Arizona desert engagement portraits
When many engaged couples first dive into planning their wedding, engagement portraits are high on their to-do list. That's why I share so many blog posts about engagement photos -- subjects like what to wear for your engagement portraits, when to schedule them, where to take them, and how to use the images afterward. That's not even counting the pretty engagement photos I like to share! But there is one crucial topic that these posts don't address: WHO takes them. Here are three reasons that I hope you'll have your wedding photographer take your engagement photos:

1 -- Get to know your photographer
Your wedding photographer is so much more than just a photo-taking automaton! They are a person who will be near you for HOURS on your wedding day, capturing special moments and unique details, witnessing and documenting one of the most significant and emotional days of your life. The fact of the matter is, if you don't have a decent rapport with your photographer, things have the potential to get uncomfortable. An engagement session gives you the chance to spend productive time with your photographer. Use this opportunity to get to know them and build a connection!
ASU campus engagement portraits
ASU campus engagement portraits
2 -- Grow more comfortable working with your photographer
So many people clam up and feel awkward when a camera is pointed in their direction! If you're one of those people who gets tense and uncomfortable in front of the lens, don't fear! Once you have a chance to work with your photographer and relax into the process, you'll be amazed at how natural you can feel! You'll also get to know the way your photographer communicates, and become familiar with their methods of shooting and posing. By the time your wedding rolls around, you'll feel like a pro!
cozy engagement portraits at home
cozy engagement portraits at home
3 -- Gain trust in your finished photography
The photography can take up a significant portion of your wedding budget. Not only is it a major investment, but you won't even get to examine the finished product until after the wedding has passed. Talk about scary! You've probably seen samples and galleries from your photographer's past work, but many couples still have trouble imagining what their OWN photos could look like. Taking engagement portraits with your wedding photographer is a great way to ease your mind! After you see your engagement portraits, you'll have a much clearer idea of the kind of images your photographer can create for you. This will help you to relax and feel confident that you will love your wedding photos as well!

Your engagement portraits are one of the ways that you'll remember and cherish this brief time of your life. But they're ALSO a wonderful way to connect with your wedding photographer, get comfortable working with them, and gain confidence in your finished wedding photography. That's why (if it's possible), I really hope that you'll choose to have your engagement photos taken by the person who will also be shooting your wedding!

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There IS one best person who should take your engagement portraits!
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