With all of the chores you have to do soon after getting engaged, you might be wondering why you should have an engagement shoot. It’s one more thing to add to your never-ending to-do list, and for the camera shy, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’re in the weed of wedding planning it can be easy to miss, but an engagement shoot can be both useful and a special treat for you. Let’s go over a few reasons why you should take engagement photos:
- An opportunity to celebrate the two of you
Wedding planning can feel like a whirlwind of tasks, and an engagement session is the perfect opportunity to take some time off to reconnect with each other. Think of the session as a way to tell the story of the two of you, and it’s up to you to decide which story to tell! We can be ambitious and go to a beautiful place like Sue Jean and Kenny did in their engagement photograph in Malibu Beach. Alternatively, pick a meaningful location and do a favorite pastime together, like Mei and Ken did in their engagement photos in Palm Springs. Or you can stay home and we can snap some snaps to remind you how special your daily life was at that moment, like I did for Trey and Anna Maria in engagement lifestyle photography in Los Angeles.
- Get to know your photographer
You’ve probably never thought about it, but the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day is your photographer (yes, even more so than your future spouse because you’ll likely get done separately). This is why you want to be sure that your photographer is someone you have a relationship with and who is comfortable around them. I’m always honored and thrilled to be able to film an engagement session because it allows me to get to know the couple so much better which ultimately helps me tell the most authentic story about you. If you can’t relax while taking pictures, it is all the more difficult for even the best photographer to get those coveted shots. An engagement session also lets us experiment with your preferences for poses and angles to see what works best for you before the big day. Building meaningful connections with my clients is very important to me and I purposely limit the number of weddings I have each year to really invest in each couple. Therefore, I would appreciate any opportunity to build our relationship.
- Have professional photos to use for the wedding
People often underestimate how many photos of themselves they actually have to share with the world before the wedding takes place. There’s the wedding website, save-the-dates, invitations, guest book – all of which may require pictures of the two of you! While some exceptional iPhone shots are good options, it is nice to have some professional photos as well. An engagement session scheduled early enough in the wedding planning process can provide just that!
Instead of using generic landscape photography to decorate your home, you can make it more personal by using photos from your engagement session. Having pictures of you and loved ones on the walls is certainly a mood lift, but some interior designers would advise against showing an ocean of faces. One way to find a balance is to choose photos that emphasize the landscape but include themselves as a smaller aspect of the scene. Check out my Malibu Beach Engagement Photograph and Joshua Tree Engagement Photograph to see more.
I haven’t met a couple who have regretted their decision to take engagement photos. If you (or your partner) have been wondering why engagement photos should be taken, I hope this post has helped clear your thinking. I would love to help tell your story through some beautiful portraits that will bring you joy in your wedding planning process and for years to come! Contact me to book your session today!