With a few exceptions, most people haven’t been photographed professionally many times in their lives. Being engaged is a really special time in your life, it’s the transition from couple to married couple. A great engagement session will show the connection that brought you together in your photos. As your wedding photographer this is a great time for us to get to know each other. You’ll get used to having your own personal paparazzi following you around and I’ll see the connection you have with your fiancé through the lens before your wedding day. If you’re a bit nervous about being photographed or have specific concerns about your appearance the engagement session is a good time to discuss. From a photographic standpoint, I can assess if you are a blinker, seem nervous in certain situations or favor a certain kind of pose. Couples that take the time to do an engagement session have a much easier time getting into the flow of the portraits on the wedding day and since sometimes time is at a premium on the wedding day this is really helpful. With the engagement session we can take out time, and you’ll both feel at ease with the process of being photographed.
Beyond that, it’s a really good excuse to pamper yourselves and have a fabulous date night when the session is done. Get your hair and makeup done (a great excuse for a trial run) and if your hubby to be wants some pampering how about a great shave at a premium barber? With the stress of wedding planning it’s a good idea to remember what being a couple was before you got caught up in the whirlwind of the wedding day itself. As for what to wear, check out some of my boards on Pinterest for pairing clothing and inspiration. Please note that engagement sessions are only offered Monday-Thursday. I do not do sessions on the weekends because Saturdays are reserved for weddings and Sundays are reserved for my family . The only exception to this rule is if you live out of state and will only be back for a limited amount of time prior to your wedding. I will do Saturdays during the winter months if one is available. The best time of day for sessions is just near sunset or sunrise. This gets you the beautiful sunlight photos that you are looking for. The timing on this can depend on the time of the year! In general in the winter months this is going to be around 4-5PM and in the summer months around 7-8 PM and fall 6-7PM. Sessions generally take about an hour to 90 minutes and are offered in Sioux Falls. If you’re interested in a session outside of Sioux Falls I’m happy to provide a travel quote. I make every effort to do the photographs on the day they are scheduled. In the event of weather being uncooperative I will contact you to reschedule as soon as it becomes apparent that it’s not a suitable day for photographs. A week or two after your session your photos will be online for you to view for a period of 10 days. You can purchase prints or digital files from the session during that time. I’ll email you all the details about that when your session is available. I’m looking forward to your session!