But engagement photos are more than just portraits for your save-the-date cards. They are an opportunity to celebrate your love and capture this special time in your lives—your last months before becoming a married couple.
I believe every couple should invest in an engagement session, and while I may be biased as a wedding photographer, I think these photos are incredibly valuable and many couples end up cherishing their engagement images just as much as they do their wedding photos.
Get to know your wedding photographer
Stepping in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking, but it becomes easier when you feel comfortable with your photographer. An engagement session can give you and your partner an opportunity to spend time with and grow more comfortable with your wedding photographer before the big day.
If your wedding photographer has already worked with you during your engagement session, they will have a better understanding of your likes and dislikes and how best to capture your wedding day. Your engagement photos can have a huge benefit for your wedding photos and make your photographer’s job a little easier.
For this session, I got to meet Cristina and Jonathan fir their engagement session at one of my favorite venues, Chapel Valley Farm! This was actually my very first time meeting them and honestly, they were an absolute dream! As an engagement photographer, of course you’re interested in getting some of the details for a couples wedding but personally, I love to do a lot of “small chat” with my couples. This actually helps couples kind of move from that “we’re here on business” vibe and really feel a bit more relaxed and at ease…because sometimes it’s not always easy being comfortable around new people 🙂
Use your engagement photos in your wedding décor
One of the main reasons many couples choose not to have an engagement session with an engagement photographer is because they don’t know what they will do with the photos. And while your images will look great on your save-the-dates or wedding website, there’s so much more you can do with them!
Engagement photos make for gorgeous wall art as you decorate your new home together and are the perfect personal addition to your wedding décor. I’ve seen couples create an album of their engagement photos to use as a guestbook or decorate the tables in their reception venue with some of their favorite images from their engagement session. There are plenty of ways to make your photos part of your wedding day!
Show off your personalities
You and your partner will most likely be dressed to the nines on your wedding day, and while you’ll certainly look stunning, you may not feel 100% like yourselves. Your engagement session is the perfect chance to get some gorgeous professional photos of the two of you as a couple in your normal clothes, showing off the personalities that drew you together in the first place.
Turn your session into a date
At some point, you will definitely want a break from the stress of wedding planning. You can turn your engagement session into a full-day date. Go on an adventurous trek with your partner and your engagement photographer to capture some gorgeous photos, and while you’re both all dressed up, why not head out to dinner as well? How often do you go on a date and get some amazing images as well?
Feel as confident as a model
When was the last time you had a professional photo session? For most people, it’s often their high school senior portraits, which means they’re not at all comfortable in front of the camera. Your engagement session is the perfect opportunity to practice your posing and smiling for your wedding day. When you feel more confident having your photo taken, you will be more likely to feel comfortable with your engagement photographer snapping away on your wedding day with your wedding photographer, resulting in images you and your new spouse will absolutely love.
If you’re in the market for a wedding or engagement photographer, we are still filling a few spots for 2021! You can check out some of my work HERE! Reach out and let’s set up a time for coffee!