Remember the week after Christmas when we got that “snowstorm” that turned into rain and then solid ice the next day? Well, we headed just 30 min north of the Twin Cities and it was a completely different world! Bunker Hill Regional Park was the perfect winter wonderland for Aly and Bill’s engagement session. I’m so glad we were able to get their photos done before that fleeting snowfall melted! These two will tie the knot this coming summer and we are so excited to photograph it for them!
Kim and Stephen are high school sweethearts with a lot of love for nordic skiing! In fact, Ari coached them both on the XC ski team during their high school years. So it was a no brainer to include skiing into their engagement photos! With the lack of natural snow around these days, we headed to the man made snow at Theodore Wirth Park. To add some variety to their session, Kim and Stephen decided to start out wearing sweaters and jeans before changing into their cross country ski wear and getting out their skinny skis!
Are you ready for post #2 in our engagement sessions series? If you read our first post about engagement sessions then you already know that I love engagement sessions! To sum up that first post; engagement sessions are a great way for you to get in front of the camera before your wedding day and to get to know what your photographer’s working style is like! Another great thing about them is that there's also more time to play, stretch creatively and infuse a bit of yourself into your images! Which is what this post is all about!
Infusing your personality into your engagement session doesn't have to be complicated, you can think about a hobby that you enjoy doing together, maybe two hobbies that clash in a funny way, or simply a place that you like to go together. Think about what you like to do together.
Where/How Did you Meet?
Maybe the local beer scene is your jam?
Maybe you found mugs with your nicknames on them…
Or T-shirts with an inside joke on them…
What are your hobbies?
What are your ideas? We’d love to hear them!
These two are getting married next October and we are so excited for them! We met at Como zoo conservatory for their engagement session and also went outside to find the last patch of colorful leaves to frolic in!
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!