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There are many reasons it is important to take engagement photos once you have become engaged. An engagement session with your photographer is without a doubt one of the greatest services you and your fiancé can take advantage of prior to your wedding. As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is a valuable tool every couple should utilize or insist upon. Some couples may feel it's a waste of time or is not necessary, however there are many valuable reasons why you will benefit from utilizing this opportunity.

First book your wedding photographer, once you have done so, go get your engagement pictures taken right away. The closer you get to your wedding the less time you find you have to accomplish all that needs to get done. Make sure if possible to use the photographer who will be photographing your wedding. This is the first and probably the most important reason to get your engagement pictures taken.

Establishing a relationship with your photographer long before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding images.
I spend about an hour or two with my couples watching them, listening to them, having fun with them, getting to know them, and photographing them all at the same time.

I take note of how they interact with each other, their individual personalities, and even their quirks, all of this will help me to capture and photograph images on the wedding day that are unique to that couple.

The other benefit is you get to know your photographer and see how he works and you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding.

I can promise you once you see your engagement images and you are excited about them, you will have more confidence and on the wedding day you will look forward to having your picture taken, instead of dreading the thought of having a camera pointed at you all day.

Once you have your engagement images there are many things you can do with them. Save the date magnet, invitation, wall print collage to display at the wedding and an Engagement Sign-in Book with your favorite images to have you family and friends sign.

You can send an engagement picture to your hometown newspaper to announce your marriage. This is usually important to your parents.

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to get creative, go out with your photographer, have some fun and create some art. At the end of the day you are the ones who win.

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