For years, Aldo and I have had couples photo sessions for our holiday cards – and I am super excited for this years! Yup, we did it while we were in Italy!!! I’m sure many of you are familiar with them since you’ve probably received them in your inbox or regular old mailbox. It’s a special treat, something we do as much for our clients as for ourselves. It’s a way for us to share our love story with you, just as many of you have shared your story with us when you allowed us to capture your romance.
Don’t be fooled, just because we are photographing couples day in and day out with engagement sessions and weddings and directing and guiding, we still feel awkward on the other side. So your not alone!
You’ve seen the pictures…Aldo and I snuggling closer than normal, standing in positions we don’t stand in normally, all dressed up walking in the woods or around abandoned buildings – all to make the images look amazing and natural. Sounds complicated, right? Not really, it just takes practice.
This is why we encourage all of our couples to have an engagement session prior to the wedding day. You want to focus on your wedding and make sure that you are at your best. Having an engagement session let’s you kick those nerves and awkward feelings to the side. I mean, think about all the prep work you’ve been doing for your wedding. You’ve been on the wedding diet for God only knows how long, spent months hunting for the perfect bridesmaids dresses, not to mention your own perfect dress. Why shouldn’t you make sure you’re at your best for your wedding photos, too?
How does one do that you ask? With an engagement session, of course!Engagement sessions are one of my favorite things to photograph. I love capturing the romance…the excitement…the joy of two people who are about to devote their love to each other.
Sure, you’re nervous about having your photos taken, but an engagement session is the perfect time to work them out. It’s a special time for the couple to be alone and get acquainted with the camera and photographer as a couple.So much is happening on your wedding day – so many emotions, people and activities. An engagement session will give you some quiet time as a couple to just be together and be you and learn your favorite looks together, as well as build a deeper relationship with your photographer.
Some photographers include the engagement session in packages, while others opt to have it as an add-on. Here at Krista Mason Photography we feel it is a must. While we have packages with and without the engagement session to fit your needs, we highly encourage all of our couples to take advantage of the benefits by including one with your wedding package.
Check out our top reasons why an engagement session is a must have bonus.
1. Helps build a relationship with your photographer
This is key! At this point you have probably built a basic relationship with your photographer, you get along and are becoming fast friends. But, it is time to take the relationship to the next level by actually working with your photographer by having an engagement session. This time together will help you understand your photographer better and help build your confidence in your photographer, making you more comfortable with them being in the middle of your intimate moments.When they give you guidance for your wedding photos, you’ll know exactly what they are asking without having to think twice about it. You’ll be comfortable knowing what’s coming next – this is key on your wedding day, because you already have so much to think about you don’t need to add anything else to it.The engagement session helps your photographer understand you and what you’re comfortable with and how to better communicate with you on your big day. It allows your photographer to determine if you like more snuggles, if your serious or like lots of laughs, or a good mixture of both. Not all couples are good with the serious, and vice versa, so this time together helps your photographer learn your vibes and what works best for you as a couple…just like dating, the engagement session is a trial run!
2. Helps you be comfortable and confident for your wedding photos
Ok, this is key…lol. Who doesn’t want to feel more comfortable and confident in their photos? I know I do! By having an engagement session you will feel more prepared and know what you like and don’t like. This means you can be confident that you and your photographer will get the best photos possible on your wedding day. When you spend this extra time with your photographer, you’re building a relationship that will result in you being more comfortable with him or her. This will go a long way in making your photos much more amazing and natural! You’ll get those awkward nerves out of the way, well, at least the ones about being photographed. Unless you’re a supermodel, you probably aren’t used to being the center of all that attention and having to smile for such a long period of time. Having an engagement session will help you be a pro in front of the camera for your wedding.
3. Discover your best looks and how to get them
The good stuff…that’s what you want! An engagement session lets your photographer learn your best angles, your best poses that let you relax and have fun. Even better, you lean what angles you like, what side you like, what poses are most comfortable, all the way down to the details of holding hands. This also builds up your confidence, since you’ll know what to do to look radiant on your big day.Make sure you share with your photographer what your likes and dislikes are. Remember they aren’t mind readers, so be open with them. We want to make sure your photos are your best, so don’t be afraid to tell them if something makes you feel uncomfortable. Don’t forget to tell them what you love, too, so they can focus on that! As an added bonus, you could do a trial hair and make-up session, so you can see how you like it on camera.
4. A chance for amazing unique photos
Your engagement session is your time to shine – a chance to be unique – from your hair and make-up, your outfits, even your location. Go ALL out! Have fun. Choose a fun and sexy outfit, get your hair and make-up done and coordinate with your photographer on a unique location that fits your personality as a couple. Choose your own adventure!!
We find that couples often use their engagement photos for wall portraits in their home, sometimes instead of their wedding photos, since your wedding photos will often be very different – more formal – than your engagement photos. Your engagement session is a chance for you to be just be you and wear what is most like you. Whether that’s a fancy dress and suit or jeans and a t-shirt or maybe both, why not? Your photos are usually taken in a natural setting and, ideally, an everyday moment – just jazzed up a bit. So, it will fit in perfectly in your home, because it’s the story of the two of you! Get crazy and have fun, rent a vintage car, throw confetti or holi powder at each other, take a stroll downtown or ride a bike, go retro, bake a cake, play in the snow or rain…your options are limited only by your imagination!
5. Opportunity for unique decor
Besides being a source for great home décor, your engagement photos will make for great additions to your wedding design. Use your engagement photos as a sign-in book or display some of the images at your reception; those same portraits will look beautiful displayed in your home. Use your photos as table numbers or in some unique way as a fun display – maybe a wall mural – escort cards, postage stamps or anything you want! They make great holiday cards too! You don’t have to limit using them just at your wedding, use them for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, part of your invitations or on your website.We’ve given you some great reasons for scheduling an engagement session, so what are you waiting for?