for those of you who over the past year have been keeping up with the wedding chronicles, you might have wondered where i went for the past couple of months. well, i went right into the busiest part of wedding planning, that’s where i was! as such i neglected my posts but am choosing to catch up now. and even though we are now happily married (for two whole weeks in fact – wooh!), better late than never. 🙂 thank you for joining us on this journey!
decision #25 – the engagement session
after we decided on our photographers for the wedding, the next step with them was to schedule our engagement session. now, i originally had no desire whatsoever to do an engagement photo shoot, and many of you probably are asking “why?” well, i personally have never loved getting my photo taken, and the thought of being dragged around for hours and being placed and posed for lovey-dovey photos by someone we don’t know sounded quite undesirable in all honesty. however, many former brides in my life told me that my reasons for not wanting an engagement session are the reasons exactly why we should have an engagement session. come again?
see, everyone’s logic (that i ended up accepting as truth after going through it all myself) was that the engagement session is an opportunity to get comfortable with your photographers and start getting to know them. after all, they do follow you around your entire wedding day, so developing a relationship with them isn’t a bad idea. another reason an engagement session is worth the while is because it provides a chance for you and your significant other to get used to being all “lovey-dovey” in front of a camera and having someone there to capture that moment. okay, i guess i can get on board with that reason as well. and the final reason? well, for us it was included in the cost, so why the heck not.
so back in november one early saturday morning we met up with our main photographer lisa at ponce city market. pcm wasn’t too crowded just yet, so lisa worked with us quickly to take advantage of the typically busy and bustling scenery. the first several photos on the staircase, as it would turn out, were a bit awkward. i more so than phillip really didn’t understand how to pose and be cuddly with someone else there, and i wasn’t crazy about the first probably 20 photos in the portfolio, which is exactly what worried me in the first place.
thankfully, though, i’d say we hit a better spot as we walked along the beltline and acted more naturally towards each other. those photos i could look at all day.
and then we had some more close-up, intimate shots now that we were in a bit of a groove. i think phillip favored these more than me, but i’ll admit there are several i do like.
my absolute favorites are from when after we had an outfit change and were now really enjoying ourselves. mm, what a good looking pair!
all in all, i’d say that even though i was first very skeptical about the engagement session, phillip and our photographer helped me see the value and fun in it. and even though i wasn’t too sure about the results at first, i have come to love these high quality results and the sweet moments they captured.