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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Out On Your Engagement Session

June 10, 2019

Here are 5 reasons to consider before you say no!

Undoubtedly, you are crazy busy planning the best day of your life and time is of the essence when you still have so many details to consider, from the color of the linens to the gifts for the out of town guests. And, as busy as you and your fiance are, an engagement session just doesn’t seem as important. Friend, I am here to say that you should not skip on your engagement photos, and I will give you 5 quick reasons why before you have to leave to call the florist!


1. First of all, getting comfortable in front of a camera takes time.

People tend to get a little camera shy when someone, better said, a professional photographer you have never met face to face puts their camera in front of you and your boo and says, “smile.” Immediately, you and your partner will wear that cheesy smile that we all have when we are nervous. Getting comfortable in front of the camera requires a little bit of patience and guidance. It’s your photographer’s job to get you there. So no worries there is no pressure on you! Your photographer will take time to build you up to the point that you and your fiance will feel comfortable and relaxed. It is then when some of the best candid photos come alive! In some instances, your photographer will guide you through some poses to help you enhance the photos.


2. An engagement session allows you to get to know your wedding photographer.

Even though a professional photographer has tons of experience to work on a fast pace wedding day, follow a timeline, change locations on a heartbeat and be a fly on the wall at all times; it really helps that you and your fiance have established a personal relationship with your photographer. That way by the time your wedding day comes around, your photographer will know what poses you feel more comfortable in. This trust can translate into more authentic and fun photos on your wedding.


3. It’s an opportunity to use your makeup and hair trial.

Although engagement sessions are more relaxed, it would be a great time to get a glimpse of how your hair and makeup will turn out in images. Most makeup artist will offer brides a free trial before the wedding.


4. As wedding planning begins, it marks a sweet season of your lives!

However, we all know that it gets overwhelming and at times super stressful. Time is fleeing before your eyes and before you know it your lives are about to change forever. An engagement session is a chance to go on a date and perhaps take a break from all that wedding planning talk. So, with that… get dolled up and get some professional photos done! Afterward, you can plan on going to your favorite restaurant to enjoy some yummy food and drinks.


5. You can use the images in so many ways!

First, you can add those photos to your wedding website so all your family and friends can see you and your boo (and that sparkly ring!). You can create a guest book for your wedding day with all your favorite images. Lastly, you can make “save the date ” cards that can be mailed to all your wedding guests.

  1. Great tips, Claudia! Engagement photo sessions can seem unnecessary but now we know they can pay off BIG! I can see now that they’re a great way to prepare for, and ease into, the process of getting ready for the big day. BTW, I LOVE the image of the puppy—so cute! Thank you!

    • Claudia Rios says:

      Yes, an engagement photo shoot can be so rewarding to a couple specially if they are shy in front of a camera. The puppy’s name is Troy and his human parents want it to include him in the photo session. I love it when couples include their fur babies in photos-they are family too! BTW thank you of your valuable comment.

    • Thanks for the tip. Hubby and I were were just focusing on the wedding that we completely forgot the engagement session. It would be nice to have this session so remember the moments before we say “ I do”. And enjoy this time we have before we are stuck forever! Thanks for the tips.

  2. Ana Garcia says:

    I totally agree Claudia! It will also help get the jitters out of being in front of the camera. You will feel more comfortable. Gorgeous photos!

  3. Jessica says:

    Beautiful engagement pics Claudia!

    Seeing these couples in a less formal setting shows the love on a personal and intimate level!

    Thx for the post!

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