I have an idea. Lets charge people a lot of money for their wedding photography, and then invent another photo session to add on to that so we can charge them even more! That’s how some people feel about engagement sessions. I’ve gotten questions about why I do engagement photos, and I guess that you could look at them in that light. But then you should look at me and the engagement shoots I do. I do engagement sessions when I’m on vacation just because they are so much more fun than most other things to do. If I’m shooting a couple’s wedding, I don’t charge for the engagement photos. And I HIGHLY recommend brides and grooms make every effort to make the session happen a good amount of time before the wedding. So you might ask, Why am I such a fan?
There are in fact a lot of reasons to do engagement photos.
First of all, good photos and fun times come from relationships. I mean it’s one of the most important days of your life, and everyone else attending is a close friend who you have a meaningful relationship with. I don’t expect to be the bride and grooms VERY BEST friend, but I do like to feel like we have a connection and can have a good time together. And you know what? We could end up best friends, it’s happened before. So there you go! Engagement sessions are a great chance for us to have some fun, hang out, and get to know each other a little better. It’s funny, but the most frequent comment I get from people after we finish our e-session is “wow that was a lot more fun than I expected”.
Second it’s almost like a practice session for your wedding. It gives you a chance to see how I shoot, and it gives me a chance to see how you interact together. Every couple has their cute little smiles, inside jokes, and comfortable embraces. I want to know what they are and capitalize on them. Knowing how you interact is key to making amazing wedding photos that represent YOU. It makes it fun and it makes it real! It also gives you a chance to see and understand the process and how I work a lot better before your big day.
Third, I find that most couples get a big print from their wedding, and/or do a wedding album. But they still need photos for the rest of their house. Like that little nook by the front door, or the nightstand by the bed, or maybe even on the bathroom sink (I’ve seen it more than once). Well engagement sessions are the no limits, crazy awesome wardrobe, multiple location chance to: show your love, look great, have fun, and create some amazing pre-wedding photos. I mean what other point in your life do you have that adorably cute love which is so full of anticipation. So why not capture it to keep forever.
When it comes down to it, I think engagement photos could be a scam if your photographer is in it only for the money. But if they’re like me and in it for the pure joy of capturing those unforgettable moments of love in some amazing images, then engagement sessions are nothing less than a wonderful invention!
p.s. I’ve done almost 100 engagement sessions in the past 2 years, so feel free to click here if you need some ideas. =).
p.s.s Ok one more thing. This is cute. My friend Josh just got engaged last night. Yes, 14 hours ago. Ashley is only in town for this weekend, so he decided to propose and then come over here the next morning for a quick mini session before she heads back to Nebraska. I love it! I’m about to head to a wedding, but here’s a quick preview from this morning.