Looking back, I must say I’m so happy we decided to take engagement photos! Not only do we have beautiful photographs to show for it, but we were able to learn a lot from the photo shoot that will definitely be beneficial to us on our wedding day!
We got to build a rapport with our wedding photographer, Patrick Somma of Fantasy Flash. He got to know a little more about us and a sense of what sort of couple we are. At the same time we got to know him. Aside from just asking why do you like photographing weddings or how long have you been in the business, we also learned where he grew up and some of his interests and hobbies.
Just by getting to know Patrick, it helped us ease up in front of the camera. John and I can both be a bit camera shy, so this engagement shoot was a great warm up for the big day. It was also good practice taking directions from our photographer on how to pose, even if it felt uncomfortable or too scripted at the time. Of course, he knows what he is doing and the photographs came out amazing. Sorry, I doubted you, Patrick!
I also learned that the weather and animals don’t always cooperate. Despite the extra hair spray, the wind managed to toss my hair every which way! At first I was stressing about it, but then I just forgot about it and went with the flow. I’m glad we were also able to include my dog in the photo shoot, but it was sometimes challenging to get him to look a certain way especially when he’s distracted by the birds or other people.
Overall we had a great time and our advice to couples that are considering whether or not to do an engagement photo shoot, go for it!
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