Why have engagement sessions or pre-wedding photoshoots become the newest trend when planning a wedding? As a local Melbourne wedding photographer this is my take on why engaged couples are loving this style of photoshoot so much.
I’ve also detailed seven reasons to have an engagement session with your wedding photographer, including what to wear, location choices and how to prepare for your time in front of the camera.
Undoubtedly Engagement sessions have grown increasingly popular in our social media sharing world. We document our lives more than ever and love to share with our friends and followers.
But social media is not the only reason couples choose engagement photoshoots. I’m a Melbourne engagement photographer and my couples usually choose to proceed with this style of shoot for varying reasons.
Reasons to book an engagement photographer
To have a documented keepsake of your time as an engaged couple
Being engaged is an exciting time that you will never get back. Celebrate the time with professional photos that will become a wonderful memory for you and generations to come.
Use for your wedding
When you take the time to think about how many ways you can utilise your engagement photos the idea of an engagement shoot might become even more appealing. Depending on when you organize the shoot you can use them for save the dates, wedding invitations, display one of the photos on a stand at your wedding, Create a slideshow, add them into a personalised guest book or feature them within the order of service booklet.
Build rapport with your wedding photographer
It’s nice to feel comfortable with your wedding photographer and the more time we spend together the more we’ll feel like old friends. I love to learn the dynamic of your relationship and you will feel more informed about my photography approach.
Get comfortable in front of the lens
Practice makes perfect so experiencing a photoshoot first hand will allow you to feel more relaxed. I’m known for my unobtrusive approach that allows you to have fun, laugh and enjoy yourselves.
The perfect excuse to create a fun-filled day
Brides often like to make the most of a hair and makeup trial on the day of their engagement shoot. Not only will you feel great you can go out for lunch or dinner after your engagement session.
Social media – Professional photos make for beautiful profile photos and will fill your social media feeds with gorgeous memories and moments you can share with the people you love most.
Styling your home
You probably don’t have any professional photos of the two of you. After an engagement session you can begin to style your home with beautiful images that represent who you are as a couple.
For those thinking- ‘won’t I just get nice photos of my partner and I on my wedding day?’ yes absolutely. The engagement session offers something different to your wedding photos,
Wedding photos showcase the story and celebration of a huge life event- your wedding day. Engagement sessions capture more facets of who you are individually and as a couple.
What you need to know about your Engagement photo shoot
We’ll arrange the session to be held in the early morning or afternoon to ensure there is optimal lighting perfect for unforgettable shots.
I’m all about candid photos so I’ll work my photographer magic allowing you to concentrate on one another and begin to feel like no-one else exists.
Not sure where you want to hold your session?
My best tip is to choose a location that means the world to you or you can create a new special location that will always hold a significant memory of this day. For ideas that might hold meaning you may want to choose a favourite park or beach, perhaps an open space or a historical building you love.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any location ideas. I have endless photo-worthy places up my sleeve.
What to wear
Your Engagement Session is designed to be a relaxed setting so wear outfits that make you feel like yourselves. I want your true character to shine through and wearing something you feel comfortable and confident in will help you achieve this.
If you feel unsure about what to wear, my recommendation is to choose neutral colours or pastels. I’m always happy to help with colour palettes and advice.
Engagement sessions are fun so if you’re someone who appreciates quality photography and wants to spend the day doing something a little different, an engagement shoot is perfect for you.
Engagements in Melbourne
I offer engagement sessions in Melbourne. You can book a stand-alone Engagement photo session or combine it with your wedding photography collection booking.