We understand that it can seem frivolous to have professional engagement photos taken and we understand how tempting it can be to skip engagement photos completely or resort to having a friend snap photos with their “nice” camera, when you’re on a tight budget. Engagement photos are not just another photo session, but a very important way to help you prepare for the wedding.
They’re a Great Way to Practice Posing
Not everyone is born photogenic and completely comfortable posing in front of a camera. It can be awkward, we’ll be the first to admit. You’ll be thinking, “Where do I do with my hands?” “Does my smile look awkward?” “Do the two of us look natural, or does it look like picture day?” All of those questions can be answered well before the wedding day arrives if you schedule an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer.
Even if you’re totally comfortable as the center of attention, an engagement session is great way to figure out which poses work best for the two of you, which angles are most flattering, and so much more. Believe it or not, even seasoned professional models still practice posing for the camera.
They’re a Great Way to Get to Know Your Photographer
An engagement session will give you a chance to really get to know and get comfortable working with your wedding photographer. It’ll give him/her the chance to discover what’s important to you guys as a couple, to get to know your personalities, and to learn how to make you both comfortable. This is precisely the reason so many photographers include engagement sessions in their packages.
If you and your photographer just don’t click, it’s important to discover it now and not on the wedding day. The truth is, if you and your photographer aren’t jiving, it’ll be obvious in the photos.
Remember even if you love your photographer, communication is vitally important at every step. Did you enjoy the engagement shoot, and the resulting images? Is there something you would have liked to see different? Your photographer is certainly going to look at each image very critically and learn what works for both of you together and individually.
As a test drive
Besides using the engagement session to practice posing & what not, also try make this a trial for your hair & makeup the morning before the session. That way, you’ll be able to find out how your ‘hair & makeup holds up & how it looks in photographs.
They’re a Whole Lot of Fun!
Your engagement/connection session is a chance for you and your fiancée to bond even more while learning how to get photographed together. Plus, it’s just plain old fun being together in some of your favorite places before all the hectic wedding planning gets underway.
With an engagement session, you can be a lot more silly & a lot more creative than the wedding day often permits, so take advantage of it!
They’re Wonderful Mementos
Most of all, your engagement photos will serve as precious first mementos. While of course you’ll have your formal wedding portraits when you’re dressed to the nines, it’ll be so wonderful to be able to pull out professionally photographed images of the two of you in more casual wear during this oh-so exciting and emotional time in your life. After all, how many professional photo shoots are you really going to have together in your life? If you’re like most people, not many. So take advantage of this new beginning. Your engagement is a fleetingly short period of time in your life’s love story, so having photos you can return to for trips down memory lane are truly priceless, both for you & for future generations.
Super useful later!
And, last but not least, engagement photos are no longer images that you stick in an album and forget about they can be used for save-the-date notifications, send out copies with your wedding invitations, use them in wedding day guestbook, incorporate them into the reception decor, or use them for thank-you cards or holiday cards, many couples frame them and use them as decor for their first home, etc. So as you can see the uses and possibilities are endless and your investment can be put to good use!