Lets face it, you’re future husband’s not that interested. You haven’t had a professional picture of yourself since high school senior portraits. What’s the point? Why is your engagement session is important?
Actually, for all the above reasons!
1. You need non-wedding photos of the two of you. It’s been too long since senior pictures. Get something nice for your momma’s mantle. Maybe you might even need the image for a professional head shot for work or community involvement? I’m always happy to work these into a session.
2. You lean how to get comfortable in front of the camera. This is huge! Not only is being in front of the camera awkward at first, it’s also nerve wracking and a little strange. How do I stand? what do I do with my hands? How do I just look natural and not smile? All of these kinks can be ironed out before hand when you have time. There’s nothing like being rushed on your wedding day and not feeling comfortable in your pictures.
3. You connect with your photographer. (And your photographer connects with you!) Having someone you’ve met maybe once before taking your pictures is going to be uncomfortable at first. Who is this person? Do we have anything in common? She wants me to do what?
4. It’s a time to slow down. Couples usually book engagement sessions 4-6 months before their wedding. This is usually the time when things can get a little chaotic with planning. I like to give my couples a minute to simply reconnect with each other before we start. I tell them to take their time. I may snap candid shots with my zoom lens from far away. I give them a minute to just be with each other. Whether they talk, laugh, kiss or just sit quietly it doesn’t matter I let them relax. After I feel like they are comfortable, then I start giving a little instruction and moving them into poses.
Here are few examples…