Did you just get engaged? Congratulations! You’re in such an exciting time of your life! Enjoy the thrill of it, maybe even throw a party to celebrate, and get ready to plan out your big day.
One aspect of planning your big day is going to be picking your wedding photographer. There are TONS of photographers to choose from. Throw a stone any direction, and you’ll hit a photographer.
1. You’ll Get to Know Your Photographer
Picking a photographer for your wedding day is an important choice. You only have the one day, you want to be sure your memories are captured in a way that defines how you want your wedding to be remembered. And there are a TON of photographers out there. Throw a stone in any direction and you’re sure to hit one or two.
That’s why your engagement photos are a perfect trial run. You definitely want them to be someone you are comfortable with, as they will be very close to you on your wedding day. You can decide if you like their mannerisms – do you want someone who poses you? Who leaves you to your own devices? Who gives you prompts? You have to decide what you feel most comfortable with.
You will be able to see what kind of photos you may get during your wedding. Photos are expensive. Don’t risk dropping a ton of money on photos you might end up hating – or worse, you’ll never be able to recreate because you only get one wedding day. Make sure you actually like the style of images you’re getting before you that happens. If you end up not liking your engagement photos, there’s still time to find a new photographer.
It’s also important just to get comfortable with being photographed. Some people, especially men, do get uncomfortable with being followed around and photographed. It’s not something they experience in their usual lives. Getting comfortable with the idea will help for the wedding images. Since you’ve both done it before, you know what to expect now, and you’ll be more relaxed in front of the camera, resulting in a better experience, and better photos!
2. You’ll Get Beautiful Images For Save-The-Dates, Wedding Website or Invitations
It’s relatively new in your engagement, and you are super excited. An engagement photoshoot is the perfect way to work through that excitement, but it does also serve a practical purpose. You are going to need photos to use for your upcoming wedding. You need something for the save the date, something for the wedding website, and something for invitations. Maybe you’re decorating your venue, and you need an image for the entrance. Or Mom just really wants some photos to show her friends. Or, just some images for social media!
As you move forward in your wedding planning, you might find a lot of places where it would have been helpful to have photos. After all, it’s a day celebrating you two and your love, you are the theme!
3. You’ll Capture a Memory
These photos are also just for you. There doesn’t have to be a reason other than you are together and in love. Getting engaged is such a special time, you should document it. Sometimes it seems like getting photos is such a hassle, but you will look back on the photos later and appreciate that you have them. Years from now, when your life feels completely different from right now, you’ll look back at these moments and smile at the young couple, beautifully in love, and excited for where their lives are going to take them.