Pam and Kyle are a great example of our main purpose for throwing in free engagement sessions into all our packages… getting to know our couples better!
We first met with Pam and Kyle about 4 months ago for about an hour, which is hardly enough time to spend with someone to get to know their personalities, their style, what relaxes them during pictures, and which side is their best side! There’s nothing worse than a couple of strangers hovering over your shoulder while you read private notes from the love of your life on your wedding day, or getting all up in your face with a camera while you’re crying with your dad while he’s getting ready to walk his little girl down the aisle.
It’s so much better to have one of your friends show up, who gets all excited with you about how beautiful your bouquet turned out… who then turns around to snap a few quick shots of your best friend’s face when she see’s you for the first time in your wedding dress… who also happens to be the professional photographer that you hired.
That’s what we aim to be. We want to be the friend who’s enjoying your whole day with you, while capturing the genuine emotion of it all, rather than the person who shows up when you’re about to get your dress on and makes you feel like you have to stop telling stories about your aunt’s hilarious antics at the rehearsal dinner last night, so you can stop and smile at the camera. Lame.
Not to mention, the second a stranger puts your a camera in your face, you’re bound to freeze up and lose the moment. But when a friend does it, you’re a lot more likely to live it up and just be excited that this wonderful moment is being frozen in time forever! That’s how we get pictures of bride’s looking right at the camera and laughing while they attempt to pick a wedgie in their wedding dress (of course that photo only goes public if they want it to)!
My point with all of this, is that it takes a lot of time with someone to build a relationship so we were totally glad that Pam and Kyle were up to go grab some coffee with us before their session. By the time we were following them around, shoving cameras into their faces, they seemed much more relaxed, plus we knew how to make them smile a little bit more to bring them out of their shells even more (you can judge for yourselves by clicking to see the rest of their engagement photos)!
We consider engagement sessions practice for the wedding day, so if this was any indication about how Pam and Kyle’s wedding is going to go… we have a lot to look forward to! Thanks guys, we had a great time hanging out with you!
Click to see the rest of Pam and Kyle’s Tempe, Arizona engagement photo session!