Just get engaged?
It's so exciting, isn't it? There are so many things to discover and learn about your future spouse, and you have the incredible opportunity to work side by side in planning your Wedding day. What a great chance to collaborate and make something awesome!
In North American culture, many celebrate getting engaged by hiring a photographer for engagement portraits. This is a time when we go out to a local park or urban area and spend a bit of time getting some awesome photos. The whole point of this photo session is to show the world how in love you are and what your relationship is all about. This is a great time to really "let loose" and just be yourselves! Many couples like to include personalized elements in their engagement portraits that represent shared interests or hobbies.
Engagement portraits are commonly used for Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations, decorations at your wedding reception, centerpieces, and more.
While getting professional engagement photos isn't something you HAVE to do, there are a number of reasons why you should consider it:
First, it helps you experience what it's like to have someone take photos of you. Unless you're a professional model, chances are you've only had a professional photographer take photos of you a handful of times in your life, especially as an adult. It's natural that you might be uncomfortable in front of a camera, especially when the photographer is asking you to snuggle, flirt and kiss in public! In my experience, it's much easier to work out the kinks and get comfortable with your photographer BEFORE the wedding day.
Second, it's a great way to get to know your photographer before the wedding day. I prefer to do engagement shoots with all my clients because it means I will have a better relationship with them, which in turn means better photos! As clients see their images, they begin to trust me more, which ultimately means they will be more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.