Our wedding collection includes an engagement session. By now, everyone who doesn't live under a social media rock knows what they are. Naturally, we believe they are not only important, but necessary. As clients, you either love the idea, or you don't. If you're leaning toward "don't", this message is for you.
Here's our top 3 reasons for including an engagement session:
1) It's an experience you deserve to have: It's an hour of time for you together, totally dedicated to your relationship. It's a date that as you're going along, you didn't realize you were having. It's FUN. Seriously... even our stuffiest, most nervous of grooms have had fun with it.
2) So You'll Laugh More: Laughing means you're relaxed, and relaxed means you'll be yourself. No one, I repeat, NO ONE is a natural in front of the camera. Even us photographers, with years of posing experience get flustered when the camera points our way. What helps? Getting to know each other better.
The goal is to raise your comfort level so you won't be as nervous about a little P.D.A. with your fiance. And if I'm being honest - if we're going to spend a full day together at your wedding, I'd kind of want to know who you are too.
3) To learn to be more like Tyra Banks: You know all of those beautiful wedding portraits you're seeing everywhere? Here's a little insider secret: Those don't always just "happen."
I know you want the "photojournalistic-we-just-happen-to-be-posed-perfectly" photograph - but to be honest sometimes, you need a little help. And that's ok.
Coaching happens in an engagement session (in a non-"say cheeeeese!" way), so that on the biggest day of your life, you already know what will make you look your best. That's how those perfect wedding portraits are created more naturally (and quickly- so you can get to the party!).
So, do you and your partner know what you're doing already, and what flatters you best? If so, awesome, you might be eligible for America's Next Top Model. If not... do the engagement session.
Honestly, we feel that engagement sessions are a huge benefit to creating more natural, gorgeous wedding photographs. We really believe in them. We hope you do too.