Dear Brides and Grooms,
I include engagement sessions in all of my wedding packages, and firmly believe that they are pertinent to the success of your wedding day photography. There are many people who do not like getting their picture taken, and this seems like a nightmare having to take more pictures than absolutely needed. Trust me when I say that engagement sessions are necessary for vetting your wedding photographer.
When a bride or groom calls or emails a photographer this is how it usually goes: I’m getting married on such and such date and was wondering what your packages/pricing is? What if they get engagement pictures taken by a friend with a camera and never meet with their official wedding photographer until their wedding day?
Engagement sessions are beneficial for the engaged couple to get a feel for their wedding photographer and their personality. It is so important for the couple and photographer to be comfortable with each other. If you don’t connect with your photographer and notice that your personalities are clashing, do you want to spend ten hours with this person on the most important day of your life? Mmm, I hope not.
Let’s get even more basic, engagement sessions help show a photographer’s punctuality, work ethic, and organization. What if you show up to the engagement session and your photographer is significantly late? Will they be showing up on your wedding day late also? Your fiance and you are at the session and the photographer finally shows up, his camera bag is disorganized and he looks a bit disheveled in his appearance. Is he organized enough to entrust the safekeeping of your wedding day images to? How about delivering them to you in a timely manner?
Lets say your engagement images are delivered to you, but the pictures look different than what is on their website. I hate to say it but sometimes photographers get lucky with clients who are the exception and not the rule. Maybe they styled their outfits really well or know how to pose flawlessly without any direction. Whatever the case is, sometimes this inconsistency may be an indication of what is to come with your wedding photographs. On the flip side of this scenario, if my clients aren’t happy with their engagement photos I do not want to capture images of their wedding day that they will be unhappy with.
There are so many factors that go into selecting wedding vendors such as budget, recommendations, availability, etc. that have to be considered. Essentially an engagement session is a glorified interview. If they aren’t a good fit for the job, should they be considered to photograph your wedding?
If you are interested in tips for preparing for your engagement session, check this blog post here.