5 Reasons to Have an Engagement Shoot
Are you wondering what the purpose of engagement shoots are? Are you tired of seeing photos of your colleagues and friends sitting back to back on a park bench, sharing a scarf and holding a chalkboard sign that says love? Are you feeling anxious about being photographed on your wedding day? Do you feel like engagement portraits are unnecessary? Well, I’m here to answer all your questions and worries, and to enlighten you that a good engagement shoot is very important.
Get To Know Your Photographer
Think of an engagement shoot like a first date with your photographer. It’s a great way to learn about each other on a personal level, and gives the photographer the chance to discover how to best photograph you. The more comfortable you are with your photographer, the more apt you are to be yourself in front of the camera. Not only that, but having that personal connection with your photographer ahead of time alleviates a lot of pressure on the wedding day. You no longer have to meet and work with a brand new person on a day where you want to enjoy yourself as much as possible!
Being Comfortable In Front Of The Camera
A lot of couples don’t spend a lot of time in front of a camera. Even as a photographer, being in front of a camera with my boyfriend can feel unnatural - we don’t do it very often! An engagement shoot can help get you more comfortable, as well as be a great chance to learn about yourselves - your good angles, your not so good angles (if those exist). Once you receive the photos, you’ll be able to tell the photographer what shots you liked, and what shots you didn’t as much (I mean, if there are any…) This helps them understand what kind of photos you value, and what poses you will be the most happy with for your wedding.
An engagement shoot can be a great way to test out your hair and makeup! You can see how it looks photographed, and how you may or may not want it to be changed.
It’s All About Your Experience
An engagement shoot is made to be tailored specifically to the two of you and your story. The photos can be taken somewhere you like to spend time together, or at a place of significance for the two of you - like a restaurant where you had your first date, or a park where he proposed. An engagement shoot can also be an unexpected bonding activity. You are a team, working together to make poses work. It’s really important to capture the time that you’re engaged, because it goes by so quickly. It’s nice to have photos of the two of you in everyday clothing - it gives you images you can use in so many different ways! Wedding attire ties everything to one event, whereas engagement photos are more versatile. So have fun with it! Make it a reflection of who you are as a couple. Celebrate yourselves!
What You Can Do With The Photos
There are a lot of things you can do with the photos! Here are a few ideas:
Announcing your engagement
Save the date cards
Custom art pieces for your home
Decoration for your wedding reception
Create a guest book
Small keepsake Album
Gifts for the family - who’s mother doesn’t want photos of their children so they can show them off to all their friends and perhaps replace that horrible graduation photo?
Thank you cards
A wedding website
Tape dozens of photos of yourself around a loved one’s home as a fun prank
And much more!
Even 10, 20, 30 years later, it’s still nice to see photos of you and your loved one at this stage in your lives.
So there you have it! Did I convince you? We all love engagement sessions here at 5ive15ifteen, they give us a chance to be creative in a different way than weddings do. We hope you’ll consider one!