Do I Really Need an Engagement Session?
Finding the right photographer can be difficult. Deciding what you actually need in a wedding photography package can be even more difficult. Do you want full day coverage? Yep. Two photographers at the wedding? Definitely. An engagement session? Uhh…
For some reason, the engagement session has become “that thing we don’t really need”. After all, you already have a million cute selfies of the two of you together. So, do you really need an engagement session? The short answer is YES. The slightly longer answer can be found here in these four reasons why an engagement session is so important.
1. You will get to know your photographer
You will spend 8 to 10 hours of your wedding day with your photographer. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what kind of experience to expect from them before your wedding day? An engagement session is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know about your photographer’s personality and shooting style. You’ll get to see how they direct, pose, and interact with you while shooting. You’ll begin to bond over shared interests (do you both love The Walking Dead and hate cilantro?) Developing this kind of familiarity with your photographer will help put you at ease and make you feel less awkward in front of the camera. Besides, wouldn’t you rather spend those 8 to 10 hours with someone who feels more like a friend than random vendor you booked 9 months ago and haven’t seen since?
2. It’s a well deserved break
Let’s face it, as much fun as it can be, wedding planning can also be a real drag. All the stress can make you forget why you wanted a wedding in the first place, let alone spend the rest of your life with the person who is refusing to compromise on the budget so that you can get those chivari chairs for the reception. Use an engagement session as a time take a step back and remember what you love most about your fiancé. This mindset will reflect itself in your photos by making your expressions and body language much more genuine and relaxed. Make the most of this time because an engagement session is designed to be a fun experience. When else do you get to spend a couple hours smooching and snuggling up in public while a pro takes amazing photos
3. The photos are actually useful
After your engagement session, you will actually have beautiful photos of the two of you together that were not taken with your phone! I know, it’s almost hard to imagine what that will be like. And once you have them, you will use them. You can, for instance, post them on your wedding website, use them in your save the dates, include them in your wedding day slideshow, incorporate them into cute custom thank-you notes for your bridal shower, hang them on your wall, personalize your table numbers or centerpieces, design your own postage stamps for the invitations, and the list goes on. Just in case that wasn’t enough, I recommend searching for more ideas on Pinterest and then letting all the crafty search results completely blow your mind.
4. Your photographer will get to know YOU
This may actually be the most important reason why you should have an engagement session with your photographer, and its why a complimentary session is included with most Pearl Grey packages. An engagement session is designed to be a fun, relaxed setting where your photographer can learn more about you as a couple, like what makes you both laugh and how you interact with each other. Knowing this kind of information beforehand will allow your photographer to plan ahead and make the most out of your time together on the wedding day. The more your photographer can learn about you as a couple, the easier it will be to capture who you really are and express your individual style through their images.
An engagement session is so much more than extra photos. It’s an investment in your overall wedding photography experience. Working closely with your photographer will let you know what to expect before the big day arrives. This will help put you at ease and allow you to enjoy your wedding day even more because you’ll be spending it with a friend instead of a stranger. Not only that, but it is the perfect excuse to take a day off from the planning and enjoy a couple of hours together while your new bestie photographer creates dozens of beautiful images for you. Most importantly, however, an engagement session is a chance for your photographer to learn who you are as a couple so that once the wedding day arrives, they will know how capture a perfect and unique story that is all your own.