Our second installment in our photography tips series is especially for all you brand-spanking newly engaged couples! These days a majority of our couples take the time to schedule an engagement photo shoot with their newly booked wedding photographers, but for those of you who are on the fence here's what the experts say!
"Engagement sessions are not only such fun, but also allow you the chance to get in front of the camera before your big day! Let’s be real: when was the last time you had a photo done by something other than an iPhone? For some couples, that is: never! The engagement session gives us both the opportunity to get to know each other one-on-one and in person. I have the chance to hear your story and capture you two as a couple to let your personalities shine through, and you have the chance to get all dolled up for beautiful portraits that will last a lifetime and grace the walls next to your wedding day photos. Plus, who doesn’t love the excuse for a date night after the engagement session to celebrate?!" -Lauren Carnes Photography
"Engagement sessions are great for so many reasons! I love that it gives me a chance to learn more about a couple. Also, it’s fun preparation for the wedding day and gives couples a chance to be in front of the camera before the big day. Most importantly, I think it’s nice to celebrate the actual engagement and walk away with photos in non-wedding attire!" -Ashley Seawell Photography
"Oh gosh there are so many reasons to do an engagement session! It really is like a “test run” before the wedding day. It’s the best opportunity for all three of us to get to know one another, for me to see what makes you all comfortable/how you interact with one another, and for you to get a feel for how I work and what to expect the rest of our time working together. I really believe that our time spent together at the engagement session lays the best foundation for the rest of your engagement - you know I’m truly on your team and want you guys to have fun with me and one another, and as a bonus you get some really beautiful, relaxed, informal photos of you and your fiancé doing everyday life together! And it’s the perfect time to include your furbabies, which I always love!" -Britt Croft Photography
"Engagement sessions are a GREAT way to relax, and not only get to know us, but for the Groom (and often the Bride) to get comfortable behind the camera. Even though wedding photos are often the epitome of perfection on a formal level, our engagement sessions are always such a relaxed capture of the couple." -Mark Williams Studio
"Couples often use an engagement session as an opportunity to get a "Save-the-date" photo, but there are many other advantages as well! For one, I love the time it gives me to bond with my bride and groom - figure out their quirks, what makes them laugh, and hear their love story. I always feel like my couples have an easier time in front of the camera on their wedding day if they've had an engagement session first." -Whitney Wysong Photography
If you enjoyed this blog post, also make sure to read the first installment in this series!
Image by Lauren Carnes Photography