1. Why should I do an engagement session?
There are a plethora of reasons to have an engagement session. Firstly, because it’s the best way to break the ice with your photographer, and assure that you look more comfortable on your wedding photos. It will give you the chance to see how we work and we will be able to see what poses make you guys feel the most comfortable. Engagement photos are also used to send out “save the date” cards, print canvases for your wedding reception, create slide shows to be played on your wedding day and many other uses. In addition to all that, engagement photos are a classy way to announce your wedding plans. Much better than just posting on Facebook. Please keep in mind that engagement sessions are a complimentary service we “gift” to you. It is our way of saying thank you for trusting in us or your wedding day. And therefore, not choosing to use this “gift” will not reduce the cost of your wedding package.
2. What if we don’t live in Savannah and we can’t come to you for an engagement session?
Well, don’t worry about that! A few couples every year fly me to their cities and we capture their engagement session there. I normally only stay one night at a hotel which clients provide. Along with air fare and a $450 travel fee.
3. When should we have the engagement session?
We advise couples to have their session at least 6 months before the wedding. Sessions are only available on weekdays.
4. What should we wear?
Engagement sessions are a great excuse to go shopping. We can suggest outfits to you and give you some tips such as: wear neutral colors, try to find colors that will complement each others outfits and not match each others outfits. Another great tip is to get your hair and make up trial done on the day of the engagement session. Click here for a full blog post on what to wear!
5. We are very shy in front of the cameras, can you help us?
Of course! It is our job to make you feel at ease in front of our cameras and we will do our best to deliver wedding photos that make you look comfortable. Please read this blog post on posing and it will help you get a better idea of what to expect from us.
6. Will you help us find a location?
Of course! We are very familiar with Savannah and we love taking couples to Forsyth park, Jones St, Tybee Island and Wormsloe.
7. How many outfits should I bring?
We normally suggest just one outfit. If you have a practical way of getting changed then a second outfit can be accommodated. A great way to do this is by using layers. This is a great way to achieve variety on your photos.
8. How long do the sessions last?
Most sessions are around one hour long.
9. Can we bring our parents, kids, dogs, props?
We advise against bringing any of those! As you can see from our work, our engagement sessions rarely include anything other than the couples. This allows us to concentrate on photographing just you guys and capturing your love. However sometimes it is great to have them thee but mostly not.
10. When do we receive the photos?
Most of our engagement sessions are shot on film and we are limited by the delivery time of our lab. The estimated time for delivery is four weeks. The rush order fee is $100 and will shorten the delivery window to one week.
11. Why should I print my photos with you?
Why not? It only makes sense to print your photos with the artist who created them. We will take the utmost care with our own work and we only use the best labs in the nation. Using Groupon or other low end printing choices will lead to prints that may look nothing like what you see on your computer screen. We have had many clients call us asking for printing help because they need to print a canvas for their reception but their Groupon prints are taking months to arrive from low end labs in China. Don’t make the same mistakes.
Thank you reading the Engagement Session FAQ article. Go to our General Wedding FAQ post for more information about how to prepare for your photo sessions. I also have other posts that can help you in your wedding preparations. Check out My List of The Best Savannah Wedding Vendors, 12 Wedding Traditions You Should Know About, Curious Wedding Facts From Around the Globe and many others!