Top 5 Reasons to have an Engagement Shoot

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As wedding season is upon us and many of you (especially you soon to be brides) are researching photography and debating, “what do I need in my wedding photography package”… well  here are the top reasons why you need an engagement shoot!!

  1. Practice Makes Perfect

Many couples (especially soon to be grooms) get incredibly nervous about their wedding photos. Will they be painful? Will they turn out bad? Will they take to long?  Well, not if you know what you are going into before hand. An engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera and learn to relax. Often times your photographer will do similar poses or use similar cues with you at your engagement shoot that she will with you at your wedding. It’s a great dress rehearsal!!

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2.  Get to know how your photographer works

One of the most important parts in making sure you have beautiful wedding photos is being comfortable with your photographer. The more you know each other and become friends the better the photos will be. Not only is this the perfect time for you to get to know your photographer in a relaxed environment but its also a time for her to get to know you!   Your photographer will be able to use this time to notice if you favor a certain side or if your husband-to-be tends to blink. Trust me this makes the “posed” photography part of  your wedding day more like a fun reunion then a chore before the cocktails begin (and who says you can’t have a cocktail during this time… )

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3.  Multi-Purpose Investment

You might wonder, can I use these photos for anything at the wedding? OF COURSE, just look all over Instagram, pinterest, and many blogs. There are tons of ways you can re-purpose these amazing images.   The most common is the guest book  but there are many other fun and unique ways to use them.

Here’s a list:

  • Line the inside of your envelopes (a fun DIY project)
  • Create Beautiful Save-the-Date cards  (Basic Invite does a great job)…click here:  BASIC INVITE
    • BONUS: use code andrejkabasicinvite to get 30% off and free shipping!!!
  • Personalized Table Numbers
  • A collaged wall mural at the wedding

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4.  And the obvious on…  The Memory Keeper

As with all photos, these are a way to capture a special era of your lives in time forever. This is especially true for the engagement photos. When you look around your home do you imagine your it being filled with photos representing your lives? The time prior to your wedding is a unique moment that will only happen once. Pairing your engagement photos and your wedding photos makes for a beautiful. Of course you want your wedding photos prominently displayed.  Imagine a handful of gorgeous artistic wedding photos being hung on the wall but you still want photos of you and your love framed around the house… right? So now, imagine your home with photos of the two of you… professionally taken, having fun, beautifully framed. They represent the real you! The two of you in your most natural comfortable environment, be that at home, or in a park, or the place you first met or had your first date.

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5.  FUN!! 

BEST PART!!! ITS FUN! Come on … here you are just having fun… doing whatever you want to do, no stress, just capturing the essence of the two of you… whether its playing in a playground, throwing a baseball, walking down your favorite street with your pup, going to the beach, or just hanging out in your kitchen!! The ideas are endless…

Next time someone (probably your fiancé) asks “what’s the purpose of an engagement shoot?” this is what you can say… tell him… it’ll be fun… we can even end the shoot at his favorite brewery or with a martini on a rooftop bar!!

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Your wedding photography belongs in a beautiful album that can be handed down from generation to generation. An heirloom that your children and children’s children will laugh smile  and appreciate. While in your home, everyday  you want to represent more than just a day but the story of two lives becoming one. By by pairing your wedding images with your engagement photos you can relive the moment starting from the moment he asked and you said yes  … and smile at it everyday!

love,

A

“A couple days before the engagement photo shoot we were both nervous  and  wondering why we even wanted to do one anymore! This all quickly changed as we began our engagement session. Andrejka immediately made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and directed us into poses that felt natural.

Believe it or not, we had fun during our engagement pictures and we would recommend an engagement photo shoot for newly engaged couples for many reasons. First of all, you get the chance to take pictures to commemorate an important time in your life. We all take pictures on a daily basis, but its not often  you get  candid pictures of the two of you in places that has a special meaning to you. The pictures Andrejka took of us show how we feel about each other in a more genuine way. Also, An engagement session is a great way to see how you will feel in front of the camera on the big day!

 When we looked at the pictures, we were so excited about the way they turned out. We looked natural, happy, and in love which is exactly what we wanted for our engagement pictures. We loved our photo session because it gave us an opportunity to commemorate the love we have for each other, as well as get to know our amazing wedding photographer, Andrejka!”  -Jill & Tate Levy, 

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