Wedding Tip Wednesday: Why Should You Do An Engagement Session?

On the surface, you may think shooting an engagement session with your chosen wedding photographer doesn’t really count as a wedding tip, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth!

You’ve heard the old adage, “practice makes perfect.” It applies to many things in life, and it certainly applies to being photographed. Chances are, you and/or your betrothed are not professional models, and therefore not used to having a professional photographer pointing their camera at you for hours on end. I’ve been on the other side of the camera before, and the experience can be more than a little weird. I’m not gonna lie to you, being professionally photographed can be uncomfortable and awkward, especially at first.

Now, imagine going through that experience for the very first time ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. Yeah, probably not the best idea.


Photos from your engagement session can serve a variety of purposes—you can use them on your wedding website, your Save the Dates, you can even print them up and display them at your wedding—but the engagement session itself serves an even greater purpose: PRACTICE. It’s the first pre-wedding chance that you’ll have to get to know your photographer better and get comfortable with being photographed, as well as give your photographer the opportunity to figure out what method of direction you may need to bring out your best, most natural self in front of the camera. Believe me, you don’t want to figure all that out on your wedding day!

And, so as not to scare you with the whole ‘being professionally photographed can be uncomfortable and awkward’ thing… if you’ve chosen the right photographer, that awkwardness will pass pretty soon into your engagement shoot and you’ll probably end up having a lot of fun! When I’m shooting an engagement session it is always my goal to make sure the couple has a blast.

So, you probably agree by now that having an engagement session actually IS a great wedding tip, one that will help produce better photos of you and your beloved on your wedding day. And that’s a tip that’s worth it’s weight in gold.


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