Planning a wedding is a significant undertaking and amidst the hustle and bustle of choosing venues, picking color palettes, and curating guest lists, you might be wondering if an engagement session is worth adding to your to-do list. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s not just another task – it’s a smart choice that can enhance your wedding experience in more ways than one. The sessions usually last about 1.5h ranging in cost from approximately $300 to $500, making them a fairly inexpensive addition to your wedding package. There are many valuable benefits which such an Engagement Session can provide, especially considering the relative low cost and time invested.
1. Getting to know the photographer
Engagement Sessions are the perfect opportunity to become more acquainted with your photographer, their camera and their working style. They inspire candid conversations, making everyone feel more comfortable during the shoot. This is your chance to see how the photographer works without the pressure of the wedding day. What instructions will the photographer provide? For how long does a photographer ask to hold a certain pose? Do they use reflectors, assistants or any special lighting equipment? Once you know what to expect when working with the photographer the wedding day photography is not only more fun and less stressful but usually provides more successful and natural results.
2. Getting to know you
Similarly, an observant photographer gains a higher understanding of you individually and as a couple. How do you interact with each other and with the camera? Are you comfortable in front of the camera or will you require a little bit more coaching? Good photographers look for signs indicating what truly is important to you. Are you looking for romantic portraits or perhaps a touch of humor which shines through in your relationship with your fiancé? Answers to these questions will provide a more refined workflow and better results on your wedding day.
3. Hair and makeup trial
An Engagement Session is also a great opportunity to test your hairstyle and makeup choices. Does your hair look better up or down? How much eye-shadow is just enough for you and the camera? When working with the bride we often suggest that she comes prepared with hair and makeup matching closely her plan for the big day. Not to forget about the groom, guys have a perfect opportunity to test their haircuts and any facial hair sculpting ahead of their big day.
4. Creative use of images
Finally, images from the engagement session can be used to create invitations, image boards and guest books perfect for your wedding day celebrations. Having professional photos available during your engagement and planning phase opens up new opportunities. Your social media account and your wedding website will come alive with the great engagement photos available for posts and profile images. Sending great invitation, creating a couple slide show, image place-cards or physical photo walls is all much easier when you have great content from the engagement shoot.
5. Capture a Unique Chapter of Your Love Story
Your engagement is a unique and beautiful chapter in your love story, and it deserves to be documented. Engagement photos are more than just pictures; they’re visual reminders of the excitement and anticipation you felt before your wedding. Years down the line, you’ll look back at these images and relive those precious moments.
For all of the above reasons, we highly recommend Engagement Sessions. It’s a smart choice that not only benefits your wedding photography but also your friendship with your photographer. It’s a chance to grow closer as a couple, understand your photographer’s style, and create lasting memories. So, before you skip the engagement session, consider the valuable moments and advantages it can bring to your wedding journey.
Please of course let us know if you have any questions related to Engagement Sessions. We are always eager to help in anyway we can!
Also, to find out more about our Engagement Session costs please see our investment section HERE.
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