This month we continue our Marry Me on Main series with a guest post from Josh Witzel of Abbots Lane Photography. Each of our top 3 couples participated in a mini-session with Josh before the interview round of the giveaway. This allowed each couple to get to know Josh, and for Josh to get to know them. He then joined the panel of judges as we chose our winners. It was imperative that he be present to represent the photographer relationship – because when it comes to wedding planning THAT is an important one! As you plan your wedding and create your budget, Josh urges you to think twice before crossing engagement pictures off the list. Here’s why:
The ﬁrst time you saw the images that led you to choose your own wedding photographer, they took your breath away. You knew that person was the one you wanted to capture what will be one of the most remarkable days of your life. You knew that person HAD to tell your story. But what you didn’t know is what went into creating those truly unique, one-of-a-kind images. That an engagement session likely began their journey to such breathtaking wedding day images. As wedding photographers there is something that we hear quite often:
“The most important photos are our wedding photos. Those are the ones we really care about.” – OR –
“It’s just an engagement session, we have friend who is going to do this for us….”
As a photographer this always breaks my heart as I know how important having an engagement session can be. Like anything we do in life we always get better with practice and being in front of the camera is no different. Every session with your wedding photographer gets better, you learn something about yourself, something you like, something you dislike. You gain more conﬁdence. Almost all full-time professional wedding photographers will make you feel at ease in front of the camera the ﬁrst time, every time. So then why is the engagement session so important? By choosing an engagement session your photographer gets to know you and you get to know them.
This gives your wedding photographer valuable information to better plan and create one-of-a-kind, unique images based on your love story. This also gives you several vital things that you wouldn’t otherwise receive if you chose to forgo the engagement session with your wedding photographer.
Your photographer will learn so much about the two of you during an engagement session. This allows them to create a perfect collection of wedding day images that truly captures your unique love. Getting to know your photographer and working together creates trust – eliminating any worry that you may have about your images and allowing you to completely enjoy what will be a truly remarkable day… Your wedding day.
Being in front of the camera and seeing yourself in the images… what people think they will like is not always what they actually like or what forms best to them. If there is something that you didn’t like during an engagement session, this is the perfect time for your photographer to understand what types of images and styles best suit your taste. Then when you meet again on your wedding day, your photographer is equipped with that knowledge and is able to focus on your preferences and styles, eliminating any learning curve and helping ensure your images are exactly what you’ve envisioned.
It also lets you see how good you look! Knowing that you look amazing and your photographer knows how to make YOU look your best is so comforting. It means you can focus on your wedding day and let your photographer capture unique and candid moments that tell your story.
Trust and conﬁdence will make or break the quality of your wedding images, so engagement sessions should be a must for every couple. They are an invaluable tool for not only creating excitement and memories but can also take your wedding images from great to incredible. By forgoing an engagement session or having one with someone other than your wedding photographer you can deﬁnitely do yourself an injustice.
Want to see the start of Mike and Ann’s love story, as told by their incredible wedding photographer Josh? Check out their mini-engagement session taken at The Edgewater!