You have a shiny new ring that you can't stop looking at, you're using the word 'fiancé', and you haven't stopped pinning wedding ideas for the last 72 hours. Congratulations are in order because you are ENGAGED! The only way that I can describe this amazing moment in your life is as a 'beautifully hectic' time filled with excitement and LOTS of things to do!
As every newly engaged couple knows, even if you don't plan on getting married right away, there are still some things that you need to make decisions on early in the engagement. Things like: what season do we want to get married in? Should we have an indoor or an outdoor ceremony? or Should we bother taking engagement photos?
Stop right there! "Should we bother taking engagement photos?" is a BIG question that a lot of couples struggle with. With social media being such a huge part of every day life now, everyone is so used to having tons of photos taken of them on a daily basis. The thought of taking more photos and PAYING for them this time really causes people to stop and think "are they really necessary?" I will tell you why the answer is YES!
On your wedding day, your photographer is going to be with you for anywhere from eight to twelve hours and all eyes (and cameras) are going to be on you and your fiancé. Use your engagement photos to get used to all of this new attention before the big day! Think of engagement photos as a "test run" for your wedding day. E-sessions are usually about two hours long so that gives you plenty of time to work on your poses, smiles, and forms of communication that will translate well between you and your photographer. This way on the day of the wedding, everyone will be on the same page the entire time and you also won't be surprised when your cheeks start to hurt from smiling all day.
Taking iPhone photos for Instagram or snapping a video for Snapchat is so common now that you might be thinking that these are enough in terms of engagement pictures. However, being engaged is such a special time in your life that your photos deserve to be special too! When all of the initial excitement wears off, you don't want to look back at your photos and realize that you wish there was a better background or lighting, or that you were wearing a different outfit. When you hire a photographer to shoot your engagement photos, you're investing in quality photographs that have been captured by someone who is not only excited for you, but who is also spending more involved time to make sure they deliver the perfect photos to you and your fiancé. Your photographer will go and scout out the best location and then go and find a back up location just in case. They'll be consistently checking the weather and will know the exact time of the golden hour for those warm sunlit portraits. We go above and beyond just clicking a shutter to give you images that not only capture your pretty new ring and beautiful smiles, but the feelings of elation and love between you both.
Finally, the great thing about engagement photos is that not only are they an awesome gift to yourselves, they're multipurpose and can be used for a variety of things. Make a few enlargements, buy a beautiful frame to put them in and they will make a great gift for your parents and grandparents. They're also perfect for Save The Date and bridal shower Thank You cards. You can use them as professional headshots or to simply post them on social media to share with your friends. They make great #TBT posts for the weeks right before wedding!
As long as you remember to have fun during your session with each other, you will never regret saying yes to engagement photos!