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Why are engagement sessions such a big deal?

January 16, 2020

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If you follow me on social media at all, you’ll know that I am a firm believer that engagement sessions are so important. I’m pretty obsessed with them. Not only are they important for YOU, they are super important for your photographer as well. Having an engagement session prior to your wedding day is a must for me. So much so, that I offer complimentary engagement sessions to couples that book a full day wedding collection with me.

So why exactly are engagement sessions so important? Read on, friend.

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1. You get to have photos taken in a stress-free environment

Weddings, no matter how hard we try, have an element of stress that is unavoidable. Even if you have the most laid back, well planned day, the last thing you want is to meet the people responsible for making it all run smoothly the day of.

In order for me to get the types of images you see in my portfolio, you need to feel comfortable with me. I make stupid jokes to get you to laugh, but I also give you some prompts that are meant to make you feel vulnerable. That’s hard to do when you haven’t eaten in 5 hours and all you want to do is get to cocktail hour so you can eat a damn coconut shrimp.

During your engagement session, really all you have to do is relax and enjoy being with your beau. It’s like a date, but you get awesome photos out of it. Win-win.

2. Establish your expectations

Maybe you realize halfway through your engagement session that you really don’t like to kiss on camera, or your fianc√© is super self conscious of the way their hair looks from a certain angle. It’s way better to let me know all of these things now, when we have time to see what DOES work for you, rather than on the wedding day when are on a more strict timeline.

This also gives you time before the wedding to see what the actual wedding photos might look like. I’ll be honest…I ask you to do stuff that feels awkward AF, but looks GREAT on camera. I want you to see the engagement images and think ‘omg she was right, that’s actually really cute’. That way, when I have you do something similar on the wedding day, you’re already familiar with what the outcome will be.

3. Get to know your photographer

Probably the most obvious reason engagement sessions are so important is so that we can get to know one another before the wedding day. Like I said above, you might realize you like or do not like certain things about having your photo taken, and I need to know that! Likewise, you’ll get to hear a bit about WHY I photograph things the way I do.

Before you book your photographer, you should have spoken to them a time or two and made sure your personalities match, but this is the true test. Does this person make you feel comfortable? If not, what can they do to FIX that? This is the time to figure that out together.

4. It’s a time to just enjoy being engaged.

Wedding planning is stressful as hell. I 100% get it. Think of your engagement session as a time to just reconnect and enjoy being engaged. Dress up, get your hair and makeup done, make dinner reservations for after your shoot, and spend an hour or so remembering WHY you’re marrying this person.

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I hope this helped you understand why I am so obsessed with engagement sessions.

If you want to see some of my favorite engagement images, click here!

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ABOUT Alyssa

At home near the sea. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

Growing up, photos always fascinated me.  I was raised to be inquisitive, ask questions, and appreciate history.  What better way to peak someone's interest than with a photograph?  

I always thought I would end up in the pages of Vogue (though I still hope!), but after the tragic loss of my mother, I turned to wedding photography on a whim and fell in love with the energy that can only be found when two people decide on forever.  The overwhelming joy, nostalgia, and attention to detail captured my heart in 2012, and I never looked back.

I squeeze clients meetings in between nap times, and I drive my kids to school and daycare only to run into meetings with designers, florists, and beautiful clients before racing back to gather them back up again. The most amazing part, is that I feel most alive in this environment. Wedding days are chaotic, just like parenting.  Couples and families require empathy and genuine care, just like my children.  

I expertly navigate your wedding from my extensive experience in this industry, and what this offers you is the peace of mind on your wedding day to relax and enjoy what you have created. Booking with Alyssa Morgan Photography allows you to sit back, enjoy your party, and trust that every part of the day is going to be handled with ease, grace, and a whole lot of laughter along the way.

Adventurer.  Traveler.  Mother.

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