A lot of our soon- to- be- brides ask us whether it is essential to have an engagement photo-shoot before the wedding. With all the wedding planning in motion, which we know how overwhelming it can be, couples tend to overlook the importance of having their engagement photos taken by their wedding photographer. Are you wondering if it is worth it, too? Here are five reasons why you should not miss out on having your own engagement photo-shoot.
1. You’ll get to know your photographer
One of the major reasons why taking engagement photos is totally worth it, is because you will get to meet your wedding photographer and build a trustworthy rapport with them. On the wedding day, your photographer will be with you for so many hours, so having someone you feel comfortable around is a huge advantage. They’ll take note of how you interact with each other and your individual personalities. These details will help them capture moments on the wedding day that are unique to just the two of you.
2. Practice makes perfect
A lot of couples get anxious in front of a camera and start wondering if their photos will turn out bad or if it is it going to take long. Well, having a professional engagement session before the wedding gives a taste of what to expect on the big day and will help you feel more relaxed on the day. You will have the chance to work on your posing, get more comfortable with the idea of having someone taking pictures of you all the time and focus on just the two of you. Your photographer will give you great tips on posing, will understand your good sides and help you feel at ease while taking pictures of you.
3. Creating collateral to use pre-wedding
You will have professional photographs of you that can be incorporated into anything wedding related. From your wedding website, to your save the date or even your wedding guest book. You can give your parents or grandparents a few copies which they will absolutely love and even have some portraits to hang at your home. Whatever you decide to use them for, the possibilities are endless!
4. You will see finished professional photographs of yourselfers before the wedding
It is very hard for couples to imagine how their own wedding pictures will look like no matter how many galleries and portfolios of their photographer they have gone through. Having your finished professional photos is perhaps the most important reason why you should have your engagement photos taken by your wedding photographer. It will give you the opportunity to see what is to be expected for your wedding day and understand how your wedding photos will actually look like.
5. Combine it with your hair and make-up trial
What better way to put to test your wedding look than having actual professional photos taken on the same day? This will give you the chance to see if you are happy with the look you have decided to go for or if there are any changes you wish to make.
Whatever you choose to do, get creative and have some fun. In the end, you’re the ones who will benefit. Working with your wedding photographer before the big day will help you connect with them, learn how to work your way around a camera and what to expect when the prints come in. Knowing and liking your wedding photographer is significant in the success of your day and will help you focus on the real reason you’re having a wedding in the first place—each other.