Why Should I Have an Engagement Session
Many wedding photographers offer engagement sessions along with wedding photography. It is no coincidence that engagement sessions go hand in hand with wedding photography. Engagement sessions are very valuable to couples about to get married. Often, many couples are not convinced about the value of a professional engagement session and come up with reasons to not have engagement photos taken. Some of the reasons are: we already sent out our save the dates, we already have a lot of photos together, we don’t know what we would do with the engagement photos after the session. Even though those are valid concerns when deciding against an engagement session, it is also important to know all of the benefits of an engagement session.
Most of us never had a chance to work with a professional photographer and if we did it might have only been in a studio setting without our significant other. Even seeing a photographer working at a wedding might only give you a partial picture of how much a couple actually works with the photographer to capture those stunning images. Engagement session gives you an opportunity to experience what it will be like taking photos on your wedding day without the hustle and stress that a wedding can bring. During your engagement session you will get to know the photographer better and they will get to know you and your personality.
Most of us are not professional models and not everyone is comfortable being in front of a camera. An engagement session is a great way to experience being in front of a camera and becoming more comfortable taking numerous photos. The more confident you become taking these photos, the easier it will be for your photographer to capture the romance and sparks that the two of you share. During the session you can practice different poses and styles so when you are short on time during your wedding you will know what photos are important to you. Having this additional experience working with your photographer will help reduce the stress that you might experience during your wedding and should help you be more confident about the quality and type of images that you will receive.
While you are limited by location choices and time on your wedding day, during your engagement session you can go to wherever your heart desires. You can relive the memories of your engagement, go back to a place that is special to you, go out on a date, take a stroll in the park, or simply relax in the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are endless and the photos and memories you create will be special to the two of you. You won’t be under the stress of a wedding and if the weather does not cooperate you can reschedule your session and still receive personal photos that will capture the love you share.
An engagement session can also be a great opportunity to see how your hair and makeup will look in your wedding photos. There is nothing worse than receiving your wedding photos and seeing that your hair and makeup did not come out as you wished for. To make the most out of your engagement session, go ahead and schedule your hair and makeup trial the same day. You won’t only receive beautiful images of you and your fiancé, but you will also be confident that your hair and makeup will look fabulous on your wedding day.
By having an engagement session, you won’t miss out on a great opportunity to get to know your photographer before your big day. With the confidence you’ll gain during the session, you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you anxiously await your wedding.
Guest Post-Wedding Monogram: Why Brides Should Have It
Every wedding is unique and special. While you are preparing your dream wedding and searching for the perfect dress, you might want to consider having your own wedding monogram.
What is a wedding monogram? A wedding monogram is a two-letter graphic using both of your initials. By having a wedding monogram, you bring more of your identity to the wedding. This makes it more personalized than the normal lettering on a invitation design. Wedding monogram can be used on almost anything. For example, you can have your first dance lit up with your monogram, you can use it on your “save the date”, the wedding invitation suite, and even on the wedding favors and more! The only limit is your imagination.
At Chykalophia Store, I’ve designed 14 different wedding monograms in five different wedding themes. The pre-designed monograms will help you determine which is the right monogram for you based on your personality/preference or your wedding theme. A custom wedding monogram is also available by request.
When the wedding is over you can use your monogram for your signature in letters or cards. Not only does it add a nice personal touch, it’s also a sign of unity of you and your love one. And the best thing is since it’s yours from the very beginning, your friends and family will immediately recognize the monogram whenever they get a mail from you and it will give them a little flashback from your wedding.
Sample of a personalized monogram used at a wedding.