As a wedding photographer, I get a lot of questions about the engagement session. So I've decided to answer some of these questions in a series of blog posts about, you guessed it, the engagement session! So, first up: "Do we really need an engagement session?" Well, most of our wedding photography collections include an engagement session, so that can clue you in on how important we think they are. There are a few reasons why I love engagement sessions and also feel like they are important to success and even stress reduction on your wedding day.
1. Getting to know you photographer! The engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer(s) and for your photographer(s) to get to know YOU before your wedding day! Why is this important? We feel that photography is a very personal thing and should reflect you. The more we work together, the more we understand each other, and in turn I can better showcase YOU in your wedding photos!
2. Getting used to the camera! Most people these days are pretty used to camera phones, selfies, and posing for a picture with friends; but when a professional camera comes to the scene, it's a different story. Your wedding day is likely the first time you've had your picture professionally taken since your senior pictures and that can be nerve wrecking! I know how you feel, I freak out when the camera is pointed in my direction, that's why I spend so much time on the other side of it! But if you take an hour in a relaxed location with your photographer before your wedding day, it can really ease those nerves and give you a better idea of what to expect on your wedding day!
3. It's fun! Having your picture taken may not be your idea of fun, but we like to let you have fun with your engagement session. Treat it more as time spent in the park (or wherever you choose) with your loved one. We'll give you some direction on what to do, how/where to stand, but mostly we want you to have fun with each other!
4. The pictures are nice to have! Last but not least, your engagement photos are just really nice to have. They are a nice addition to your wedding photos to pass on to future generations and for your family to enjoy leading up to your wedding day! They also make great additions to save-the-dates, wedding programs, website, and even invitations.
So in short, no, you don't need an engagement session. But they can really aide in helping to ease stress and anxiety on your wedding day if you're already comfortable with your photographer(s). The pictures are just plain fun to have, not only for you, but your friends and family too, and they can be a useful addition to visual elements on your wedding day!