YAY! Congratulations! You just got engaged and are wondering what is the point of an engagement session and is it truly worth it? We’re here to tell you, heck yah it is…and the 5 reasons you should make an engagement session happen! Be sure to take lots of notes so you can answer your fiancé when he starts with all the “but whyyyys?”
1. Get to know your Photographer
We want you to get to know us! We will be a key part of your special day and having a relationship with us prior to your wedding day is a great way to kick your day off right. If you are comfortable with us, it will show in your images! Building a bond with your photographer allows you to shake the nerves on the wedding day and helps you to feel just like you’re just hanging out with friends! All of our wedding collections come with a complimentary engagement session and who doesn’t love or want to take advantage of something at no additional cost to you?!
2. Make good use of those photos
Your engagement photos will work for you in so many ways! Not only will you have amazing images of you and your love to adore and treasure, but you can also put your images to use by using them creatively during the wedding planning! Frame your images and hang them to decorate your new home together, frame them for your parents and family (think Christmas or birthday gifts!), use them on your Save-the-Dates or wedding invitations, display them at your bridal showers or wedding reception as decor, create a unique guest book or simply use them to personalize your own wedding website.
3. Your photographer will get to know you
Equally important to you getting to know us, we get to know you! Understanding your personalities and how you and your fiancé interact will help us capture your relationship more authentically. Are you and your fiancé silly and fun-loving? Serious? Romantic? Understanding how you communicate and show your love for each other is an essential part of capturing what makes your relationship unique. It also helps your photographer to learn what style of images resonate with you (and which ones don’t!) before the BIG day!
4. Build that confidence
Would you believe us if we told you every single time we start an engagement session no one truly ever knows what to do with their hands? Since this will most likely be your first photo shoot together and since you’re more than likely not professional models, learning some basic tips and tricks like “where to put those hands” can make all the difference! This is where an engagement session is most beneficial! We will help guide and prompt you both, making you feel comfortable and natural together. You’ll already know what to expect on the wedding day! Your wedding day will be full of emotions, including nerves. Having time in front of the camera before your wedding will allow you to gain confidence in having your picture taken. This is super important because it will allow the emotions that you want to capture to shine through! We want you to see the love that you share together instead of being anxious or nervous.
5. Time to reconnect
Quality time. Something you won’t get a lot of during the wedding planning. With what seems like wedding planning taking over every aspect of your life, then topped with a little bit of work, school, families and friends sprinkled in, this can make for a very stressful time for you two. We encourage you to treat the session like a date! Get all fancied up, come spend two hours hugging and loving all over each other and after, treat yo’selves to a fabulous dinner! This time spent together reflecting on your love for one another as well as letting the stress of wedding planning melt away, can create some very magical and meaningful photos. That alone is worth its weight in gold.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Shauna & Jessica are a photography duo based out of Middle Georgia with a heart for documenting love stories of all kinds through their fun & colorful style. They photograph local weddings, intimate weddings, destination weddings, boho bohemian weddings, southern barn weddings, industrial weddings, non-traditional weddings, classic weddings, engagement sessions, couple sessions, adventure sessions and elopements in Atlanta, Athens, Savannah, Macon and throughout Georgia and are always ready to hop on a plane for a new adventure!