Under de’ Palms: The Importance of an Engagement Photography Session

Most people agree – wedding photos are one of the most important parts of a wedding. However, a lot of couples overlook the importance of an engagement photography session. A professional engagement photography session is one of the best ways to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to get to know you. You will learn first-hand the style of your photographer. At the session you will learn if your photographer makes you feel comfortable, how creative he or she is, and if they take into consideration your style, culture and personality.
Many couples never have a professional photography session before their wedding. The engagement photography session can be during the proposal or later on during the engagement. Most couples prefer to have an intimate moment, just the two, at the proposal and photography is one of the last things to think about. Some couples re-enact the proposal at the surprise of the future bride (or groom!).

During your photography session you should feel very comfortable to let your love shine and have fun. During the session remember to have a romantic frame of mind for one another. We recommend no other family members attend the session. This time is just for the couple to focus on each other.
Engagement photography sessions can be held anywhere. The couple and the photographer can be as creative as they would like to be. Some couples just want a nice photography session among the lush gardens. Others want the session to have a theme. We photographed an evening engagement photography session where the future groom surprised his bride with a dinner in the middle of a park on the waterfront and a cake saying, “Will you marry me?” It was very romantic. We have also photographed engagement photography sessions under a full moon with swaying palm trees.

There are a lot of things you can do with engagement photos other than traditional announcements:

– Select your favorite photographs for a beautiful coffee table album to complement the elegant wedding coffee table album

– Develop a Portrait Signature Mat for the guest to sign at the wedding

– Create a portrait slide show to view on television or screen in the home or at the wedding

– Use photographs as a part of guest giveaways at the wedding

– Have several wall portraits printed for your home

Engagement photography session price varies among photographers. Some photographers include the session in the wedding photography package and others charge separately. If your wedding is a destination wedding to gorgeous St. Croix, a session may or may not be possible. It depends on when you arrive and what preliminary activities are planned before the wedding. If you are planning your wedding, make sure to ask your photographer in advance about an engagement session.

Do not miss the opportunity for an engagement photography session for you and your loved one before the wedding.  Start your future filled with love captured through the eyes of your photographer.

By Denise Bennerson PhD

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