Taking engagement portraits with your wedding photographer has lots of pros. Seroiusly. If there is an engagement session offered with your wedding collection, you should always take it.
I wanted to share a few of the many reasons and benefits to having time with your wedding photographer before the actual wedding.
Getting Comfortable. Having time to get comfortable with your photographer, as a couple, is something that can't be emphasized enough. During the engagement session you can see how your photographer works, how they communicate, and become comfortable with a camera always around (cameras are magic, they can make people tense up really quick).
As a photographer, it's during the engagement session we can understand what makes the couple comfortable, how they interact, and can see how to best capture them = better images. >>>> This translates to bride & groom portraits on the wedding day. On your wedding day you don't have 30-45 minutes to walk to various locations to chat and let the nerves go, you have 20-30 minutes for the most important photographs of the day. If you haven't worked with your photographer before now as a couple, it can be challenging to relax and just enjoy the day and your time together.
Quality images for your home. Once a couple gets married, it is an average of at least three years (if not longer) before they have professional quality photographs made of themselves again. With engagement portraits you will be at various locations, different outfits, and the end result will be in a variety of images to choose from for your gallery wall/nightstand/entryway. Wedding portraits are the most important long term hands down, but when it comes to what you will print right now for your house, my clients have confessed they print more of their engagement portraits and 2-3 of their favorite wedding photographs for displaying in their home.
Sneak peek. You get a peek at how you guys photograph together and what works for you. This will also make you more confident on your wedding day when your photographer shows up wide-eyed, perky and pumped up for the day at hand (ok, maybe that's just me....)
I am such a believer in taking engagement photographs with your wedding photographer that I include the session with my wedding collections. A lot of photographers do this, and some don't. I have seen it benefit the bride & groom way too many times. There is a different feel to the images when everyone is comfortable and enjoying life.
And that is why you should always take engagements.