It’s that time of season when the wedding inquiries are heating up and I’m running all over the place meeting up with couples to see how I might fit into their plans. As all of my wedding packages come with an engagement session, I often find myself needing to explain what they’re all about and how they benefit all parties involved.
The primary reason I’m a huge proponent of having an engagement session is because it will serve as a relaxed and fun get-to-know-you opportunity for us to build rapport and let you find out what collaborating feels like long ahead of your wedding day. The more we know about each other and what working together feels like, the better versed we’ll be on the day that matters the most.
And of course the obvious upside of having an engagement session is that you’ll have a bunch of great images at your disposal to use for your wedding website, Facebook, save the dates, announcements, a guest sign-in book or any possible collection of prints and wall art that you might envisage.
Speaking of a guest sign-in album, I couldn’t recommend one more. My wife and I had a traditional sign-in book at our wedding that a) we never looked at again and b) got chucked a long time ago. The brides I’ve worked with that have elected to get one of these LOVE THEM as they are loaded with beautiful images from their engagement session AND filled with signatures from their wedding day guests that live on in style either on their coffee tables or bookshelves. Seriously, where are you going to keep that sign in book after the wedding? And are you going to have that 11×14 print with the 3″ signed matte hanging on your wall forever? Get a book. Here’s an example of an Engagement Sign-In Album to check out.
So now that you’re engaged, have chosen me to be on your wedding dream team and see the value in what an engagement session is about, what next?
What to wear
You may or may not have seen my Photography What to Wear Guide, but the short of it is to wear items that make you feel your best and that you’re comfortable in. A variety of looks that ramp up from dinner out with friends to a big night out on the town help add texture and layers of interest to your session.
I work with you to put three dates on the calendar that will work for both of us. In the Pacific Northwest the weather is temperamental at best and having three sessions on the calendar ensures us almost 100% success of having one of our selected days provide us with excellent light and weather. The sessions can easily reach two hours and are designed to be fun, no stress and not rushed. Pick times that enable you to dedicate the due diligence with a general rule of thumb that 1.5 hours after dawn and before dusk provide the most flattering light.
I’d recommend choosing at least one location that has some relevance to you guys as a couple: The park you guys spend the most time at, your favorite cafe, where you had your first date, etc. Once that is established, we can easily choose a few nearby locations that will help round out your session to give it variety, depth and be unique to you.
Vintage Typewriters and Swirled Lollipops
I don’t bring them. Or vintage bicycles. Or stacks of old books. If you have a theme in mind, let’s drill down and figure out how to execute your vision, otherwise I’m more than happy to simply focus on what is simply great about the two of you.
To see a bunch of my previous engagement sessions for inspiration or ideas about clothing and location, have a gander at any of these: Pacific Northwest Engagement Photography on Film, Pike Place Market Engagement Photography, Queen Anne Engagement Photography, Olympic Sculpture Park & Pike Place Market Engagement Photography, Seattle Engagement Photography, Santiago Engagement Photography, Valparaiso Engagement Photography, Port Gamble Engagement Photography, Gasworks Park Engagement Photography, Redmond Engagement Photography, Pioneer Square Engagement Photography and Bellevue Botanical Gardens Engagement Photography.