us know how to work with you best. We try to build your engagement session around that love story – whether its an activity or place you love, the place the proposal happened, or something you’ve always wanted to do together. This is all about your love story.
2. It gets you used to being in front of the camera – with us.
We’re going to be photographing you for (usually) 8 to 10 hours on your wedding day. Your engagement session is a fun trial run, so that we know what you respond to, what makes you feel at ease, and how best to pose you to get the perfect angles to help you look your best.
3. It gives you a taste of our vision.
Looking at a website and portfolio is all well and good, but until you actually see how your photographer envisions you and your love, and how they edit images of you, it’s hard to have real expectations for your wedding day. We also get to learn what kind of photos you love most, so that we can tailor your wedding day images around that.
4. It helps you learn our process.
Not only do you get to see how we photograph you, but you also get to see what its like to get sneak peeks, your full gallery and, when applicable, your download of images.
5. It’s a day to celebrate your love and your future.
And who doesn’t just want to go make fun memories with the love of their life? Engagements are a celebration! You’ve found that special person you want to spend your forever with. If you ask us, that’s pretty darn special and something to be remembered.
6. You get to know us.
We’re pretty dorky. We have crazy ideas, and we’re a little quirky. During your engagement you’ll get to see who we are and how we work together – and hear some of our nerdy jokes. You don’t have to laugh just to make us feel better either 😉
7. It’s a good time to ask questions.
Things come up after your consultation and booking meeting – we know. We’re totally open to answering any questions, helping with wedding plans and ideas, and just listen if you need to vent about wedding stress.
Engagement sessions aren’t just for you, they’re for us too. We need that time to get to know you, to make sure we completely understand what you love and what you hate so that your wedding day turns out the way you expect.
We’ll do everything in our power to make it awesome – after all, we have a saying: “No Lame Engagements!”