Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Benefits to Having an Engagement Session

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Today, we have a guest post from George Street Photo:

From creating your guest list to selecting your honeymoon destination, there’s no question that the wedding planning process can be overwhelming -- and that’s not even considering the effect it has on your bank account. When it comes to choosing between the “wants” and “needs” on your wish list, certain items, like an engagement session, may be the first to go.

But, before you dismiss the idea of an engagement session for good, think again. After all, it may be one of the most valuable investments on your planning checklist, ensuring you get the most out of your photos on your wedding day.

Image courtesy of George Street Photo
The benefits to having an engagement session are tenfold, but perhaps the most valuable is having the chance to work with your photographer before the wedding day. Through an e-session, you and your fiancé will have an insider’s glimpse into your photographer’s working style and personality. Think of it as a trial run for the main event: Does your photographer’s demeanor mesh well with the two of you? Will he or she be able to come up with creative ideas on the spot? The only way you’ll be able to alleviate your doubts is by working with your photographer ahead of time, and an e-session presents the perfect opportunity for that.
Image courtesy of George Street Photo
On that same note, engagement sessions are also a fantastic opportunity to give yourself a trial run -- giving you and your significant other the chance to get comfortable in front of the camera ahead of your wedding day. As much as we’d like to have the confidence of a supermodel in front of the camera, the truth is that it takes some time for most of us to warm up to the idea of having our picture taken for an extended time period. The only way to build your confidence and comfort level is through practice. And your best chance of doing that is through an engagement session!

Don’t forget about other vendors you might want to give a trial run that could be combined with an engagement session. Consider asking your make-up artist or hairstylist to offer their services for your engagement photos, as well as the wedding. That way, you’ll get a sense of their versatility in creating looks for different types of occasions, allowing you to evaluate their skills and gauge whether they’re qualified to create your wedding day look.  Plus, you’ll get to see how that look photographs before it’s the big day!
Image courtesy of George Street Photo
Finally, while you’re sure to treasure the precious moments captured on your wedding day, you’ll also want to have casual, every-day photos of the two of you before getting glammed up for the big day. An engagement session will provide the laid-back setting you need to feel carefree in front of the camera and get photos that authentically reflect who you really are as a couple.

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We completely agree that loving your photographer (and your planner) is of utmost importance, and what better way to get to know them and how they work than during your engagement portrait session!  
For more information on George Street Photo & Video and their engagement sessions or other photography and videography options, please check out their website

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