One of the most common questions I get asked when I first meet with couples is, why should we take engagement photos?
Engagement sessions are a great way to get to interact with your wedding photographer. Hopefully, that’s me. It lets you build a relationship with your photographer. I like to think of it as also a great practice session for the wedding day. I don’t think I’ve ever had a couple I have worked with regret doing an engagement session. Best of all, if you’ve booked my most popular collection it’s included complimentary! If you’ve booked your photographer way in advance, you’ll also be able to use the engagement session photos for your save the date wedding invites!
Pick A Date!
The first and most important thing is to pick a date. In my experience book your engagement session as soon as you can if you’re looking to send out save the dates. Also, think about the theme you want or the place you might want your engagement photos. If you’re looking for outdoors and warm photos you might want to book in the spring or summer. Also, poppy fields, snow, almond groves are seasonal if you’re looking for very specific themes. Locations can be restricted based on time of the year as well, for example, some areas are closed off in Yosemite until April/May.
When it comes to planning for your engagement session. I’ll send you a list of Do’s and Don’ts. I also love to build mood boards with my couples for their engagement session. What’s a mood board? It’s a collection images detailing what you do and don’t like, so you’re not completely guessing what your photos my turnout like after the session.
What to Wear
I always recommend dressing up for your engagement session. Although that’s really up to you. Here are a few things I would recommend you don’t do:
– Clothes displaying logos
– Busy patterns
Here are a few things I do recommend:
– Coordinating outfits
– Bringing extra outfits on hangers
– Ironing your clothes
– Bringing a pair of comfortable shoes if the ones you have are not
Engagement sessions are meant to be fun. I always describe it as a fun date with a third wheel who happens to be a photographer. I’d love to be considered as your wedding photographer. If you’re interested in a more detailed Engagement Session Guide please contact me!