Wohoo!! So you're significant other finally popped the question! You're filled with excitement planning your big day, telling your friends & family members and probably organizing a board on pinterest with all of your wedding favorites and tips. Maybe your special someone isn't a fan of pictures or you'd like to save some money and have a friend take some pictures with their cellphone, here are some reasons why you should hire a professional photographer and have your engagement portraits taken!
1. You'll get sweet photos of yourself.
But seriously. Who doesn't like some sweet new photos you can post on social media?! New profile picture? I think so.
2. It'll give you the chance to reconnect.
Wedding planning can get stressful. Engagement portraits are the opportunity to get all snuggly with your person! I love a good romantic shot.
3. You'll be more comfortable in front of the camera on your wedding day.
This one is a biggie. It's pretty common for men to be uncomfortable in front of the camera or to dread a session. But once meeting your photographer it's usually way more relaxed than you expected. It's fun and really not bad at all! You won't be nervous about posing on your wedding day together if you've had your portraits taken together previously.
4. It's the chance to see how your wedding photographer works.
Your wedding photographer follows you around a lot on your wedding day. It's much more comfortable if you feel like you know their personality and how they work.
5. Engagement Announcements/ Save The Dates
6. Wedding Decor
There are so many cute ways you could use your engagement portraits as wedding decor! Seriously, the possibilities are endless! A photo guestbook is one of my favorites! Also, any reason to buy a cute picture frame from tj maxx makes me happy.
7. Home Decor
Have some memories to hang on your walls!
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But why do you want a professional for this? Quality. Professional DSLR cameras provide high quality & High-Resolution images you can print large without distortion and a professional photographer has experience with posing, lighting as well as editing.
Rachel and Michael got married on December 2nd 2017 at The White Barn in Prospect, PA. The charming white barn was perfect for their winter wedding! I knew I was going to absolutely love their wedding when Rachel told me they loved moody, romantic images and would be having the theme colors of deep burgundy and mixed metals!
Rachel and Michael had a first look before their ceremony. A few quiet moments together by the lake, in a gazebo. I'm so glad they took this extra time which allowed for more portraits of just the two of them before the early, winter sunset.
Kyleen and Jay had their wedding ceremony at The Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh on October 28th 2017 with their reception held closely in Pittsburgh at the Solider's & Sailors Museum. To say I liked this wedding and both of it's locations would be an understatement. I loooved them! Heinz Chapel Church is seriously gorgeous. They don't make buildings and churches like they used to!
Kyleen's dress had long lace sleeves with a silk train and a low cut front. It felt like the perfect match of vintage and modern.
Style: Blush, Moody, Romantic, Elegant.
We chose Yellow Creek State Park in Penn Run PA for Emily & Bryon's engagement session. I shot my very first wedding there many years ago and havn't been there since. I had forgotten just how large it is! The water looked so blue with the perfect blue sky reflecting off of it. I had so much fun exploring the park with Emily & Bryon for their engagemnt portraits..I can't wait until their fall wedding at the Indiana County Club next year!
Allyson and Kelbi had a destination wedding in Jamaica with their immediate friends and family. Afterwards, they celebrates with a wedding reception at the Barn on the Ridge, back home. The theme of their wedding reception was baseball! It was so much fun! They had softball and peanut centerpieces, popcorn and uhh nachos & cheese at the buffet! Good stuff!
I think it's important for a photographer or any creative artist to occasionally create something just for themselves. When I started photography back in 2008, I would take pictures of my grandmother's garden and everything that flew by it. Every butterfly, every bug. I was amazed that everything had a purpose and I began to think so deeply about everything. I've decided to start shooting these sorts of things again.
I absolutely love foggy mornings or the fog that rises through the hills after a good rain, water driplets sliding down your windshield, the golden haze as the sun is setting and the way a crik feels against your bare feet. I love being outside and everything about it!