M & D | Engagement Session

I can’t tell you the excitement and strange noises I get/make when I get an inquiry for a wedding. Really, it’s embarassing! There is just something about love that I can’t contain my excitement about. Margaret was the maid of honor for a previous wedding that I photographed and I instantly remembered her from her awesome red hair and smile. Not to mention how much of a big help she was with the previous wedding! I am so excited that Margaret found her love and is now planning her own wedding, even more excited that she remembered me and asked me to be their wedding photographer. Key the giddy squeals and little dance here. Right away we scheduled the engagement session and Margaret asked a very familar and common question. ” Is the engagement session really neccessary?” YES YES YES a thousand and one times YES! She instantly understood and agreed when I explained the the engagement session is SO neccessary. I’m so glad that we did this, not only did they get to know me a little more and we got amazing images but it allowed me to really understand and relate to them as a couple. I just love them… they are so fun and very unique (and not the weird kind of unique the amazing kind of unique).

Here is why my wedding collections ALL include an engagement session and it can’t be removed:
Your engagement session allows me as your photographer, you, and your fiance time to bond and get to know one another. We have so much fun and are able to capture amazing photos, and who doesn’t need more photos showing how in love they are? This also allows for your groom to be comfortable in front of the camera before the big day. Can you imagine someone showing up to the most important day of your life and spends more time with you during that day than your own bride/groom who is following you around and has a camera on you every second? A complete stranger? AWKWARD! The engagement session allows us to break that awkward and uneasy day of meeting, it takes the stress away from your big day since we are now friends and you feel like I am apart of your lives now, AND we are able to have already worked out poses that you love or want to change up prior to the wedding photos. It’s like a trial run. I have so many brides that do the engagement and bridal sessions and are so happy that they did when they found little touches they wanted to change or add to their look. The more amazing you feel the more confident you are the more in love and happy you are. I just love confident happy people in love. Doing an engagement session also allows you to feel out your photographer and your photographer to feel the couple out. It is so important to be able to connect with one another and be comfortable. Believe it or not your handsome fiance will love having the engagement session photos to show you off and confirm what everyone already knew… he’s a lucky fella.

As soon as Margaret & Darrell stepped out for the engagement session I instantly knew it was going to be so much fun and include lots of silly faces and laughs. After I went to the wrong house (and met the sweetest older man who kindly pointed me in the right direction) we were able to break the ice and joke about that. I notice a lot about people, sometimes a little too much lol. With these two it was a lot of love and friendship. The playful banter, the flirty looks, & the constant closeness without me even asking! I didn’t have to advise or direct them on posing at all, they just fell right into their natural being. I was so in love with the back of my camera and couldn’t wait another second to get home and start editing the session. I love when that happens. We did the session on Margarets family land, there were two old vehicles on the property that we had to use as props and at first I was a little nervous but those turned out to be my favorite shots. I love when I second guess myself during a session and think MEH I’m not sure… and then it turns into something amazing. With the way these two were with one another just naturally we could have done photos in the middle of a desert and it would still be the most wonderful session all because of their love and connection. The wedding is this Saturday and the theme is video games, I have no doubt that this will be the most detailed and fun wedding I’ve ever attended. I’m excited to see how everything comes together and even more to witness these two commit their entire beings to one another. Stay tuned for the wedding photos but for now enjoy the engagement session!

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