Do you know what the most common thing said to me at engagement sessions is?
“That was way more fun that I thought it would be!”
The second most common thing?
The latter is worth addressing, because we can never get to the former if you think you are doing something wrong. I always tell my couples that there are no rules when it comes to engagement sessions, that we write them as we go. After dozens of engagement sessions, I can say with certainty that these are the three most common “rules” of a KLP engagement session.
1.) The first rule of the engagement session? Don’t talk about the engagement session. Please plan and get ready and be excited, but don’t treat it like it’s something larger than life–it is just going to be a walk and talk amongst friends (and one of those friends just happen to have a camera). Do not allow yourself to be psyched out by it, as there is no way to mess this up.
2.) No apologies are necessary for anything, ever. I will give wrong directions (I will say left, but I will mean YOUR left for example). Something will be misunderstood. It’s all good and all expected, so no worries. That’s one of the beautiful things about digital–anything can be deleted and redone, no problems, no questions asked.
3.) Think of this as practice. The beauty of the engagement session is that it is really just pre-gaming for your wedding day. You don’t have to wait until the day itself to know how pictures will happen or how your photographer is going to go about their business. It is such a great opportunity for us to get down to business before we actually get down to business. Like a dress rehearsal for a play or batting practice for baseball, the engagement session gives you a go at it before it’s the real deal.
If we can play by these non-rules, we will have the best time capturing this amazing time in your lives!