Met Maddie and Joel. We first met over coffee and Mildred’s on a cold and rainy day several months ago. When they spoke of their wedding plans, they excitedly talked about ideas for their big day. When I asked about an engagement session, neither one seemed to think it was that important, “We don’t need Save the Dates.”
While Save the Dates can be an important step in your wedding planning, they aren’t the only reason for an engagement session before your wedding day. The thing about this that no one really thinks about is, we do not do this everyday. Weddings are weird, with odd traditions and a day that can be so packed with stress, some wonder why they didn’t elope when they had the chance. To have a stranger there capturing these moments on your day can be awkward. Now, you picked your photographer carefully, of course. You wanted to make sure someone professionally and talented will be with you. What we fail to realize is, we don’t have someone following us around every day taking pictures of our hair and makeup process or getting dressed.
When you have an engagement session you aren’t only getting beautiful images out of the deal. Both the couple and the photographer are getting more acquainted. We learn your strengths, your likes and dislikes, your best side and things that you naturally do as a couple. A photographer is hanging out with you for an afternoon and you get the perks of having photographs at the end of the day. We are building our relationship with you and gaining your trust.
Maddie and Joel insisted that they were a laid back couple that didn’t care about lots of images. I asked them to trust me on the process but I gave them the option to turn it down as well. Complementary means just that. Take it or leave it. After the session they were glad they opted for it. Maddie said it got them even more excited for their wedding day and got to know me a little better. I want to tell your story by taking your portraits. There are so many moments leading up to the wedding day that make your day special. Having photographs along the process can take you back to those days that seemed to just fly by. Many couples have told me, “I wish we had professional photographs from before we had our children/got older that weren’t just from our wedding day.”
Take that leap of faith and let your photographer get to know you just a little bit better. Your wedding photographs will show your true selves just a little bit better.