One of the best advantages to being a Western Massachusetts Wedding Photographer is being able to capture all the romances that started at our wonderful colleges and universities. When we advertise that we will go anywhere you want to do your engagement portraits, my favorite response is “can we go to my college where I met my fiancé?” When I think about all the hundreds of thousands of couples that met at college, I can’t help but smile. Whether you like it or not, if you work in the wedding industry you are destined to be a romantic at some level. Holly and George met at the University of Massachusetts. I think that says it all.
So why should you do an Engagement Session? Not only is it a good way to get to know your photographer but you will both “love it”, and remember it forever and Ever. This is the one opportunity for you to have a professional portrait made other than the day you are in your formal weddingware. I have often been told that “It was one of the best dates we ever have”. Both grooms and brides often tell me how much they loved it, what a great memory it is now, how they never realized how much they could enjoy their time at a “photo shoot.” Even if you hate having your picture taken…. This is going to be a fun day! Truthfully You will get better wedding photos if you have an e-session with your wedding photographer, 100% of the time even if you don’t choose me and here is why. The e-session gets you comfortable with both your photographer and with the camera before the wedding. It also helps your photographer to see what angles flatter you the most, to see how you interact together as a couple, to see which of you squints when you smile to the point of your eyes vanishing, etc. All of this information helps us immeasurably on the wedding day. The e-session is also very helpful for Family and friends. They will have more confidence in your decisions on spending thousands of dollars on a photographer, I can’t tell you how many times I have been introduced as “the photographer that did those amazing engagement photos”. When your family and friends see your engagement photos and how gorgeous they are, they support your photography choices and relax around your photographer more quickly. That allows your photographer to capture the real emotions of guests as they let their guards down.
With the e-session photos, you or your photographer can make guest signing books or matted signing boards, reception cards, and other uniquely “you” decor for the reception. You will also have photos that you can used for save the date magnets, invitations, favors, programs, on line profiles, your wedding web site, a reception slideshow set to music, etc. Please contact me and we will be happy to share our samples with you. Thanks…. Linda and Michael Paul.