So you and your partner are getting married, congratulations! There are a million things to organise before your big day, and a wedding photographer one of the most important ones! But don’t jump into the deep-end straight away; here are a few reasons why you should book your potential wedding photographer for an engagement shoot first.
1) Get to know your photographer
Booking an engagement photoshoot gives you and your partner time to get to know your photographer, before the big day. Having a good relationship with your photographer is vital, as it will directly effect the quality of the images in your final wedding album.
If you get to know your photographer before the wedding, you will feel less awkward and uncomfortable around him or her during your wedding day. You will most likely spend more time with your wedding photographer than anyone else during your wedding, so it is very important that you can feel comfortable around them, to reduce the stress and anxiety of your big day.
2) Gauge their skills
You only get one shot at your big day, and there is nothing worse than spending a large amount of money on a photographer that provides you with terrible photos! An engagement shoot is a good way to see how experienced your photographer is, how well they can engage with you and your partner, and most importantly, what your final images might look like.
If you choose to book an engagement shoot with your photographer, and they turn out to be rubbish, you have only spent a fraction of the price of wedding photography to find out this vital piece of information! Conversely, if your photographer provides you with fantastic engagement images, then you have an extra set of beautiful memories captured forever!
3) Have a practice run
Most couples do not have much modelling experience, and having a chance to practice poses in front of the camera before your big day will allow you to feel more comfortable during your wedding. Even a little bit of modelling experience will do wonders for your confidence, and will reflect positively in your wedding album.
Having a practice run will help you and your photographer get used to working together, and will make you more efficient on your wedding day. During your engagement shoot, your photographer can give you lots of direction for posing; so that on your wedding day you have an idea of which poses make you look the most fabulous!