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Why you need an Engagement Session

January 19, 2021


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I'm Ashley. I'm the person that captures the stories you want to remember forever.

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“I could conquer the world with one hand as long as you’re holding the other.”
– Lauren Alaina⁠
Couples hand's during engagement session

If you follow me on social media you know that I talk about this all of the time…BUT I cannot stress enough how important engagement sessions actually are. And to show you, here are just a few of the reasons why.

Couple on bridge during their engagement session.

1. It’s the perfect time to get to know your photographer. You get to see what it’s like to work with them and if your personalities mesh well. ⁠

Seriously, if you can’t picture yourself wanting to be friends in real life find someone else. You are literally going to spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than you will anyone else. It’s important to feel comfortable. ⁠⠀

If you really can’t make an engagement session work I highly encourage a face-to-face meeting. It’s really important to know who you are working with!⠀

couple sitting in the woods for their engagement session.

2. Honestly, some people just really hate photos. As much as you may hate it practicing before your wedding day really makes the whole day much smoother. They know what to expect and already understand how the photographer gives direction.⁠ On top of that, it gives your photographer time to learn what you are and are not comfortable with.

Photo of a couple during their engagement session.

3. It’s the perfect time to test out your wedding day makeup. This is important especially if you aren’t used to wearing makeup. You get to see how it photographs and if you actually like it. Imagine going through your whole wedding day just to get the photos back and decide you hate the color of lipstick you chose. ⁠⠀

Photo collage of couple and ring during engagement session.

4. You are in control and you can do whatever you want. Bonus for not having to make do if there is rain or snow the day of.

I always suggest going to a place that is meaningful to the couple. Parks, coffee shops, fishing, lakes, doing something you love during your engagement session makes for wonderful photos.⁠⠀

Silhouette of a couple during engagement session.

5. It’s just another awesome opportunity to have professional photos of you and the person you love the most! And if that isn’t reason enough I don’t know what is.

Questions about engagement session? Fill out my contact form and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

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More Than Just a Photographer

As a mom and a business owner, I understand the power of a moment, the story behind a smile. Photography for me is a bridge – connecting hearts, capturing the unspoken. It’s about creating an experience that’s as enjoyable as the final product. Your ideas, your story, your essence – I’m here to bring them to life through my lens.


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