I GET ASKED THIS A LOT...
"What if we've already taken engagement photos?"
"Aren't engagement photos pointless after the wedding?"
"Why should we schedule a non-wedding-day session?"
AND IT MAKES SENSE!
Maybe you're even asking this yourself. Why should you feel the need to schedule an entirely separate photo session before the wedding if all you're really interested in is wedding day coverage (even if the engagement session is included in the wedding package)? And why take the time to go out and take more photos with me if you've already taken engagement photos with another photographer?
But here's the thing...
ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS AREN'T ABOUT TAKING PHOTOS.
It all comes back to my ultimate goal. If taking pictures on your wedding day was my primary focus then there wouldn't really be any point to scheduling a separate session unrelated to the wedding. But that's the thing –
MY GOAL AT YOUR WEDDING ISN'T TO TAKE PHOTOS.
MY GOAL IS TO CAPTURE MEMORIES.
And that's the difference. At the end of the day I want to capture on camera the transparent love, raw emotion, ecstatic joy, and unashamed celebration of your wedding story and not simply to "take photos" of a generic event – and, as such, my entire process is built upon the foundation of relationships.
I firmly believe that people are most themselves when they're with those they know and trust so I make it my purpose to develop a true friendship with you and your fiancé well before your wedding. Then, when I show up on your special day I can show up as a friend – someone with whom you can feel comfortable being yourself.
AND THAT'S WHY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS MATTER.
Because every moment we spend together helps us get to know each other better. Because we can have awesome conversations about our favorite activities, the shows we enjoy watching, the places we dream of traveling, the adventures we wish to have. Because every photo we take together helps me get to know you better and allows you the chance to feel comfortable with how I work.
Because when we're truly friends you'll be relaxed and carefree with me on your wedding day, allowing your photos to truly capture the full expression of your love.
Ultimately here's the point.
Why schedule an engagement session?