It’s not often I have the opportunity to photograph engagement parties mostly due to the fact that I am busy with weddings but it was lovely to be able to capture this day for Nathalia and Diyar. First up we headed over to the gardens to take some portraits of the beautiful couple, we had a wonderful time walking around and capturing some beautiful moments. Then we headed back to the Richmond Hotel for a family lunch before the engagement party that night. I loved capturing this day for Nathalia and Diyar and I wish them all the best for their future together.
Gary and Skye decided to get married at the Skydiving Range that they go to frequently to add an extra sentimental touch to their wedding day. We were lucky to get a clear winters day for their wedding with no rain in sight. I had such a lovely time with them both, capturing their families become one in an intimate ceremony with their nearest and dearest.
Congratulations Gary and Skye, wishing you both all the happiness in the world.
If you are a current client of mine you will already know that I think Engagement Sessions are a fantastic thing to do before your wedding day with your photographer. This is why I include a complimentary engagement session with my wedding collections now. I have decided to do a little blog post on engagement sessions and what they are all about.
Why have an engagement session and what is it?
Sometimes there is a little confusion as to what an engagement session is, I often get told that they have already had their engagement party or they have been engaged for a long time so they don’t need one. That isn’t what engagement sessions are about, well for me they aren’t. Engagement sessions are simply just a couple’s session, an opportunity for you and your photographer to go out and take some beautiful images of you both. A perfect opportunity for you to get comfortable with them and with their camera, a little insight on what it will be like on the day of your wedding for your creative photos. For most couples their wedding is the first time they will be having professional photos together so having some portraits before hand can ease some nerves.
Sure you don’t have to have an engagement session for your photographer to take amazing photos of you on your day but I do recommend doing it. I can feel the difference when I photograph a couple I have done an engagement session for and when I haven’t. There is a extra bit of trust there and friendship, they know I know what I am doing and that this silly things that I am asking them to do will most likely turn into something great. It gives your photographer a chance to get to know how you work in front of the camera, not everyone is a natural at it and that’s ok. Some are very shy or hate having their photo taken (in particular the men) and then others are more comfortable with it. It also gives you all a chance to chat and create a friendship, another aspect of feeling comfortable with them. On your wedding you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer so having a friendship and relationship with them before hand really helps.
And of course it also gives you amazing images of you both to share with family and friends or use at your wedding or even as save the dates. There are many reasons to have an engagement session and the above are just a few.
Where should we have our engagement session?
I do my engagement sessions on location but other photographers can work differently so it is best to talk to your photographer about it. I recommend a few ideas to help my couples choose a location:
- Is there a sentimental location to you both that we could possibly do the session at, maybe a café by the beach you go to frequently or somewhere you went on a date. It can just add that little bit of a personal touch to your session.
- Is there a location that you would love to have your wedding images taken at but logistics or time wont be able to factor that in on the day? Some couples for example love the beach but are having a winery wedding so there is no possible way of getting to the beach on the wedding day. Having the engagement session at the beach for example will mean you will still get beautiful photographs at your favorite place.
- Another option is to use your engagement session as a chance for you both and your photographer to see the locations around the venue before the day. Scout out the perfect spots for photos before the big day comes.