At Imagine! Photography & Design we feel that having an engagement session is one of the most important steps in planning for your wedding day. 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. In all of our wedding packages we include a “Free” local session at one of the following parks; Yaddo Gardens, Saratoga State Park and Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. We also highly recommend our couples to “think outside the box” and choose a location that is different or has a special meaning to the couple. Some locations may have an additional “travel charge” but we encourage you to contact us to discuss your engagement session plans.
Having the opportunity to work with our couples and establishing a relationship is priceless! Learning more about our clients will give us the connection to personalize their wedding day images and give us the ability to capture images that truly show their personalities and love for each other. We spend about an hour with our couples, watching them, listening to them, having fun with them, getting to know them, and photographing them all at the same time. We take watch how they interact with each other, their individual personalities, and even their quirks.
You also have a chance to see how we (the photographers) work together and interact with you (the clients) well before the wedding day. This will give you the chance to discuss angles or types of photos that you may not particularly like. Having 17 years of experience we came to realize that all couples are different, they have different tastes, personalities and styles. When we photograph clients, we want the images to be a representation of them and not just something we decided to put together. Real life, real emotion and real couples in love.
Another advantage you might want to think of doing is having your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement images. This way you get to see a trial run on how your hair and makeup will look in photos and you can let your hair and makeup team know if there is anything you would like to change. We always believe that it is important to utilize a professional makeup artist for your engagement session and wedding day. We recommend the following teams and encourage clients to contact them for a consultation. Make me Fabulous and Flawless by Tina.
We promise our couples that once you see your engagement images, you will be excited about them and will have more confidence in yourselves and how you will look in photographs. On the wedding day you will look forward to having your photos taken, instead of dreading the thought of having a camera pointed at you all day.
Once you have your engagement images taken there are a million things you can do with them. They can be given, as gifts to the family, parents especially always appreciate photographs of their children. You can make a small album or a coffee table box for yourselves. Most clients order some sort of wall collage or portrait to hang on the wall in their new home. The most popular is having a Wedding Signature Book made using some of your favorite images from your session. This book is then displayed at the wedding where your guests can sign their name or write wedding advise to the newly weds. Also don’t forget about “Save the Date” magnets or postcards, they are always a big hit! Let us create a custom design for you! Parents can also send an engagement picture to your hometown newspaper to announce your engagement and coming wedding.
Recently we were asked to photograph a surprise engagement by a groom and helped in the planning process! We are definitely grateful in having the honor and opportunity to capture all of these special moments for our couples and absolutely LOVE what we do.
What ever you decide to do, just remember it all starts with your engagement! Imagine! what we can CREATE for YOU!