For most couples, an engagement session is their first experience working with their wedding photographer. So, the true benefit is about establishing trust between the couple and the photographer. As an artist, it's a chance for them to get to know you and for you to learn more about them, the way they interact and the dynamics of their relationship.
Joe Buissink has often talked about how, after an engagement session, when he walks in on the day of the wedding, he's already an established friend. The bride and groom are excited to see him. Remember, in the stress of the wedding day, a neutral, friendly face is what the couple needs most. A great engagement session will produce great images, give you a chance to know your clients better and best of all, get them comfortable with you!
To see more of William's work, visit his website. He was also recently featured in a Photodex Spotlight Profile for "Building Your Business."
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I love engagement sessions because I get to hang out with clients in a relaxed environment. Compared to the fast pace of a wedding day - engagement sessions are usually slower paced and structured. They often require shooting images at multiple locations throughout the session.
That's why I love my Lumix mirrorless gear for engagement sessions. It's light, small and compact. I can easily fit my camera, flash and 4 to 5 lens in a small bag and be totally mobile. Such was the case on this shoot.
We shot on a 17 acre estate and moved around quite a bit. I used my Lumix GH4 and a couple of my favorite lens, including the LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 - which I used to capture the clients dog - Butkus.