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How Important is an Engagement Session, really?

Engagement Portrait by Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Ben Rasmussen Photography

Many times when meeting with a couple planning their wedding, I've been asked how important an engagement session really is. Usually, the couples would love to have some engagement portraits to display at their wedding reception or include in their guest book, but may see this as a luxury and an acceptable sacrifice to help stretch their wedding budget further.

Personally, I love shooting engagement sessions. It's a great way for me to get to know the two of you a little better. I get to see how you two interact and get a better feel for your personalities and how comfortable you are in front of the camera. All of this will help me get even better photos on your wedding day.

But the real benefit of the engagement session isn't for me--it's for you! All of the things I list above are true for you, too. You get to know me, my personality and my shooting style a little better. An engagement session is an opportunity for you to get used to being in front of the camera which will help you to feel more comfortable on your wedding day.

Your comfort level on your wedding day is the main benefit of having an engagement session. How you feel on your wedding day will be captured by my camera, so an engagement session can directly improve your wedding photos!

Lastly, engagement sessions are fun! We'll walk around, talk, joke and make some great portraits capturing this unique time in your relationship.

It's for all of these reasons that every one of my wedding photography packages include a complimentary engagement session.

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