When I asked several photographers about the importance of engagement sessions, I got a lot of great responses.
Jennifer Yount of Jennifer Yount Photography said that "Choosing a wedding photographer is a very personal and important decision in the wedding planning. The couple will likely spend more time with the photographer than anyone else during the wedding" which she says lends itself to the relationship between the couple and the photographer because it "gives the photographer an easier time capturing, instigating and enhancing the love and excitement of the couple in order to create the award-winning, stunning images a bride dreams of having for generations after their wedding day." She also says it is a chance to avoid surprises by strategizing posing and portait locations.
Steven and Sherry Ann of Steven Wayne Photography think the session is very critical to get to know the couple, have them feel comfortable and "create connection". They went on to say "We love how it also gives us a feel for who they are and the style they are looking for, their vision, every bride has a vision. For Engagement Sessions, it's important for us to know how the couple 'love each other' and their comfort level, how they fit together, what level of guidance they need."
Ashley Durham of Ashley Durham Studios has just revamped her wedding packages to include a complimentary engagement session citing the importance of said session "to see how the couple interacts, how they naturally pose themselves, how they act around each other, and it gives us a chance to get to know each other." She so believes in their significance that she essentially won't book wedding clients anymore without doing one, with the exception of short elopements.
Christine Arnold of Christine Arnold Photography has become accustomed to not meeting her clients until the wedding day because the majority of her clients come from out of town. Therefore she "learned very early on how to VERY quickly develop a friendly rapport with them from the moment I first meet them. Usually while a bride is in the middle of getting her hair and makeup done! I pride myself on NOT needing to meet before the wedding and still delivering very personal images that reflect the client and their personalities."
I personally didn't have an engagement session but was very clear to my photographer about what I wanted and she asked a lot of great questions about my now husband and I, our relationship, and such.
Whether you decide to do them or not, there's no denying it's another great set of shots of you and your loved one, like this Engagement Session of Lou and Chris taken by Ashley Durham at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Chris and Lou are both flight attendants for the same airline who had passed each other a few times in various airports and decided to hang out one night. After spending the whole evening talking, they knew they were meant to be together. What a great location to stage their engagement session. Take a peek!
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