Are Engagement Sessions *Really* Worth it?
I often see newly engaged couples debating whether or not they should take an engagement session. To many, it seems like overkill but I’m here to tell you why they’re worth doing + how fun engagement sessions can be!
I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, where people often get engaged and married in the span of as little as 3 months. So to me, engagements are a very fleeting and precious time for a lot of people. There’s no other way to capture those fleeting moments of you two just simply being two people completely in love, nothing more nothing less, unless you take the time out to capture the beauty of the simplicity in this time in your life. Often, being together just the two of you can remind you that even though wedding planning is very chaotic...that you’re doing it for a reason. You’re marrying this person for a reason, because they’re the most clear thing in your life-they make the most sense and that’s beautiful it’s own simplistic way. Point being, you’ll want to remember these moments as they go by far too quickly. Life often goes far too quickly and I believe that photos are able to help us to cope with that sometimes. So it’s important that we take the time out to do them, always. Even if it doesn’t seem that important, it will be later-even if you don’t realize that now.
There’s never time in your life that will be like your engagement. Once you’re married things change, and that’s not a bad thing but it’s different. You can’t replicate your engagement ever again so don't put off pictures!
I know what a lot of you are thinking though, “Pictures are so stressful, and expensive. It still doesn’t seem worth it.” I hope I can convince you otherwise. As a photographer that worked in a studio that took sessions every 20 minutes from 8 AM to 8:30 PM, I’ve worked with a lot of people. I would always see the stress that flashes across everyone’s face as I would introduce myself, then take them back to the studio where we would start their session. I still see it in my own photography today, working with my own clients. As soon as I can get a laugh out of somebody, the feeling of the room can completely change. I want people to realize that almost all photographers understand how awkward it is to take photos. We do it all the time, we realize how awkward all of our prompts may sound, we realize how weird it is to be followed around by a person in a park, or anywhere else and have people stare at you. Out of all the people in the world who understand that feeling/situation the most, it is photographers. Honestly, that’s probably why we don’t care. Pictures are supposed to be fun, they’re supposed to accurately represent you and your love for the other person. We can’t spend our time stressing about how embarrassing or awkward pictures may be because then they turn out stiff and you do end up looking awkward. Having an open mind to pictures and being open to letting your photographer capture who you are as a couple is the most important part and it will be the thing that helps your pictures turn out the most authentic as well. Not to mention that this is such a good time to get to meet your photographer before your wedding day. Feeling comfortable with your photographer will make all the difference in how authentic your photos turn out. If you feel uncomfortable with your photographer or it feels abrupt in meeting them, it may throw you off and you may even feel rushed into the entire process. Now that's not to say that it can't work if you *don't* meet your photographer beforehand, however it might feel odd, especially if you don't immediately click with them.
So to answer your question, yes. Engagement sessions are worth it! Getting to meet your photographer and work with them at least once will make all the difference, and like I said before, there will never be a time like your engagement again-it will go by in the blink of an eye!
So prioritize this small window of time in your life. It will be something you'll cherish forever!