When it comes to planning your very own wedding, the last thing on your mind is booking in an engagement portrait session. You find yourselves excitedly searching for hours upon hours on Pinterest, flipping through wedding magazines, calling and meeting with potential dreamy venues and photographers and planning out your very own perfect wedding.
Being engaged myself, you never realize how much planning actually goes into it until you start and there are many pain points and anxieties that brides and grooms experience right up to their day.
As a wedding photographer in Melbourne, one of the main things that I hear from all of my couples that book me is ‘we are so awkward in front of the camera’ or ‘we are worried we will look uncomfortable in our photos’. Now I can totally relate here, I am one of the most awkward people I know and my fiancé hates being in front of the camera haha so here I assume most of us are on the same page right!?
Generally speaking, your wedding photographer will be one of the first vendors you book and one of the most important in my opinion, to ensure you have a beautiful recollection of your day to pass on to your parents and grandparents and children too, so you want to make sure that you are booking someone that fits your vision and is on the same page for what you want.
So why exactly should we consider booking an engagement session you ask?
At this point you should have already, if not have an upcoming meeting with your photographer to meet and connect with them and discuss the plans for your big day. Booking an engagement session with them gives you another great opportunity to connect with your photographer and create a friendship, could you imagine if you hadn’t met them much before your day and they just rock up without your forming much of a relationship?
An engagement session is also an awesome way for you to see how your photographer works, how they interact with you and lead you into poses. Are they fun and outgoing and helping you to relax into your photoshoot, or do you still feel uncomfortable just as before you started?
Not only does it give you an opportunity to connect, but hey! It’s another reason to get some pretty epic photos too!
Take Rachel and Callum (pictured below) for example, before we started our engagement session they were so nervous, but we decided an engagement session was the right way to go before their big wedding to get them feeling more comfortable in front of the camera. As soon as we got the music flowing, we were stumbling through a field chatting about some of their favorite memories as a couple so far and this brought out all of the smiles and in an instant, they forgot I was even there. Once we had completed our session it was like we had been best friends for years and after delivering their images, they were left amazed by what I had been able to capture considering their concerns about being awkward in front of the camera, this only confirmed for them both that they had made the right choice in their wedding photographer.
Hopefully I have been helpful enough in showing you why an engagement session can be so beneficial. I’d love to hear what you think, feel free to give this blog some love, share and comment your thoughts below!