Engagement shoots are one my favourite types of sessions to photograph because it allows me to get to know my couple better, make them feel more comfortable in front of the camera and they are are a lot of fun. I always encouraged my clients to book an engagement session with me and here are some of the reasons why I feel it is a really important investment!
Reasons to do an engagement session with your wedding photographer:
You can see Leah & Brendan’s urban Edmonton engagement session here!
1. It’s a great way to connect with your photographer and to help them get to know you better.
An engagement session allows your photographer to get to know you as a couple which can in turn create more personal images and all around better photos on the wedding day. You’ll also get to know your photographer and get a sense of how they shoot! On the wedding day it will be like having a friend show up to take photos!
If it’s a winter shoot I’ll make you do snow angels!
We can even grab a coffee together during the shoot 🙂
2. Get comfortable in front of the camera!
If you’ve never been photograph by a professional photographer you may be unsure of what to expect. The engagement session helps to get those nerves out of the way before the big day. Most of my couples remark after the shoot that they thought they would feel really awkward and stiff but that in fact they felt comfortable, relaxed and had a great time with us. I love hearing that!
Nothing is more chill than hanging in a hammock. I climbed a tree for this shot!
Kirk & Ryan’s session was super modern and fun!
3. Celebrate your engagement.
It’s an exciting time and why not document that before you are married? You’ll also be able to use these images on your save-the-dates and invitations. Plus, getting photos done in more casual clothes means you’ll get a different, less formal set of photos to look back on! I try to make my sessions like a date night out but with a photographer. In fact, when couples ask me what to wear that’s exactly what I tell them: something they would wear on a date night together.
Mary and Jason’s downtown Edmonton engagement session was so romantic!
See more of this sunset shoot here!
4. More flexibility.
On the wedding date we may be limited by time and geography. Engagement sessions can be done at different locations that are special to the couple. I’ve done shoots at family farms in the country, in the mountains and other special spots that were sentimental to the couple. These are places we may not have been able to go to on the wedding day. Of course, there are also a ton of amazing spots for an Edmonton engagement session !
We personalized Stephanie & William’s shoot by incorporating his motorcycles!
We were treated to a gorgeous sunset at Ma-Me-o beach for Jasse & Amar’s shoot!
Another consideration is that on the wedding day we may be limited for time. During the engagement session we have more flexibility in terms of the amount of locations we can go to.
5. This is a great day do your makeup trial.
If you’re planning on doing a make-up trial you might consider booking it for the same day as your engagement session. That way you are able to see how your makeup will photograph on the wedding day.
Want to book your Edmonton engagement session with me? Touch base … I’d love to get to know you!