As a wedding photographer, one of the questions that I often get asked by couples is whether they should have an engagement shoot. My answer is always a resounding yes! An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and to get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day.
Here are some reasons why you should consider having an engagement shoot:
Get to know your photographer
For me, this is key. An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and to see how they work. It's a chance to get comfortable with them and to build a rapport. This will help you feel more relaxed and at ease on your wedding day, knowing that you're in good hands.
From the photographer's perspective, it gives them the same opportunity - a chance to get to know you, find out what makes you tick, how to make you laugh, how to distract you & pose you, and of course see out what works for you & your partner.
Practice in front of the camera
Many couples feel nervous about being in front of the camera, and an engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to practice without extra onlookers. You'll learn how to pose and how to interact with each other in front of the camera. This will help you feel more confident on your wedding day and will ensure that your photos look natural and relaxed. You'll be in a more private, relaxed setting, no wedding day nerves, and no pressure to get the pictures done and get back to your guests!
Create save the date cards or wedding website
Your engagement photos can also be used to create save the date cards or to feature on your wedding website. They're a great way to introduce your guests to you as a couple and to add a personal touch to your wedding preparations.
Use it as a trial run for hair and makeup
Many couples use their engagement shoot as a trial run for hair and makeup. This will help you see how your hair and makeup will look in photos and will allow you to make any adjustments before your wedding day.
Create beautiful memories
An engagement shoot is a special moment that you'll remember for years to come. It's a chance to create beautiful memories and to capture the excitement and love that you have for each other in the lead-up to your wedding day.
In conclusion, an engagement shoot is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your photographer, practice in front of the camera, create save the date cards or a wedding website, use it as a trial run for hair and makeup, and create beautiful memories. It's a great investment in your wedding photography and will ensure that you feel confident and relaxed on your big day. So, if you're wondering whether you should have an engagement shoot, my answer is simple - yes!