Some brides and grooms know from the start that they are having an engagement session, but to others it may not be high on their list of things to do or they may teeter back and forth whether they really should have one or not. Let’s look at the pros and cons and that may help you decide whether an engagement session is something you two want to do. We’ll start with some of the common cons I’ve heard about having an engagement session…
- It cost more money.
- I don’t feel comfortable being in front of a camera.
- I don’t know what we should wear or where we could even do a session at.
- I don’t have a lot of time and I think a session would take up a whole day out of my weekend.
Ok, let’s consider some of the pros of having an engagement session…
- Often times, an engagement session is included in your wedding photography package or can be easily added to your package for not much more investment.
- It allows you to get to know your photographer more personally and get practice feeling more comfortable and confident in front of a camera before your actual wedding day where you every move is being photographed.
- Your photographer undoubtedly has a style guide of what to wear with examples to help guide you as well as recommended locations that would be perfect to have your session at. I allow my clients to even text me pictures of the outfit(s) they and their fiancé are considering wearing for extra guidance so they can come to their session feeling confident they look great! I also know of many locations that I could recommend based on you and your fiancé’s specific style and personalities.
- Engagement sessions usually take about 1-2 hours and the ideal time is a couple hours before sunset. This will be more of an ending to a day than taking up the whole day. You’ll be dressed and ready for a nice date to celebrate your engagement after your session too!
- Besides having beautiful portraits capturing you two as an engaged couple, you can also use the images you get from your engagement session for your Save the Date cards or in wedding details at your ceremony or reception.
What's the Consensus?
Well, it turns out that the pros end up squashing and out weighing the cons on whether or not to have an engagement session so the question goes from "Should you have an engagement session?" to "Will you have an engagement session?".
Ultimately, this is a decision you will need to make and really there is no right or wrong answer to the question, but I will leave you with this…
I have never heard any bride say they regretted having an engagement session, but I have heard brides say they regret not having one.
Rock Your Style!
Remember the style guide I mentioned under the pros? Here is the style guide I have created and provide to my clients for their Engagement Session (along with personal help for their specific outfit selections, of course!): Check out the Engagement Session Style Guide!