Booking Your Engagement Session & Photographer
Once the initial shock of the proposal has subsided, its time to consider the details of your wedding. After calling your friends and family to tell them the good news you should first start researching locations to host your wedding. Once the venue & date have been decided its time to find your photographer & set up your engagement session. An engagement session has numerous benefits beyond the pictures that are being captured.
This is the very first session you will have with your photographer, it serves as a trial run, to see if you can work in harmony together. It gives you a sense of how they work, their personality, and their style. This is imperative because if you don't get a long with them then you are going to be stressed on your wedding day. This way you will know well in advance if this is a good match or if you need to make a few changes before the big day.
The photos from your engagement session can be used in many fun and creative ways before and during the ceremony. They can be used for save the dates, guest books, programs, menus, and even decorations. You can even use them in a slide show presentation during the toasts or playing in the background during the reception. Make sure you know what is included in your contract for the engagement session. There are some studios that have digital files included in their collection... but most charge for them separately.
These are the photos that allow the world to see the love you feel as a couple. They should express your personalities and show the desire you have to be together. Be sure to have a photographer that can truly capture the natural nature you share as a couple. This lets your family and friends see how perfect a couple you are together just as you see yourselves.
Deciding on the Perfect Location for Your Engagement Session
Once you have decided capture your love with and engagement session, you need to decide on a location to have the pictures taken. While there is a time and place for portrait photography, the engagement session is not one of them. Your session should be fun and creative and a true reflection of you as a couple, not just beautiful pictures.
Tell a story: Regardless on whether your style is traditional, or romantic and photo- journalistic your engagement session should tell your story as a couple. Let the session tell the story of how you first met or where you fell in love. If you were at a ball game, take pictures in front of or in the stadium. If you met on-line, you could take them at a WiFi hot spot with your laptops or a nifty internet cafe. You will have fun recreating the moment, and your friends and family will be able to see the moment they have heard so much about.
Do what you love: If your favorite thing to do together is go for coffee, then incorporate your favorite coffee place into the session. If you love sailing, if you don't own one already, see if you can rent a yacht for the day! Whatever you love to do together be sure to incorporate those things into your engagement session, it also makes you much more relaxed, and enjoy the session or day together!
Let nature do the work for you: A beautiful backdrop may be all you need or want! There is nothing wrong with that, and you can have a wonderful time being out in a garden or park! If that is not your forte and you are thinking something a little more romantic and traditional... one of the most popular ideas is the beach, especially if you pick an evening time. Again these ideas allow you to be at ease and forget about what is happening and just be yourselves.
Your wedding photographer can help you brainstorm for your engagement session as well! Make sure to discuss all your options and requests such as multiple locations or outfits. if you want to be outdoors, make sure you have a rain date (unless you want pictures in the rain) or alternate location in place. Always spell out exactly what you want ahead of time so your photographer can include it in the contract and there are no miscommunications! There may be a few surprises on the day of your engagement session; but planning ahead, they should all be good ones.