One of the first things that the pre-made lists will tell you as soon as you’re engaged is that it’s time for engagement photos! Especially if, like me, you grew up with the traditional and stiff version of engagement sessions. You know, the ones where everyone is out in a random park and cheesing for all they’re worth, you might be wondering “why the hell would I do that?” Luckily, we no longer live in a time of uncomfortable and awkward photo sessions. And sure, you can send out awesome and adorable photos of you and your beloved with an announcement, but there are also a ton of other great reasons to have an engagement session.

I know the world is an utter hellscape right now, but that’s even MORE reason to have an engagement session! Finding pockets of joy is vital, especially right now, and all of mine are done with that goal in mind. During the pandemic, I’m following all CDC recommendations and will be masked at all my sessions, will be keeping at least six feet away from you at all times, and will be using hand sanitizer.

For 60-90 minutes, let’s leave the outside world behind and focus on you two and your love. Let’s focus on the fact that love isn’t canceled.

Why You Should Have an Engagement Session

1) You end up with fantastic and lovely photos of the two of you! And if you’re like most of my couples, this is the first time you’ve ever had photos taken together. So at the very least, you’ll end up with photos of you that you want to show off in your house and on social media. Your loved ones love seeing you happy, so share the photos with them!

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2) They’re a great icebreaker for you and your photographer! You’re going to be spending a LOT of time with your photographer on the wedding day and you may have not even met them in real life yet! This is exactly why all of my wedding photography packages come with a session. At the very least, I want to hang out with you in real life and show you both that yes, I’m a real person! And, someone who is SO excited to capture your relationship and your love in photographs.

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3) They’re fantastic practice for the wedding day itself! You’ve gotten to know your photographer, now see how they work and see how you work with them. By the time the wedding rolls around, this whole system will be a piece of cake! Trust me, you’ll have an easier time being yourself in front of the camera.

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4) And best of all, they’re actually fun! I look at engagement sessions {or any kind of session, honestly} as bonding time between you and your beloved. You’ll feel a little silly, make some jokes, say sweet things to each other, and maybe kiss and cuddle a little. It’s sure to spurn inside jokes for years to come! And, it will make you feel even closer to that fantastic person you’re marrying.

Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and completely awesome wedding day. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, Dahlonega and beyond, documenting love. Get in touch to plan your personalized engagement session!

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