Brides are always trying to find ways to cut costs when it comes to the wedding. And that’s understandable; with all the details and vendors you talk to, it seems like the cost keeps snowballing. But there are a few things you shouldn’t cut out, including Engagement Photos. And here’s why:
1) Get Comfortable with Your Photographer: Your photographer will be spending several hours with you on your wedding day, often involved in the most intimate moments of your day with those whom you love most. Spending this quality time together before the wedding day will give you the opportunity to get to know your photographer and feel comfortable being in front of him or her. It will also give your photographer the opportunity to give you direction and get familiar with your personalities and smiles to ensure that he or she is able to capture you at your best on the big day.
2) Get Comfortable with the Camera: Most brides spend several thousand dollars on the photography for their big day, which suggests that they want the photographs of the day to be absolutely flawless. However, unless you’re a professional model or public figure, you probably aren’t used to smiling for such a quantity of photos as you will be on your wedding day. An E-Session will give you and your fiancé the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera and determine your best angles. You can also try different hair/make-up techniques to figure out what photographs well for you. (Pair your e-session with your hair/make-up trial run for extra primping before the camera!)
3) Get Great Photos: These days, the selfies that we take with our iPhones seem to make up the majority of the photos that we have of ourselves. But now is your chance to get a bunch of great photos of you and your beloved before the big day! Some brides think “Oh, but I’ll have my wedding day photos; why would I need others with my husband?” Engagement photos can be used in a number of ways: on display at your wedding/rehearsal dinner/shower, as part of your invitation or Save-the-Date, up on your wedding website, in any wedding announcements, to update your Facebook photo, as framed variety around your home, etc. (Check out this great post by Aaron Watson about how to use your engagement photos!)
4) It’s Often Free: Lots of photographers include the cost of an engagement session in the cost of your wedding photography package, as it gives them the opportunity to get to know you and your relationship and thus better prepares them to shoot your wedding day. And if you’re already paying for it, don’t give it up!
5) Show Off Another Side of Your Relationship: Regardless of whether or not you have already set the details for your wedding, chances are the photos you take during an engagement session will be quite different from those you take on your wedding day. You are your other-half will have the opportunity to get dressed up in whatever makes you feel the most like yourselves, whether that’s your favorite LBD and suit or your matching kickball uniforms. Take this time to play together and show your personalities. You may theme your session to match your relationship or show off a different side to your relationship. Use props. Showcase a location that is important to you. And get some photos of your new bling!
6) It’s Fun!: Taking engagement photos is incredibly fun! You’ll likely spend the majority of the time laughing, snuggling, kissing and smiling. What better way to spend a few hours with the one you love most?
Whatever you choose to do, just have fun, be yourself, and say cheese!