When presented with a complimentary engagement session by your wedding photographer, book it! As a Maryland wedding photographer and engagement photographer, I’ve seen it go both ways. Weddings where I did NOT shoot an engagement session beforehand, and wedding where I did. There is no comparison. See below for my top 5 reasons to book an engagement session:
1. You Only Experience this Time of Your Life Once
Engagement is an incredibly unique time of your life. It’s that magical time in between being single and married. The excitement brewing, anticipation stirring, and all the dreams ahead… nothing else is like this period. Document it… you will be SO GLAD that you did.
2. Get the Most Out of Your Investment!
You’re spending thousands of dollars on your wedding day, and the engagement session is INCLUDED in your wedding package with me (and also most wedding photographers in Baltimore). Use this time to get the most out of that investment! The experience assures that you gain confidence in ME, comfort in knowing how I shoot and what that feels like, and also are getting your absolute total money’s worth.
3. LEARN HOW TO SHOOT WITH ME BEFORE THE BIG DAY
What’s it like to be in front of my lens? Don’t wait until the wedding to find out. It’s a scary idea for anyone to do that with ANY photographer! Instead, let’s accomplish that in a stress-free environment, where it’s just the three of us, we can take our time, while you gain confidence in your ability to be photographed. Many couples worry about being awkward in-front of camera… so THIS SHOOT IS OUR TIME TO CONQUOR THAT.
4.GAIN REASSURANCE THAT YOU WON’T BE AWKWARD
INFRONT OF THE CAMERA
When we shoot engagement photos, I’m showing you ways to interact with each other that produce “NON-AWKWARD” results! What we do here, is exactly what we will do at the wedding. This one-hour engagement session is kind of a dress rehearsal – for your benefit most of all. You’ll know exactly how I prompt you and get actual practice with it. This helps us all tremendously on the wedding day.
5. YOU WILL USE THESE IMAGES!
Whether it’s for save the dates, wedding day decor, a photo guest book, or your wedding website, THESE IMAGES COME IN SUPER HANDY. Even if you don’t think you’ll use them, wait for it… after I deliver them to you in your gallery, I bet you change your mind! So many couples came to me later and said how thankful they were to have these images!
Summary: When an engagement session is served up to you complimentary, take it and devour it. I promise that after the fact, you and your fiancé will be SO thankful you did and love the images, the process, as well as feel so much more confident and secure regarding the wedding day.