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 🙂

Angela – Bridals | Rock Quarry Garden – Greenville, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

I let Angela take her time on choosing the best spot for her bridals.  She wanted something in the Greenville area, but still beautiful for her portraits.  She texted me one day saying that she wanted the Rock Quarry Garden.  Why I haven’t shot here before is BEYOND me, this is just a cute hidden gem!  I literally passed it up on the way there, lol.  If you don’t know it’s off on the side of the road by some houses, but it’s technically a Greenville, SC park.  Lots of people have small wedding ceremonies there, many people go to have family portraits made, and even bridals.  It’s actually quite beautiful.

If you haven’t already seen them, Adam & Angela’s engagement session was a DOOZY, lol.  We battled the rain many times and struggled to get their session booked because it literally rained every single time we tried to schedule a day.  You can view their engagement post HERE.   And since Adam & Angela are FINALLY married, I can post these beauties!

We started scheduling for Angela’s bridals.  The day was beautiful, the weather was warm/humid, but we were in the shade so it wasn’t that bad.  As with all of my bridals, we were scheduled for two full hours of shooting, but that came to a close after one hour because Angela got too hot and started to feel like she was going to faint.  This woman is a TROOPER though.  She finished up a few photos at the last bit of that hour and you couldn’t even tell that she was struggling to stand.  She’s amazing.  🙂

Here are just a handful of my faves from Angela’s bridal session!

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Thank you Angela for allowing me to be the photographer for all of these moments!  Can’t wait to post up the wedding blog post here soon 🙂

 

Jenn 2018

Adam & Angela – Engaged | Falls Park /Downtown- Greenville, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photography

I didn’t meet Adam & Angela before their engagements, it was a phone call with Angela and she booked right away ❤  So, we went ahead and sent over each others schedules for their engagement session.  Everything was perfect until the day of, and it was, of course, pouring the rain all day long.  Adam & Angela had some engagement photos done prior to booking with me, and wanted some sunlight and nice weather for these, so we rescheduled, understandably.  So we did just that….and then again….IT RAINED.  We met up in Greenville and it ended up raining on the way and was really cloudy.  The radar was just all over the place, haha.  Y’ALL, we thought that we were never gonna be able to get them done.  It was very important for them to have their engagements done at Falls Park as it was where they had their first date and where Adam proposed.  So, it was vital to find a time that was perfect.  We finally picked another date and it ended up being great!…for about 45 minutes.

Before it really started, we saw this incredibly bright rainbow peeking in between buildings and trees, so we just HAD to capture it in a photo.  It also had great meaning for Adam & Angela as well from their recent bible study in church.  It was just meant to be 🙂  It ended up pouring the rain and we somehow managed to run under a bridge for about 15 minutes.  We met a fun little family doing a scavenger hunt as well, and I volunteered to take a photo like I was zombie hunting with a giant stick.  So, I’m forever in a random family’s scavenger hunt photo somewhere, haha!

We caught a break in the last few minutes to get some in front of the famous downtown Greenville bridge before it came an absolute DOWNPOUR.  I mean, I don’t think I’ve ran so fast to cover up my gear in my life, haha.  Luckily, Adam & Angela had park in a lot nearby, so we didn’t get too soaked.  But, even though their engagement session was cut short, I feel like we got to know one another well enough that day and captured some wonderful images celebrating their engagement 🙂

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Right after this last photo, it started pouring, and I do mean POURING.  We were going to walk on the bridge itself, but we didn’t even get that chance.  The rain was like, “NAHH, not today” lol.  I’m so excited to be photographing Adam & Angela getting married next Saturday on October 6th, 2018.  Their day is going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to be a part of it 🙂

 

Jenn 2018

Ricco & Magnolia – Engaged | Falls Park – Birds Fly South Ale Project – Greenville, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

Magnolia emailed me last December and wanted me to meet with her and Ricco for coffee at a local tea bar in Downtown Greenville, O-CHA Tea Bar.  When I first met them, it was so easy to talk to them.  They knew exactly what they wanted, and knew precisely what to ask me.  They told me their wedding date and venue (with I’m in love with and can’t WAIT to shoot there in September!) and I think they could tell that I would be in heaven, haha.  We got to talking a lot more and they told me more about their story together and buddy, let me tell you, if they can make it through long distance, ANYBODY can.  Ricco is from Washington and Magnolia is from Syracuse, New York and they made it being THAT FAR apart for years.  I truly admire their love for one another and I seriously can’t wait to watch them get married in September!

Ricco also works in engineering, so he was very interested in having their engagements done in downtown Greenville because he loves all of the structures and all of the older buildings.  Which I totally agree, Greenville is chock FULL of beautiful buildings and areas. We didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted, but everything was amazing that day!  We started in Downtown Greenville in Falls Park, they even trekked into the Falls, haha!  After that, they said they saw a local brewery that they thought would be awesome to get photos in, so I was TOTALLY in.  We headed over to Birds Fly South Ale Project and it was this secluded, but very chill (and busy!) brewery.  It was really nice and it seems they have food trucks by all of the time!  You can check them out HERE.

Too many favorites from their engagements, but I’ll show some restraint and show you as little/many as possible 🙂

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Thank you Ricco & Magnolia for choosing me to document this wonderful time in your lives!  I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in September!  Ricco & Magnolia are to be married on September 15th, 2017.

 

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