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Why You Should Do an Engagement Session

Wedding Essentials

January 20, 2020

Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer

Wedding Essentials


When it comes to your wedding, one important word comes to mind: trust. Not only is the trust between you and your soon-to-be significant other of obvious importance, but so are the trustworthy relationships you have with your vendors. 

El Matador Engagement Session - El Matador, California - Taylor'd Southern Events
El Matador Engagement Session - El Matador, California - Taylor'd Southern Events

With so many talented photographers, it is essential to trust your photographer will put the quality of their creative direction and ability to connect on a personal level at the top of their priority list. When you work with a photographer for the first time on the day of your wedding, you are setting yourself up for more variables than most couples feel comfortable with on their most important day. That is why so many couples choose to book an engagement session with their top-choice photographer. 

Charleston, SC Engagement Session - Wedding Photographer - Destination Wedding
Charleston, SC Engagement Session - Wedding Photographer - Destination Wedding

There are significant advantages of partaking in professional engagement photos before the day you say “I do.” Feeling a little camera shy? Engagement photos are your best chance to get comfortable in front of the camera and with your photographer! Think of your engagement shoot as a practice shoot for your wedding day. A skilled photographer is more than shooting and editing. During the session, they can encouragingly guide your poses, so it’s less awkward, and they even pick up on how you interact with one another. These small details, along with their professional shooting and editing style, is what will make your photos the best they can be! By the end of your engagement session you will feel like a professional model and have more confidence than you ever thought possible! And you will have a new BFF!

Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer

We believe the engagement session is one of the most important parts of the entire wedding process. We love getting to know our clients before the wedding day and an engagement session is the perfect opportunity for that! During the engagement session you’ll have the opportunity to get to know me, experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session will make a huge impact on how the wedding day flows. I will arrive on the wedding day 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!

Destin, FL Engagement Session - Wedding Photographer - Destination Wedding
Destin, FL Engagement Session - Wedding Photographer - Destination Wedding

Along with getting to know your photographer on a personal-basis, engagement photos allow for a trial run to make you feel less concerned about wedding day photos. Plus it takes the pressure off of the “awkward” factor of posing in front of a camera. Trust me, it is awkward!

Glamis Sand Dunes Engagement Session - Elopement Photographer - Destination Wedding
Glamis Sand Dunes Engagement Session - Elopement Photographer - Destination Wedding

Remember, your love story isn’t just about your wedding day. Your engagement is a journey as well, and one that should have its own celebration! Choose a location for your shoot that is important to both of you and significant to your relationship. It’s a great way to reconnect with one another and take a breath away from wedding planning. What the two of you share a favorite hobby? Do you have a favorite weekend getaway? It is more fun when you get creative with the location of your engagement photos and it will make for the best memories! If the two of you love to ski then do a weekend getaway skiing and have your photographer meet you for an epic ski themed engagement session! I love when couples pick a location that is special or sentimental to them in some way! If you can’t think of anywhere specific that you would like to shoot, I can help you decide on a location!

South Eden Plantation Engagement Session - Tallahassee, FL Photographer - Florida Engagement Photographer - Florida Wedding Photographer
Yosemite Engagement Session - Yosemite Elopement Photographer - Destination Wedding Photographer
South Eden Plantation Engagement Session - Tallahassee, FL Photographer - Florida Engagement Photographer - Florida Wedding Photographer
South Eden Plantation Engagement Session - Tallahassee, FL Photographer - Florida Engagement Photographer - Florida Wedding Photographer

The photos you take away from your engagement shoot are also wonderful gifts for your loved ones. You can use the images for your save the dates, your wedding website, incorporate them into your wedding decor, and submit them to publications! 

Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
Horseshoe Bend Engagement Session - Arizona - Elopement Photographer
South Eden Plantation Engagement Session - Tallahassee, FL Photographer - Florida Engagement Photographer - Florida Wedding Photographer
South Eden Plantation Engagement Session - Tallahassee, FL Photographer - Florida Engagement Photographer - Florida Wedding Photographer

There are so many incredible benefits to having an engagement session, and we hope you are convinced as well. To learn more about booking an engagement session, click here

XOXO,

Lauren

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