The engagement session is a pretty well-known tradition in the USA. It usually takes place several months prior to your wedding and it’s a great way to validate your photographers choice. The idea is quite similar to the post-wedding session and includes: you, a camera, a variety of locations and outfits, a good makeup, a good hair stylist and produce splendid portraits.
Clients with higher expectation might want to upgrade to a bride and groom’s pre-wedding photo session.
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What’s the difference between those two kinds of photo session
The major differences are the kind and number of outfits you can chose the time, the makeup and energy involved. For a classical engagement sessions couples would choose casual and formal clothes.
For the pre-wedding, the couple would prefer long dress, like glamorous evening gown and white dress (usually a different wedding dress). It usually last longer (all the afternoon of the night), including a make-up artist and a hair stylist. You can also go to more locations. In other words, it’s closer to a real editorial photo shooting.
Wearing some wedding clothes (long white dress and suite) will give you more experience for your wedding day. Indeed, it’s not exactly the same to wear and to move in a casual outfit that it’s with a larger and heavier dress! As a consequence, on your wedding day you really know what to expect. And you already figured out how to pose which offer a better result.
The second advantage is having first-class pictures that you can use for your wedding day.
Why the pre-wedding photo session is important and you should absolutely do it
Having his image taken is always strange, even more when it’s done by a total stranger. Having your engagement portraits taken by your talented wedding photographer in the Twin Cities (sessions designed to know each other) prior to your ceremony will help you on several points:
- Confirm that the photographer is a good fit for you and your families
- Confirm that sur the pictures’ style are what you expect.
- You would feel more relaxed and confident in front of the lens and reveal your emotions.
- You would discover poses and actions to perform
Knowing each other
Working with someone is the best way to discover each other. This first photo shoot will allow you to validate your decision in your wedding photographer choice. Indeed, you don’t want your special day to be ruined by a crazy guy. On the contrary you want to make sure you hired the best professional and you can rely on him.
After your first photo session, you will receive all the images, retouched in High Definition. Seeing the result is also a good way to feel reassured and to trust your vendors. So if he asks you to do something that might sound odds, you would trust him knowing he has a great idea in mind.
As a result of knowing him better and trusting him, you feel be much more relaxed in front of the lens. And that’s precisely the most important requirement for creating vibrant images. The couple in love should be at ease and disinhibit to reveal his true feelings. It’s only then that the photographer could immortalize them. That’s why it’s so important you to have a real connection with your photographer.
Poses and What to Do
The goal of this first session is also you learning what to do and what avoid. Actually, we don’t use a high number of complicated poses. On the contrary we try to stay simple and natural. Most of the time you will simply walk, kiss, hug and interact together. Step by step, the pose will become more natural, and you won’t even think of them anymore. Best professionals would use tips to create this complicity between the couple.
You will also learn how to stand regarding the light and tons of tiny details you should apply, in order to have better expressions.
So, when and where the photo session takes place?
It usually takes place several months prior to your wedding. Some people enjoy the fall color, some would prefer a winter day after a snow storm. Most of people like the blooming season or like the luxurious summer vegetation.
The photo shoot usually take place outdoor when the weather is good, or indoor in case of rain or snow.
The best locations for your photo shoot would depend on your tastes and personality. Of course a nice landscape or a remarkable building would work better than a cheap suburb area. Check on our list of the best place to find your perfect spot on the Twin Cities!
What to do with your pre-wedding photo pictures?
You will receive on the web gallery all the images, retouched, a couple of weeks after your session. You can share them with your families. The images are in high resolution are thus can be used for multiple purposes. Some use them for their wedding website, design their wedding guest book, or print poster for their big day.
How to dress?
Short answer is to wear casual and formal outfit. You must coordinate your clothes, but not necessarily matching colors. Best clothes vary depending of the season. Check out dedicated page for details!
Can you ask a family member to join us?
If you fill more comfortable with your siblings or parents coming while you have your pictures capture taken, then please, ask them to come. Just make sure they share the same point of view and ideas that you have and that they are not trying to take control of your photo session. Indeed, I have already seen some very involved sibling, with a too-shot-list including hundreds of ideas, directing the session. Help and good idea are always welcome, but first off all, couples should have some real fun!
A good recommendation: pick some comfortable shoes. Indeed, we will walk a lot and your feet must not hurt you.
Even if you don’t plan to print or use your images, this session is very important to improve your final result. You know your photographer, so you both fill more confident and that has some positive effect during the entire day. For instance, during the preparation with your bridesmaid and groomsmen you might be more inclined to make jokes and to reveal your authentic emotion. Also you will be stress free for the rest of the day, knowing none important moment will be misted, such as you walking down the aisle.
For more information about where to go, how to dress, check the tips page.