Thinking About Not Taking Engagement Photos? Think Again. Here's Why

By Carly Totten,

The decision to hire a photographer is an easy one. After your wedding, you will only be left with the memories you have of the day and the photos taken to capture them. However, many couples struggle with the decision to take engagement photos. When you stop and really think about it, though, you will want to remember the sweet time of being engaged just as much as your wedding day (even if this time is spent busily planning your wedding). In addition, many photographers include an engagement session into your package price, so why not take advantage of it?

Still not convinced? Here are our top three reasons from why you should take up your photographer's offer and take engagement photos.

Photo by: Katie Triano on Bayside Bride via

Photo by: Kate Triano on Bayside Bride via

1. Get to know your photographer: Beyond your initial consult, you will likely talk to your photographer several other times. However, those chats will likely occur over the phone. Because you will be spending the day and the large part of an evening with your photographer, we suggest opting for engagement photos as another chance to get to know each other in person. By taking advantage of the session, you will be able to catch another glimpse into her personality as well as her photography style. Both of these factors are important because knowing you made the right decision in hiring your photographer is priceless.

Photo by: Melanie Duerkopp on Bridal Musings via

Photo by: Melanie Duerkopp on Bridal Musings via

2. Become comfortable in front of the camera: When you see a camera lens, you may suddenly want to alter your posture and smile a little bigger, or maybe the mere thought of photos makes you want to run and hide. No matter which side of the spectrum you fall, you need to learn to feel comfortable. You and your beau will see your photographer in action, and she will likely encourage you to talk about your relationship and what you love in order to keep you occupied and calm. Knowing that you can relax in front of a camera with the help of your photographer will allow joy to show through in your wedding day photos because you already know what to expect. Opt for this trial run, so you can choose joy rather than nervousness!

Photo by: Brian Wright on French Grey Photography via

Photo by: Brian Wright on French Grey Photography via

3. See a sample: Waiting to see your wedding day photos may just be the longest wait you experience surrounding your celebration. We can't say that you won't be anxious to see these photos, but if you opt for an engagement session you are likely to feel more excited than nervous because you will have already seen what you both look like through your photographer's eye. Plus, you will see how you both look in a posed shot versus a candid - two styles your photographer will likely use on your wedding day. With that said, our favorite aspect of seeing a sample is you can use these photos for save-the-dates and announcements to family, friends, and your local paper.

Did you take engagement photos? How was your experience, and would you recommend it to other couples? Let us know in the comments!

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