Once a couple has decided to hire me to be their wedding photographer, one of the first things we decide is whether or not they are going to do engagement photos. I’ve talked about this topic a lot on various social media outlets, but it warrants saying again, I truly do believe that this session is crucial in the photographer/client relationship.
Engagement photos are a great way to get to know each other and for couples to get comfortable in front of the camera. Think of it as a trial run in this photo journey you’re about to go on. Because let’s be honest, on the day of your wedding you are going to have a camera around you all the time! Doing an engagement session is a great time to start that journey to figure out how you two behave in front of the camera, how you like to interact, what kinds of things make you laugh or turn you off. All of these are important to know as your photographer so that when the wedding day rolls around I already know these little mannerisms and can be prepared for them.
I highly recommend to my clients to pick a location that is comfortable for them where they can relax and really be themselves. Maybe that’s your favorite bar or restaurant, the park you like to take your nightly walks in, your favorite part of town that you live in. Whatever it is to you that furthers your story then that’s the place to do your portraits.
Here is an example of one of my favorite Houston engagement photo sessions. This couple and I got together at The Grove in Discovery Green for drinks and then spent a little time meandering around the park. We turned these images into the most beautiful guestbook they used at their wedding for all of their friends and family to sign. They were absolutely in love with how their photos turned out and we all had a great time doing them.