But Why an Engagement Session?
So, you’ve been proposed to and wedding planning has begun! You have started booking your vendors – Venue, Photographer, Dj, Make up, Hair, Videographer, etc etc. And I totally get trying to cut corners and save money on certain things!
There are a few things I get asked when a couple inquires with me. And one that I have heard from several inquiring couples is something along the lines of, “My friend is doing our engagement session. How much would it be without an engagement session from you?”
First, let me add that I love that they are getting an engagement session done by their friend! When my best friend was planning her wedding, I definitely did her engagement session (and she really had no choice). But here is why I offer my E-session as complimentary.
I believe that they are a VITAL part of the entire process. During the engagement session, our couples get a chance to know me and experience how I work. But more importantly, I get to know them. And this makes a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. Come wedding day, I arrive knowing how the couple interacts with one another, what poses fit best, and how to bring out those genuine smiles. I learn things during an engagement session about the couple that is invaluable! More than they could ever try to tell me with words. And I arrive on their wedding day feeling like friends rather than strangers.
As your wedding day draws closer, there are going to be many things you prepare for. You get a hair trial to figure out what hair style fits you best for this occasion. You get a make up trial so you can visualize exactly what your make up artist is going to do to bring your best features to life. You have a cake tasting, food tasting, and some even practice their first dance! You also will have a few dress fittings to make sure your perfect dress is tailored exactly how you need it to be. You practice reading your vows, and the day before the wedding, you will have a rehearsal to go over the Ceremony.
So it only makes sense to practice with your photographer! This way you will feel like a pro as the wedding day approaches. PLUS sometimes things happens you may have only very limited time to get the max amount of portraits.
So, if your photographer offers an engagement session – take it! You will not regret being prepared knowing exactly what to expect come wedding day.