How to have your perfect wedding photos – book an engagement session!

You’re going to invest a big portion of your wedding budget on your wedding photographs. So, how do you make sure they are everything you want them to be? How do you have your perfect wedding photos? With nearly 10 years of experience, photographing over 160 weddings and elopements, I’ve learned a few things that will make your wedding photography dreams come true.

This is part of a multi-part blog series of encouraging tips for achieving your perfect wedding photos. You can read all posts here: How to have your perfect wedding photographs!

Practice makes perfect!

If you are anything like me and my husband, you’re not a professional model and neither is your partner (unless of course you are and then you might not need today’s tip). Chances are you’ve never even been photographed professionally before. Or worse, you have been photographed before but it was at the Sears portrait studio.

So the idea of having a camera pointed at you for an entire day, and even posing for some romantical (read that with a rrrroling “R”) photos as a couple may have you and your partner freaking out just a little!

If this is you, then you need to take this tip to heart. Book an engagement session!

The engagement session

Booking an engagement session is going to be one of the best things you can do for yourselves and will ensure that your wedding day photography dreams come true.

An engagement session will provide you an opportunity to settle any nerves and insecurities you might have about being photographed. I find this especially helpful for guys who tend to be less excited about having their photo taken.

An engagement session, aka “practice session” allows you to get a feel for how your wedding photographer will direct you and be a trusting exercise so that on your wedding day you’re all smiles and giggles rather than a bundle of nerves. Your wedding photographer should give you lots of direction and loads of encouragement that you will carry forward to your wedding day, and you might even find yourself excited about your photos.

And, bonus, you won’t have to worry whether or not your photographer is going to make you pose with a watermelon on your wedding day (I kidd you not, this actually happened