Get To Know Your Photographer Better – The Importance of the Engagement Session | South Carolina Wedding Photography

So…you just got engaged. Congratulations! You’ve just said “Yes” to the love of your life and have finally settled down to start planning the big day. So many big decisions have to be made, like choosing the perfect date to get married on, and all of the vendors that will help make your day even better. It can be very frustrating or stressful, but once you pick out the best people to join you for the biggest day of your lives, things start to fall into place.

Once you’ve found the photographer of your dreams (wink, wink), maybe you’ve already had some engagement photos done. Maybe it was a family or friend that has an interest in photography, or a professional that you just wanted to work with before you found your current wedding day photographer. And that’s okay! But you noticed that the package or collection you chose includes an engagement session. Now, some photographers are flexible if you choose not to use the engagement session or may want to substitute it for a bridal session or some print credit. We all understand. BUT! I am here to tell you to USE. THAT. ENGAGEMENT. SESSION. And here are the reasons why.

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I include engagement sessions into ALL of my wedding collections. Why? Many reasons. First, I want to know you better. To me, it’s important to form a bond between myself and my couples. You love my work? Awesome! You want to be friends? YES, let’s! You don’t want a stranger documenting your wedding day, you want someone you can trust that will capture everything around your perfectly. Think about it though, your wedding photographer will be spending the entire day with you. So, getting that engagement session with your wedding photographer gets rid of those “I’m kind of nervous in front of the camera” jitters. And you don’t want those on your wedding day…promise.

You’ll also get a good idea of how I am behind the camera. To me, it’s really important that you are comfortable working with me.

Doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer is crucial. The engagement session not only helps break that barrier, but we also get to know you better. What makes you laugh, what prompts work best for you as a couple, are you a “Blinky Bill” (sorry to anyone named Bill, lol) and to easy any anxieties you may have during our session. I also get to deliver images that are unique to your relationship and personalities.

I hear it a lot, “We are really awkward in front of the camera”, “My fiance really hates taking pictures”, or “I don’t know what to do”. Y’ALL, this is where I come in. I have some tricks up my sleeve that make you feel not so posed and give your photos natural emotion and movement, so you’re not just standing there all stiff like mannequins, haha.

Most importantly, take it easy! Think of this as a break from wedding planning. I know that’s easier said than done, but during your engagement session, you don’t need to think about anything other than being with the one that you love and just having fun. Other reasons to have engagements done? Save the Dates, cute new outfit, possibly do makeup/hair trial runs, make it into a date night later, and “Y’ALL, we’re getting married!” pictures 🙂

Steve & Tricia – Married | The Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

I met Steve and Tricia at a Starbucks for a quick meeting before their date night.  I’m pretty sure they were going to watch Wonder Woman and wanted to meet up with me for their wedding in September.  They are such a laid back and fun couple and it was so easy talking to them.  Steve was telling me how he proposed to Tricia and just listening to the way he talked about her just warmed my heart.  Like…this woman was the love of his life and he was so ecstatic to FINALLY be marrying this woman.

Steve & Tricia were married on September 16th, 2017 at The Duncan Estate in Spartanburg, SC.  Having an outdoor wedding is always so iffy because you never know about the weather, but it was SUCH a beautiful day.  Tricia started her day with getting her hair and makeup done before getting to Duncan Estate and shared mimosas with her daughter and Steve’s daughter.  MAYYYYBE a little more champagne than orange juice, but ehhh, who cares, right? 😉  I spoke to Steve downstairs while he was getting dressed and all he could ask was, “How does she look?  She looks better than me, doesn’t she?”.  He was just looking out and watching the people show up and sit down waiting for the wedding to start.  He was SO excited and ready to marry Tricia.  Tricia was feeling just the same.  She got her dress on and watched their guests show up from upstairs.

Watching Steve and Tricia marry one another, like any couple, made my heart smile.  His eyes just lit up the moment he saw her coming down the aisle and that light never left for the rest of the evening.  These photos don’t tell the whole story of Steve & Tricia, but we know that I can’t post them all, lol.  Here are my favorites and the best way I can show you their big day 🙂

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Steve & Tricia’s wedding day was SO much fun, surprises, and love that I’m so happy that they chose me to be their wedding photographer.  You guys are so beautiful together and I wish you the absolute best in your marriage and lives together.  It was a pleasure getting to know you both!

 

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Jeremy & Marett – Surprise Proposal | Wofford College Campus – Spartanburg, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

This was a first.  My first surprise proposal and I was so giddy to be doing it for Jeremy & Marett.  He called me one day in December saying that he was going to propose to Marett and wanted to do it at Wofford College as it was where they met, plus the campus is beautiful anyway.  He told me that he wanted to do a walk around on the campus, to show her some new things that were going on (Correct me if I’m wrong, but pretty sure Jeremy’s dad works at Wofford).  Then Jeremy had an idea that I approach them as if I’m just scouting the area for an engagement session that I’d have the next day, and ask them to be stand in subjects to test the light.

The way that it worked out was hilarious and perfect.

When they got to our meeting point, I stopped and introduced myself and asked them if they would mind standing in for me.  And immediately, Marett started laughing.  They agreed we started shooting.  I asked them if they would mind walking back up the path they came and just talk and walk back towards me and we would go from there.  I think the photos can tell the story after that 😉

What I didn’t know was that Marett had been asking Jeremy about when he was going to propose to her.  Jeremy told me that she basically had her ring picked out, lol.  Her best friend actually helped pick out the ring, and it was perfect.

Without typing out a book (lol), here are some of my favorites from Jeremy & Marett’s surprise proposal session 🙂

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Thank you to Jeremy for allowing me to document this amazing part of his and Marett’s life!  It was an amazing experience and I had a great time planning this surprise for Marett.  She was definitely surprised, haha.

I wish you both the absolute best in your lives together!

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