The truth is, you don’t really NEED an engagement session. You can do this wedding thing however you want, remember? That being said, here are a few reasons why I think engagement sessions are a great idea:
1) Running around outside with your fiancé sans a wedding day schedule is kind of awesome. Plus you get photos of your adventures afterward, which makes it even MORE awesome.
2) Working with your photographer before your wedding day will help you get comfortable in front of their camera and will give you an idea of how they work. It will also help build trust; on your wedding day you won’t be worrying if they’re getting great shots ’cause you’ll already know what to expect.
3) You can use your engagement photos for wedding purposes! Put them in your guestbook, save-the-dates, napkins, cocktail garnishes…the possibilities are endless.
Many photographers either include an engagement session in their wedding collections OR offer them at a discounted rate when you book your wedding, so be sure to check!