You have decided on a photographer and now you are trying to decide on a photography package. One comes with an engagement session and one doesn't, now what? You have a friend that owns a nice camera and she's offered to do the pictures... let her do them for free or pay the extra for your photographer to do them? Schedule the engagement session with your wedding photographer, and here is why:
The engagement session is all about building a personal relationship and a connection. For most of us, it's not natural for us to be ourselves within the first few minutes or hours of meeting someone. Many times, we reserve a little bit of our fun, silly side and even the PDA side of the relationship for people we have a deeper connection with. Well, the engagement session is all about building a connection, getting to know each other and letting loose. It's about making you feel 100 percent comfortable with your photographer and in front of the camera! Once that connection is built, you'll be yourself on your wedding day and your photographer will be able to capture more genuine, candid moments.
2. Builds trust
An engagement session is as much about building trust as it is about building connection (trust is huge!). You hired your photographer because you love their work. You don't know how they achieved the look and feel, but you love it... and that's awesome. They have vision, know which poses to suggest and know how to best work with the available light and the location. Your photographer will suggest locations and poses that you will only understand after you see the photos – and instantly trust is built!
3. Memories... and of course, pictures
Let's be honest, time flies! The engagement season of life will be over before you know it. Take time and soak it in! I know you're busy planning the wedding but take time to really soak in this stage. Once you have these photos, use them for wedding related things like save the dates, guest gifts, table displays and guest books. These pictures will be treasured!
4. It's fun!
I know, I know! You just asked your fiancé if he wants to do photos and he's less than excited about it... but I promise you, the session is fun! Consider it a date night. Get dressed up, take romantic pictures together (or fun, silly pictures together) and then head out to dinner. You honestly won't regret it!