Reasons to Have an Engagement Session

I always think it is so important to have an engagement photography session, and it's not just because I'm a photographer. My engagement photos are some of my most cherished photos of me and my husband. While it's great to have all the wedding photos, I don't want my house covered in them. It's nice to have a few in casual outfits that really show more of our personality.

So to help you decide if an engagement session is for you, I've come up with a list of reasons that you SHOULD do it!

1. Great Images

These photos are a family heirloom that will be used for save the dates, announcements, social media, and on your ancestry wall. If you do not have an ancestry wall, I highly recommend you start one. What's that, you might ask? An ancestry wall is a wall in your home filled with all of your family photographs. Having engagements photos of you is an heirloom piece you can pass down to your children's ancestry wall as well. I also know many family members who prefer printing out the engagement photos, rather than the wedding ones for their walls as well.

2. Stronger Relationships

A session for engagements helps foster a stronger relationship between me, the photographer, and you! When you're comfortable in front of the camera, it shows. And the pictures turn out better for everyone involved.

3. Understand Posing

During the engagement session, I get a chance to go over the posing principals without the stresses of the actual wedding day. You get a chance to practice, and decide which poses don't work for you. One of the main concerns I get from clients is on posing, because typically they aren't used to getting in front of a camera. This is my chance to take you through the flattering angles and positions.

4. Confirm your Vision

Having a session before your wedding helps me confirm if I am following in your vision for your big day. If there is anything that you love or dislike, I can address it right away and manage your expectations for the wedding.

5. Improving the Wedding Day

All of the above points really help create an amazing wedding day experience and enhances the fun/comfort of the big day given its usual time constraints.

I really want you to have amazing photos for your wall, and I truly believe that engagement sessions are so important to achieving that. Hopefully this will give you food for thought. If you know of anymore good reasons for engagement sessions, leave a comment below!

My Three Words | Destination Wedding Photographer

When someone comes to me asking about a photo shoot, I usually ask them how they want to be photographed. Many times this is met with very confused faces. Typically, I get the blank stare and the answer: "I just want to look good." I think I've got that covered! So I've started narrowing things down by asking them to come up with three words that pertain to the look and feel of their shoot. Adjectives that you want to feel when you look at the photos.

For example, an engagement couple might say they want a photoshoot that is "fun", "light", and "romantic". This is an awesome way to describe a shoot. I can now manage their expectations by shooting more journalistic fun lifestyle photos mixed with some intimate moments. I'll know that they will probably want more daytime shots to provide an airy, light atmosphere.

But this doesn't just apply to a particular shoot. For my brand and life, I've developed three words that I try to implement into all of my photographic styles. And I wanted to share with you those words that keep me aligned with my style and brand. I always try to at least have one of these adjectives interjected in my pictures.

1. Adventurous

I am all about travel, new places, and destinations. So, in many of my photos, I'm looking at the adventure. Let's get out and see new things. How can we get outside of our comfort zones and into some unique places and experiences? I grew up dreaming of far off places and crazy escapades. If you have a new location you want to go to, hit me up and I'll be there!

2. Romantic

Romance just attracts me. Part of why I'm a photographer who specializes in weddings is because I am drawn to people in love. Relationships are so important in life and romance should never die. I think everyone deserves to have images that show them in a romantic and intimate nature. Something they can hold dear to themselves, even if they don't share it with others.

3. Fun

Fun might be a generic word, but man do I mean it! There is no reason we can't enjoy the time we spend together. I'm quirky and I know how to bring out the weird. Bring on the nerd, and I'll be right there with you. We can laugh and joke as much as you'd like!

 

What are your three words? How would you describe yourself?