And just like with a first date, the engagement session is about more than just aesthetics. An engagement session will help both you and your fiance’ understand the personality and style of your photographer (ie, Me.) You can see first hand the planning that goes into a shoot, get your questions answered, and then create beautiful portraits that enhance your wedding experience as a whole. Skipping the engagement session could be compared to an arranged marriage!
Last week on my blog I talked about how my best wedding clients always do an engagement session first. In the grand scheme of your wedding planning, it’s a small thing, but often the smallest factors create the biggest difference in your wedding’s overall result. For example, this week I photographed Angela and Dave’s engagement session at Pike Place Market. Earlier in the week I photographed Christine and Ryan’s engagement session on Spencer Island in Everett, WA. These two couples could not be more opposite. Christine and Ryan are planning an outdoor, nature themed wedding in the San Juan Islands. Angela and Dave will be married at the Meridian Valley Country club. One couple loves rustic elements and the other prefers bold colors and urban style. During our engagement sessions I was able to talk to both couples about their history, wedding plans, and how I can help make their wedding a success. But beyond that, I was able to pick up on clues about them you can’t get from any old conversation. I quickly learned that Dave’s soft spoken nature is a perfect complement to Angela’s vibrant personality. I watched as he held her tenderly, and didn’t even mind when her red lipstick came off on his face. Watching them together taught me what I needed to look for on their wedding day. It helped me understand their love on a personal level. Christine and Ryan’s session was similar. I enjoyed laughing and joking with Ryan and Christine. Their love is effortless and pure and it was wonderful to work with them. Planning their session had been stressful due to weather, but as we began to photograph I saw Christine’s stress melt away as she looked in to Ryan’s eyes. It was easy to see that they complement each other and have a lot of fun together.