It’s Day 3 of my year-in-review. My time to reflect on the past year, make plans for next year, watch my 18 mos old daughter carefully study each page of a catalogue for the Free People clothing line…. Today features a few of my favorite Engagement Portraits from 2010.
I hear all the time: “Engagement photography? What?” With all the pressure of a wedding approaching, an engagement session is a time to step back and let the photographer capture you simply enjoying time together. In contrast to the excitement and intensity of the wedding day, your engagement session should be relaxed. It’s also very personal — you’re only thinking about each other. On a practical note, it’s also nice to have engagement photos to use on save-the-date cards or to display at a bridal shower. Perhaps you have a wedding website and would like a few portraits to use there (yes, I will format the photos to make your web designer/web host happy!).
The above couple actually got engaged during our session — the fiance was from out of town, with few opportunities to make it up to DC, so he had not formally proposed, but they wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and their chance to be together to get portraits together. (I was in on the little surprise!) Actually photographing a proposal was a crazy-exciting experience!
Finally, a business note — many wedding photographers also do engagement sessions as part of a wedding package. Since I do not shoot weddings, I tend to come in when the couple wants their engagement session here in Washington, DC (usually because one or both people live here), but are being married out of town. Sound like you? Don’t discount supplementing your beautiful [spring] wedding photos with some snowy backdrops here this winter!