I met HeatherÂ earlier this yearÂ as she was planning her wedding. Â We met at a local Starbucks to chat about what she was looking for in a photographer, and we immediately hit it off! Â She is such a sweet, kind, gentle person. Â She was cool and collected and so easy-going about the whole wedding planning process. Â I wish I could say the same for myself when I was in her shoesÂ – I feel like I was so worried about things falling into place!
So here’s my topic for today: Why Engagement Sessions are Important!
HeatherÂ and herÂ fiancÃ©e Max booked me as their wedding photographer, and at the time they didn’t think they wanted to have an engagement session. Â However, a few weeks before their wedding, they thought about it some more and decided theyÂ did want to have a session before the wedding after all!Â I had availability and itÂ was perfect! Â Up until then, I had not met Max, and weddings always tend to go smoother when we’ve had a “practice run” / “meet & greet” with my camera in advance, during the engagement session. Â This gives couples a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, and with enough time planned before the wedding, a great opportunity to see what you do/don’t like from yourÂ pictures (expressions, poses, hair/make-up, etc.) prior to the Big Day. Â While we didn’t have much time between the session and the wedding, it was a great opportunity for them to get comfortable with me and for me to see how they interact with each other. Â I learned their smiles, their laughs, when they were at ease and even when they were not as comfortable. Â I also was able to learn more about their love story and how strongly they care forÂ one another.
When you have a strict timeline for your weddingÂ and don’t have much time for pictures together (whether intentional or unexpected), having an engagement sessionÂ is critical! Â I knew that weÂ had a limited amount ofÂ time at the wedding for family, bridal party, and Bride & Groom pictures, however I was about to figure outÂ in advance what worked for them since we had an engagementÂ session in advance! Â This turned out to be a blessing, because I was able to do their pictures quickly – and not a moment too soon! Â It started raining on us as we were wrapping up their pictures after the ceremony!! Â What started as a beautiful, sunny day eventually turned into a soggy, rainy evening. Â We were very fortunate with circumstances and got everything we needed and more.
I feel so strongly about this, and that is why my wedding packages come with a complimentary engagement session! Â Rather than viewing this as just a regular portrait session, Â my main goal for this time together is to “get to know you” – this is for both myself and you as a sweet couple in love. Â Treat it as a practice run for your wedding and a fun get-away from the stresses of planning a wedding, and get some great pictures to use in your wedding decor as a bonus. Â Heather and Max ordered some beautiful prints with me to display at their wedding and they were a smash!
So without further ado, here are some highlights from Heather & Max’s engagement session! Â I had so much fun and laughed a lot with these lovebirds, and I could be more thankful for our paths to have crossed. Â Thank you for putting your trust in me to capture some of the most exciting moments of your new life together. Â Look out for an upcoming post with highlights from their wedding!
Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
J.C. Raulston Arboretum – Raleigh, NC
Engagement Session:Â Heather & Max