Are engagement sessions a waste of time?

Engagement session in DC. A black couple walks up the stairs wearing white and blue jeans, a sign behind them says "We'll Get Thru This."As Washington, DC wedding photographers, we sometimes have couples who don’t want to do an engagement session.

There could be several reasons for this: busy traveling for work, don’t live in this area, or planning their nuptials in a short period of time.

But if these aren’t your reasons, DO IT!

Why are engagement sessions important?

Well, let us first explain what an engagement session is. This session is for you and your future spouse to take photos together. This session is usually scheduled at least three months before your nuptials. These photos can be used for a variety of reasons: to announce your engagement, save the date cards, signage at your wedding, and so much more.

Learn more about your photographer or photography team?

You get to ask them more questions after the initial booking. Maybe you forgot to ask about their turnaround time or wondered more about their photography style. Now is the perfect time to find out. You have an opportunity to know if you like how they pose the both of you together.

Do your personalities mesh?

You’re going to be around your photography team for 8 hours or more. Hard to know if your personalities will work based on a few calls. With an engagement session, you’re around each other for 30 minutes or more. Perfect time to see if can you take direction from them and if you find each other annoying.

Great practice before the big day!

Most couples have never stepped foot in front of a professional’s camera before and are nervous about how they will look.

We often hear: I’m not “photogenic,” “don’t know what to do with my hands,” or “please make me look good.”

The good thing about engagement sessions, you get to overcome these fears and relax in front of the camera before saying “I Do!” Imagine dealing with these feelings on top of the stress of your big day?

To learn more about prepping for your engagement session, check out some of these engagement prep tips.

Are you looking for experienced photographers to capture your day in Virginia or Washington, DC? Fill out our contact form and we’ll be sure to reach out to you. Also, visit our site to learn more about us and visit our wedding experience page.

A black couple wearing white shirts and blue jeans touch foreheads. Same couple wearing teal and tan kiss on the boardwalk at the Wharf.

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