I get asked this question quite frequently by clients when I meet with them for the first time. And the answer in my eyes is “yes” for a number of reasons and I will explain why.
1) Getting to know each other
I generally feel that by having the session it allows everyone to get a bit more comfortable with each and by being more comfy, it means you relax. By relaxing it means we work quicker and by doing things quicker the day moves along much more smoothly.
2) Practice for the big day
It may sound a bit corny but lets be honest here, the vast majority of people are not models and are not using to being photographed anywhere near the amount you will be on the big day. Keeping in mind that on the day you will be stopped by a lot of people, whether it be family or friends asking to grab a quick snap of the happy couple. This does not take into account the time you spend with your photographer having the official shots taken. Oh boy, the jaws will ache Thankfully I have the perfect cure for the jaw ache and I will provide a few little tips to help overcome this.
On the engagement session, I tend to put people into a”default” position as a starting point and the reason for this is that it then allows me to direct into another position much quicker. After all, the quicker the position is taken the shot is taken and the quicker we can get things moving along. I hear it a lot that couples do not want to spend hours taking pictures and being away from your guests. It is important that you relax and enjoy the day.
3) Having fun
This is by far the most important aspect of the session. I will get you doing some silly things but there is actually method in the madness and most importantly it gets some lovely natural images of you guys just being yourselves.
4) Signing Board
One of the other advantages of taking part is that it allows the couple to use one of the images and put it in a frame to use as a signing board for the wedding day itself. It is becoming very popular and also gives it a slightly more personal feel to the usual signing book that most people tend to have.