The engagement session is very important to me as a wedding photographer. I loooove me some extra time with my couples! It's very rare to find someone super comfortable in front of the camera right off the bat- especially on one of the most nerve-wracking day of their lives. At the start of almost every e-session, my clients start out saying that they're going to be awkward, and I ensure them that if you don't feel at least a little bit awkward in front of the camera, you're not normal! Plus, I promise that I'm funny and will probably say some weird stuff to make you laugh and loosen up!
One of the primary benefits of doing an engagement session is that it will help you get used to being in front of the camera before your wedding. I’ll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! What I will learn about you during your engagement session is invaluable. You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practice you had during your engagement session, and that’s how it should be! Remembering back what you did at your engagement session will help make your portrait time more efficient on the big day and allow you to get even more photos you want during that time. During an e-session I teach you both my Core Four Poses that we will end up implementing on your big day. Even if you do not end up remembering what they are called by the time we do them on your wedding day, you will still remember the feeling they invoke and your body will remember. Practice makes perfect!
I was photographing a wedding day and the forecast called for 60 mph wind and rain between during the Bride and Groom's intimate portrait time. Yikes! After their First Look moment was completed, we had about two minutes to get half of their portraits that they were going to have from their whole wedding day! Not only were we speedy + efficient, but we absolutely exceeded all of our own expectations- and in less than two minutes! After the two minutes, I picked up the brides train and we ran into the bridal suit to hide from the rain! We wouldn't have been able to accomplish many portraits without having had "practiced" at their engagement session the previous spring. The Bride and Groom knew what my core poses were when I called them out and they were comfortable enough to trust me as their photographer to get everything they would need- and more.
Also in my experience as a wedding photographer, I've come to find that most men (ok, this can be literally anyone!) are not very comfortable in front of the camera. By doing the engagement session, it'll allow me to establish a rapport with the groom behind the camera so he feels more comfortable on the wedding day. And not only that, but you’ll walk away with so many more portraits of the two of you because you will have had great practice at your engagement session! I cherish our time during our engagement sessions because that’s when I truly get to interact with my sweet couples and form real friendships with them.
Now, if that didn't sell you- here's one last reason to have an e-session with your wedding photographer: more portraits! Maybe you want to use them for Save the Dates or just want to update the frames in your house. Or, if your wedding is next year, consider using your engagement portraits on your Holiday Cards this year and your wedding portraits the next.
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