Amidst the hectic planning of your big day, who has the time for a whole photoshoot? Many couples forego engagement shoots for time-related reasons or to cut costs. However, engagement sessions are more necessary than you may realise!
HERE ARE 6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP THAT ENGAGEMENT SHOOT:
GET USED TO THE CAMERA
Unless you’re a professional model, it’s easy to become nervous in front of the camera. Most of us are not used to being photographed. Chances are, along with all the other butterflies, stress and nerves you’re feeling on the big day, that the camera will likely add to your nerves. You may be worried about how to stand, where to put your hands, and how to pose. Engagement sessions are fantastic ice-breakers for you with the camera. You’ll get used to being photographed, and get a preview of how you look in the photos before the wedding.
YOU’LL GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Another important reason why you shouldn’t forego that engagement shoot is that you’ll get to know and meet (if you haven’t already) your wedding photographer. You’re going to be with this person all day on the day of your wedding, so you want to feel comfortable around them. You’ll talk, exchange stories, and some laughs— you’ll connect. Your photographer will also be able to understand your personalities and how you interact with each other. This helps photographers guide you and your partner and helps them know how to capture you both better beautifully. These small details make a HUGE difference.
Not only are engagement sessions great ice-breakers for you with your photographer and the camera, but they’re also a great way to have some pre-wedding material. You can use your engagement shoot pictures for save-the-date cards, printed frames for grandparents and parents or wedding invitations— the options are unlimited. This is why you should book your engagement session months before your wedding, like six months or more! So that you have those pictures ready to use.
RECONNECT AND CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE
The engagement period is an exciting time. You and your partner are both excitedly awaiting the new adventures you both will take on. However, while you and your partner are busy planning your wedding and life, it becomes easy not to enjoy this time period and perhaps not even find time for each other. Engagement sessions are an incredible way to take the time out for each other and reconnect.
COMBINE IT WITH A HAIR AND MAKEUP TRIAL
If you’ve hired an HMUA (Hair & Makeup artist), you’ll most likely have a trial run with them for your hair and makeup. So, here’s a great idea, why not combine the day of your engagement shoot and your HMUA trial? This way, you can take advantage of your hair and makeup applied by a professional for some gorgeous pictures and get an idea of how it will look in the photos. Many makeup artists will suggest this so that you look just right on the day of your engagement shoot as well.
INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
If you’re on the fence about the engagement session because you think that skipping it will save you some money, well, don’t worry! At Herts Wedding Photography, if you book us for your wedding day, we’ll discount the fee already paid!
Caught your interest? Contact me, and let’s have a chat.