As a professional wedding photographer and newlywed myself I can see both sides of the professional world and engaged world. This past month I had several couples ask, “Why do I need to have an engagement session?” I love taking photographs and absolutely hate having my picture taken. *Gasp* I know right. When reading this list keep that in mind. I know exactly how you must feel! Photo anxiety is real. I have to put together my top 5 reasons to have your engagement photos taken. Comment below with your top reasons!
I always joke that hiring your photographer is a bit like online dating. You see our pictures online, we have a phone consult, then we have our first date: your engagement session. The session is a great way to get to know your photographer. You’ll get a chance to see our pace and how we work which better prepares you for your wedding day.
Your photographer gets a chance to learn more about your relationship and this is so important for your wedding portraits. Are you a quiet couple that likes to cuddle and slow dance? Are you a outgoing couple that loves to laugh and run through the fields hand in hand? We will be better prepared for portraits on your wedding day. Photographers pick up on little things through your interaction together and this allows us better serve you.
Perhaps you have just moved in together. You might have been living together for a few years now! Take a look around the room. Do you have any professional photographs together that are non-wedding related? Probably not. This is a great opportunity to have timeless photographs to decorate your home with. No one has ever regretted taking a photo with a loved one, they sure have regretted not taking a photo.
If you have had professional photographs taken together in the past you need to file that experience away because this experience will be nothing like that. Two amazing, talented and perfectly qualified professionals will have two entirely different approaches for creating portraits. Engagement sessions are practice for your wedding day. You’ll learn what your photographer means when they say “Hold her hand and kiss her on the cheek.” “Walk towards me you guys.” or “Let’s go here the light is great!” On the other hand your photographer might become quiet during portraits when they’ve suddenly become inspired. You’ll know their silence means they are creating something amazing. You wouldn’t want to spend time learning these things on your wedding day. Practice before hand so you can spend more time creating together!
Although having your photograph taken together can be nerve-wracking it really is fun. You get to hold your lovers hand, give little kisses and cuddle. I always suggest that my couples turn their sessions into date nights! You just got your hair and makeup done or dry cleaned your good suit so take advantage and enjoy a night out on the town!
I hope I was able to convince you to have an engagement session! If you liked this article then you might like this one: Why you should trust your photographer!