With the rise of social media, engagement sessions have been more and more popular. Most couples end up wanting an engagement session, but not everyone realizes how much it will prepare you for your wedding day.
An engagement session is a wonderful way to get an idea of what portraits will be like on your wedding day. My sessions are very different than what people expect being photographed to feel like — they end up being us hanging out, and laughing hysterically while images have to be taken.
Why should we do an engagement session?
Beyond save-the-dates or other displays at your wedding, an engagement session is to show what your life was like before you were married. You made a decision to be married as the people you are now, and I want your images to reflect that. This is documenting you as people, not an idealized version of what Pinterest says you should be. Engagement sessions are painless (I pinky promise!). I encourage dressing naturally, whether that is an evening gown and suit, or leggings and a t-shirt. I just want you to feel like you.
Much like wedding day portraits, the posing is extremely natural. It’s not going to be that “contort your body into this extremely weird position but pretend like it’s totally normal” senior photo that we all took. It is a lot of taking a moment with your partner, in pretty light. If you are quiet together, your images will be filled with quiet moments and sweetness. If you and your partner are goofy together, your engagement images will reflect that.
I want you to look at the images, and say “oh my god, this is us.”
Are children (both the human and furry kind) allowed?
Absolutely! Both pets and children are so much a part of your story, they are both welcome to sessions. I do advise bringing along a friend or family member to keep an eye on them once they are done being in photos.
Home Engagement Sessions
So there is this idea that to get great engagement photos, you have to get all dressed up and wander around a park. If that’s what you have in mind, let’s do it, and we will make beautiful images. However, it’s not the ONLY way to take your engagement photos.
Our home isn’t “pinterest-worthy”, will the photos still look good?
First of all, homes are rarely pinterest worthy in daily life, so you can let that anxiety go right now. It does not matter if your home looks straight out of a magazine, or if you live in a tiny apartment, it’s your home. It’s the place you have built your lives together. Someday, that little apartment is going to be stories of a ceiling that always leaked or weird flooring. Document it, so you can look back and smile at all of that weirdness.