From becoming comfortable in front of the camera to connecting with your loved one, here are five reasons why you should schedule an engagement session with your wedding photographer.
When you start inquiring about wedding photography packages, the question of whether you want an engagement session will invariably pop up. Even if you’ve got hundreds of photographs of you and your future spouse together, an e-session can be an important step in ensuring gorgeous, emotionally-charged photos on your wedding day.
For those who don’t feel so comfortable in front of the camera, it should be high on your agenda, as it gives you time to relax and build rapport with whoever’s behind the lens. Still not convinced? Well here are just five reasons why you should schedule an engagement session with your wedding photographer.
1. Get to know your photographer.
First and foremost, your engagement session is a great opportunity to really get to know your wedding photographer before your special day. Unless you’re a seasoned, professional model, having a stranger pointing a lens at you may not be the most relaxing situation and it takes time to build trust and understanding.
Spending a few hours shooting an e-session will do just that, allowing you to better understand the working style of your photographer and for them to establish your unique personalities and how you interact with one another. They’ll be able to determine whether you need a lot of guidance in expressing your love for one another or if just being in the presence of your future spouse creates chemistry that’s worthy of capturing!
Each couple is different and being able to read the situation and respond to it is where an experienced wedding photographer can really make a difference. An engagement session allows them to gain a much better understanding of you and how they should approach the wedding day shoot to capture the raw emotions of each and every moment.
2. Become more comfortable in front of the camera.
Being in front of the camera can be quite daunting for some people and rather than letting their true personality shine through, they become stiff and awkward. Some of the most beautiful wedding day moments are when couples relax and really wear their emotions on their sleeves. But if you’re feeling intimidated by the camera or nervous that you’ll be caught in unflattering poses, your photographer can’t achieve this.
An engagement session with your wedding photographer allows you to find your comfort zone with the camera and see the results of being vulnerable with your emotions. Your photographer will have an insiders knowledge of what works (and what doesn’t), so trust in their judgment (and that they won’t post unflattering photos of you for the world to see!) Perhaps there may be a few moments caught on camera that don’t show you or your partner’s best side. But the beauty of digital photography is that they can be erased in the click of a button, while those that show your raw emotions will last as enduring memories.
3. Find out which photos work for you.
An engagement session with your wedding photographer allows you to see yourself in professional photos and decide what you like and what you don’t. There might be angles or particular shots from the e-session that you really love and if you communicate that to your wedding photographer, they can take it on board when capturing your special day.
Perhaps there were certain poses your photographer suggested that you weren’t really sure about at the time. Looking back on the photos you’ll get a different perspective and might even discover that they are some of your favorite images from the day. The key is to experiment, be creative, and communicate with your photographer because unless you tell them what you love, they’ll never know.
4. Test run your makeup.
If you’ve decided to have your makeup professionally done for your wedding day, then a test run is common to figure out what works for you. An engagement session is a perfect opportunity to do this as it enables you to see how it holds up under the elements and in front of the camera, particularly if it’s with the same photographer who will be shooting your wedding.
It will give you a good idea as to how your makeup will last in the outdoors (and for how long), as well as how it will appear in your wedding photos. If you’re not 100% happy with it, then at least you have time to make any tweaks or alterations with your makeup artist before the big day itself.
5. Connect and have fun together!
The lead up to weddings can be incredibly stressful, particularly if you’re going it alone without a wedding planner. There are so many little details to organize and events to coordinate that things can get overwhelming and it’s easy to lose perspective. An engagement session is an opportunity to take a step back, reconnect with your loved one, and just have fun together.
Select locations that have a special meaning for you as a couple or reflect how you like to spend your leisure time together…and then let your creativity flow! Perhaps you can bring along some props for a romantic picnic in a grassy field or head to your favorite ice cream parlor together. Just like your wedding day, you can give your engagement session a really personal stamp…and have a lot of fun at the same time!
It might seem like an unnecessary addition to your wedding budget, but an engagement session is a perfect opportunity to connect with your photographer and become comfortable in front of the camera while finding out what works for you (and what doesn’t) at the same time. The images that you come away with will not only create memories to last a lifetime but will help build excitement about your upcoming wedding day with family and friends.
May 22, 2020