Last year when I got the renewal notice for my website, I realized that an important milestone in my business was about to hit. Ten years- ten whole years that I’ve been behind the camera. I didn’t start out shooting weddings, but these days, it’s just about the only thing I capture besides the occasional portrait session. The anniversary prompted an idea- an offering to show my thanks. Every wedding that I booked starting in November through the end of this year, will receive a free engagement session. I so love capturing them that I thought that it was the least I could do to show my appreciation. It’s often hard for so many of my couples to schedule an engagement session with me since more often than not, they’re living across the country (and even the world) and won’t have the opportunity to meet in person until the big day. This is why I’m forever grateful for Skype and Facetime. It makes things so much nicer to have a way to connect before the big day so that I’m not just a stranger behind the camera capturing what is such an important day in a couple’s lives together. While I try to give a sense of who I am with my wedding magazine, it’s always nice to talk and hear each couple’s personal story since they’ve already read about mine.
So you may be asking what my Tuesday tip is by this point. It’s simply that if you have an opportunity to schedule an engagement session with your photographer, I highly recommend that you do it. I think that one of the most important reasons to have one, is to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible in front of the camera before your wedding day. If we’re all being completely honest, other than selfies with your phone, not everyone loves being in front of the camera. We can often be super critical of the final product- wishing that we had stood another way, had our hand in a different position or wishing some other aspect of the photo were different. Having the opportunity to be in front of the camera with your photographer can often make many of those jitters go away so that you can truly take in each and every moment on your wedding day.
One of the great things about capturing photos before the wedding day, is having the opportunity to capture the two of you doing everyday things in places that you love. Maybe a local spot that you often go to to relax. Engagement sessions are about capturing your everyday love and what you mean to each other in that very moment in time. Maybe we can head to a local coffee shop where you love taking a break, maybe your favorite hiking trail or maybe even bring along your favorite four-legged friend.
Engagement sessions are also a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better. When a photographer gets to know your story and thus gets to know you on a more personal level, you build a much deeper level of trust with each other. In return, you’ll know that any recommendations I may give on your wedding day on things like location, etc are given with only the best result in mind. I want the best for you, and knowing that you trust me allows me to give you my best because at the end of the day, we both want the same thing- beautiful and effortless photos!