Hello!! Kristen, a.k.a. The Future Mrs. Darcy (where I do wedding invitations, any other sort of invitation you need or really any sort of paper product you need!), checking in here while Brandy is on her VERY LONG awaited trip to Paris with her darling husband. Do you think she snarfed wine through her nose reading the post title? Let’s hope so because she shouldn’t be online in Paris anyway.
Anyway, I am not, in fact, Trapped in a Closet but I do have a confession: I’ve always thought that engagement sessions were a little frivolous… en route to narcissistic. Now I love a good game of dress up as much as the next girl and I did just change which side I part my hair as a direct result of a RadioLab episode but deep down I’ve always looked at them and thought “Really?”
But now that has all changed.
Let me back up a bit. I’m in a bit of a persnickety mood today and I’ve been trying to think of something to guest blog about but all I keep thinking about is how frustrating it can be when your hired to do something then a client wants you to change everything to a style you’d NEVER do. Now, very thankfully, I NEVER have this problem with my brides. They look through my site and if they like my style and hire me we’re always both completely happy with the result. Sure, there are times when they will look at something and be like “Hmm that font just isn’t doing it for me” but I always find a way to ensure they get THEIR perfect wedding invitations in the end.
And then it hit me.
You can look at a photographers website all you want but you only get one shot on the big day. I also think it’s very hard to separate the photographs from WHAT’S IN the photographs.
I love this main photo from a wedding Brandy shot (I actually love all the photos but especially this one) but I can’t tell you how different a very small wedding in the mountains on a farm was from mine! But I still love the photo, it’s just hard to look at that and think how it would translate to MY ceremony.
Enter the engagement session.
You get a chance to see how YOU look in a photographers work and a much better of idea of what it will be like to work with them. And they get a good idea of how to work best with you as well. Some people are put in front of a camera and every shot is golden. Most of us need a little guidance. An engagement session can be a great time for each of you to get comfortable being on your respective ends of the camera and there aren’t 200 guests waiting for you in the meantime!
So there you have it. Bias averted. Engagement sessions are the way to go.