This is our Guest Book/Engagement Session article from Canada's Bridal Show 2017 Dream Bride Magazine.
Today’s newly engaged couples are taking time to enjoy the process of planning the big day; from setting the date and picking the hall and everything that goes with it. In the photography industry we have noticed that more and more couples are putting tremendous thought and planning into their engagement photo session. Which is why we not only include them in our packages but encourage our clients to take advantage of the session.
When it comes to the engagement session, the grander the better! They often involve multiple locations as well as “costume changes”. They can take place in a location that is special to the couple or somewhere new to discover, or they can be as simple as a walk in the woods. We love this trend! We love to create something special for our clients, memories to last a lifetime!
Not to mention, this is fantastic practice for the wedding day! You are able to spend time with your photographer, see how he or she works. Experience what is involved in a professional photo shoot. The engagement session is an important aspect of your whole wedding photography experience. The couple also experiences what goes into posing for pictures and how to relax enough so that those spontaneous photos happen. There is a lot of preparation on the part of the photographer for your e-session. Getting a thorough understanding of the client’s vision as well as giving our own suggestions. The opportunity to be creative is important to us as well! We want your engagement session to be a success! It is important to us that we create the images that you have imagined and then some.
There is always a lot of laughter, once the little bit of nerves disappears, during these sessions. An understanding between photographer and clients that great photos are made through working together as a team emerges. This leads to a better understanding about the photography process for the wedding day. That posing for pictures is necessary but that there is also enough time and opportunity for candid photos to happen. Couples need a little guidance when it comes to taking formal photos, because posing for a professional photographer is not something many of us do everyday!
With this move to more elaborate e-sessions our clients often complete the experience by choosing to have us professionally create a guest book for the wedding day. As a couple you have put so much time and energy into your engagement session it makes perfect sense to create a guest book. Its something that we take great pride in doing. The books are beautiful and are a great way to preserve the fun of the engagement session. The photos are fully edited and retouched. They are laid out in such a way that ample room is left for your guests to sign the book and enjoy the photos. This also allows the couple display the creativity of the engagement session to their family and friends, as well as, a unique keepsake of their engagement. It’s a little more fun than the old lined paper guestbook and feather pen!