The engagement session serves many purposes, and one of those is the opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer. This is a big deal! I'm going to spend 6-8 hours with you on one of the most important days of your life! So it's important that you feel comfortable around me! And beyond that, doing an engagement session is like a trial run of the entire wedding photography process.
Customer Service - Did your photographer help you prepare for the session? How quickly does she return emails? How long did it take for you to receive your images?
Posing Style - How did you feel during the session? Did your photographer put you at ease and walk you through posing? Did she make you laugh? Did she give you plenty of posing direction? Was she open to your ideas?
Shooting & Editing Style - How do you feel about your engagement session images? Was there a variety of close up and wide angle shots? Was there variety in the backdrop or location? Do you like the way the photos were edited?
Every photographer is different. We all run our businesses differently. We all pose differently. We all shoot and edit differently. And that's not a bad thing! But those can be difficult things to evaluate when a couple is trying to choose a wedding photographer!
Doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer helps you know what to expect throughout the rest of the wedding process. It's the perfect low-pressure way to have complete confidence in your choice of wedding photographer. And that's the most important thing to me! I want my couples to have confidence in my work and know that I will take care of them.
A recent Facebook post from one of my 2015 brides sums it up well: "During this planning process Mark and I have chosen vendors based on a few things: like-ability, personality, trust, and confidence....We chose people who took our idea and vision and told us what we needed and wanted and how to make it work for the wedding. We didn't have to do the work. They did it for us. They understood that this is our first time planning a wedding and we understood this was their 100th. So I would like to say thank you to all of our vendors - we truly trust you all, know you're the best, and can't wait for you all to make our day magical!
That's why I want to do an engagement session with all my couples. It's so important to build that trust!
Want to read more tips for your engagement session?
Choosing a Location
My Favorite Hampton Roads Locations
What To Wear
What Not to Wear
What Happens if it Rains
The Engagement Guest Book
Engagement Session Posing
Getting to Know Your Photographer
How I Chose My Outfits
10 Final Tips