Importance of Engagement Photos

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  • As a wedding coordinator, I’ve noticed that couples consider engagement photos as only something for fun, for save the dates or for a newspaper announcement. To me, they are so much more. They are a chance for your photographer to get to know you, how you photograph, and how you interact with one another. That’s why I asked Josh Solar of Solar Photographers to share his thoughts on engagement photos and how they enhance wedding photos. I love their philosophy of “getting to know you.”
    People have to laugh with you before they’ll cry with you. It’s true. And, on a wedding day, as a bride you know you will be going through a whole range of emotions. You’re going to be so over the top happy. You’ll feel joy. You’ll feel nervousness. You’ll be belly laughing so hard with your family and friends you just might snort! You’re also going to want pictures of that crazy range of emotions, which means you’re going to want to be comfortable with your photographer…
    And that brings me to engagement sessions. To me, they are one of the most important things I can do for a couple leading up to their wedding day. My job as a photographer is to tell a story. An honest story. There’s so much more to your love story than what happens on your wedding day. Hanging out with you before your wedding day, getting to know you on a deeper level, laughing with you, catching all the little glimpses you send to each other, the way you two hold hands. All of it is unique and makes up your love language. Being able to capture all of THAT for you, forever, is important. You’ll always treasure the love you shared before real life kicks in and you have kiddos, responsibilities and get old (not that getting old is bad, but love changes as you get older)…
    Engagement sessions are a celebration of what’s amazing in your life, a space for you two to connect and let your inner beauty shine. All of that happens before your wedding day so that ON your wedding day, the nervousness of having a camera in your face just isn’t present. You’ll be able to focus on what really matters…being present with your family and closest friends on (up to this point) the biggest day of your life…
    Meet Ashley and Paul. Aren’t they two of the cutest little lovebirds you ever did see? They love love LOVE to be outdoors exploring the world, so we chose an area full of wildflowers for their engagement session. Location is important. If you are a city couple, you don’t want your pictures taken at a park, and vice versa, if you’re an outdoors-y couple, the last thing you want is a brick wall of graffiti behind you. Your location should reflect your style, mean something to you, and be just as natural as the love you two share. You’ll see that Ashley and Paul like to laugh and they love to snuggle. And Ashley is a creative, so she even made her own heart prop! All of the pictures you see of Ashley and Paul are natural, and fit nicely as an honest representation of their relationship…fun, playful, adventurous.
    Next you’ll see Ashley and Paul on their wedding day. Right away, they were relaxed, and let us in so we could do our job. I was so close to Paul I could literally touch his back in the image of Ashley crying during their first sight. Without an engagement session, we would still have to work through those comfortability barriers that exist naturally. You want to be able to cry with your husband and not worry about anything else except BEING YOU, you want to ENJOY your big day, and that only happens when you’re 100% comfortable with your photographer. And that starts with the engagement session…
    Did you have an engagement session?
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