Every couple wants to employ the services of a good photographer to capture the special moments of their wedding. The wedding is considered to be one of the most important days for a woman. Unfortunately, some couples do not resort to having an engagement photo session, which could greatly help the couple gain an insight on how their wedding photos would turn out, although such sessions have become quite trendy these days. This session with your photographer will give you ideas and he will also provide you answers to questions most young couples have.
An engagement photo session provides a nice opportunity to portray the newlyweds’ love in the forthcoming years. It need not be an actual engagement or proposal. The couple just meets with a photographer and creates a story, one that happens in an engagement or proposal. The beauty of the engagement session is that the main characters can relax and have their session arranged according to what they want. They can go somewhere outside of town or prefer to be with nature without enacting any special scene. While it is not a real engagement, technically, these photo sessions can be called engagement sessions.
What then are the usual questions couples have as regards engagement photo shoots?
What is the importance of having an engagement photo session? For a couple, it is a good occasion to get a set of photos where they are enjoying being together, relaxed, without the rush of time. Usually, such photo shoots are done a few days before the actual wedding. It serves as a way to establish rapport with the photographer covering your wedding. You will be given tips on how to be relaxed in front of the camera and how to naturally express your feelings. You will be able to critique yourself and know how you would look on the photos. You will also have the opportunity to practice in different poses, as well as project good facial expressions.
For the photographer, he is able to know the couple more so that he knows what the couple would like in terms of shots. He will be able to capture good poses during the wedding as he already has an idea of the good shots based on the engagement sessions. An engagement session sets the tone for creating good photos of the wedding as the photographer can link these to the photos he had taken during the engagement session. Good rapport with the photographer is thus a must as this will reflect on the quality of the pictures that will be taken.
Where do you start looking when you need a person to cover your engagement photo session? Should you plan to have an engagement session, it would be best to solicit the advice of friends who had been recently married. In all probability, a number would have had their engagement sessions photographed. Ask them about their experiences with their photographer, browse through their pictures. You may pick up ideas from these. Of course, you can also search for available photographers within your area through the internet.
Keep in mind though that every photographer has his own style. Be clear as to what you want, the ideas that appeal to you, and the kind of effects you would want done. This way, you will be able to pinpoint the style you like best. If you are thinking of an engagement session, make sure that your engagement photographer would be the same person who will be taking your wedding photos, too. Arrange to meet with them and request that they bring samples of complete sessions that they have done so you can get an idea of his capabilities as a photographer. Make sure you choose someone who you can be comfortable with, to listen to as well as to ask questions from.
Even if you like the photos but you don’t feel at ease with the photographer, chances are, your pictures might not turn out to be what you want. It is important that you and the photographer understand each other clearly.
Choosing a location. The location selection will depend on a lot of factors: the theme you prefer, your availability in terms of time, and of course the time of year. The indoors could be your choice for winter which may be in a cafe, an ultra chic mall, a discovery museum, or a distinguished landmark. But if you are adventurous, photos taken in the snowy surroundings will also look great. Just make sure you’re amply dressed and that you bring with you some hot beverage. Springtime can see you strolling in the town or park and taking advantage of the first spring flowers just starting to bloom.
In summer, you have a choice on the nearby beaches and rivers. A night in the park could also be a good choice as you can play with the lights. In autumn, the forest affords you with an interplay of the leaves’ colors. Even a little rain could add romanticism to your photos. Every time of the year has its own charm and it just needs some ingenuity to bring out the best in each season.
Setting for a photo shoot. Use your creativity to come up with a scene for your photo shoot. You can start the story on how you met each other, building it up till the day of the engagement. Or you could portray the damsel in distress who was rescued by her knight in shining armor. You then portray the main characters in your play. However, many couples just prefer to have a realistic theme like a picnic by the lake or strolling by the seashore. Although this may seem very simple, it has a charm of its own. In these situations, the photographer stays discreetly in the background and makes the best of capturing the intimate moments of the couple.
Additional ideas. After the engagement photo session, you may save your pictures in a disk and have some of your favorites printed. These may also be made into a video slide show with matching music. Couples usually play this video during the wedding reception, and this makes for an unforgettable impression on everyone. You may want to order a customized photo album containing the best photos that were taken. Some of these photos may even grace your wedding card invitation. For very close friends, you can make a video invitation with some of the photos which you can send electronically.