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Why you should do an engagement session

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When considering booking an engagement session, you may be asking yourself: 

“Do we really need to do this? I’m already dreading getting in front of the camera for the wedding and we already have a ton of photos together. Maybe we can just skip the whole engagement photoshoot thing.”

I get it— getting in front of the camera is not the most naturally comfortable thing for everyone. If you happen to be someone that doesn’t feel like you’re going to throw up a little in your mouth when you hear that you have to get your photo taken, then GOOD FOR YOU! If you’re like the rest of us, I feel you. That is exactly why you NEED to get in front of the camera before your wedding day.

So, when was the last time you got professional photos taken? It’s probably been a while and all I have to say is, NOW is the time! 

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Doing an engagement session gives you guys the opportunity to have some camera time! It’s scary— I KNOW! And like, why would you put yourself through that twice?! This is the thing: I do not want you stressed about the photography part of your wedding day [I actually don’t want you stressed about ANYTHING, but this part is my job!] and there's really no better way to face that fear than to do a trial-run session before your big day! By the end of the engagement session, you are going to be a thousand times more comfortable in front of the camera! You’ll have a better idea of what to expect on your wedding day, how it feels to have a camera in your face, and what works and what doesn’t work for you guys. I promise you that you will leave your session feeling so much more confident and comfortable and overall more prepared for the most important day of your lives [so far]! 

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Also ask yourself, how many photos can you guys realistically use of you wearing freaking formal attire? If the only professional photos that you have of you two were taken in a wedding gown and a suit, you’re going to be limited on photos to print out and hang on the wall or share on social media [you don’t want to be THAT person that is reposting the same wedding photo 2 years later because that's all you have. Also, anniversary photos sessions are a great idea, but let's chat about that in a year or so :)]. Photos of the two of you in casual clothes, playing with and loving on each other, are simply priceless; you really can't have enough of them. It’s probably a super crazy, sometimes nerve-wracking, time for you as you guys are working to pull everything together for the big day. You really deserve to take a step back and capture these memories so you can look back on it all years from now and remember how exciting it all felt!

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A note from Brittney + Ressie [pictured above] : “As our wedding day was approaching, we couldn’t wait to hang out with Stephanie again. All those nerves that we had in the beginning of our engagement shoot were completely gone. We were so excited to get back in front of that camera because we knew it would be so much fun again. She helped us so much during the engagement shoot and we really got to know one another. She was now not only our wedding photographer, she was our friend. After our engagement shoot, Ressie said “Even if we were awkward and you can tell in the pictures, it was such a great experience and so much fun!”. We knew it would only benefit us for the wedding day. I am so glad we chose to do the engagement shoot and really got to know each other. Of course our engagement photos are beautiful because Stephanie is AMAZING! On our wedding day when she walked in my door, I was so happy. We felt so comfortable during the entire process and knew we could be ourselves around her. Seriously no judgment at all (love her for that). My bridal party and family couldn’t say enough good things about her and they are so excited for the pictures. I am so glad we did the engagement shoot and were able to feel so relaxed on our wedding day. It made such a huge difference and the experience so much better. Although my husband now thinks he’s some sort of model - thank you for that Stephanie hahahaha! You are so great to work with and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. You are so much fun and so laid back. You made this experience so wonderful for us and we can’t thank you enough!”

Kate + Eric | Devils Pool, Wissahickon, Philadelphia | Anniversary Session

Deana + Drew | Terrain Cafe | Glen Mills Pennsylvania

“We want to start this by giving a huge thank you to Stephanie and Madison for photographing our wedding. From our very first meeting, we knew Stephanie had the right vision and style for the rustic Terrain wedding we were planning. Stephanie stayed in touch during the planning process which made us feel supported up until the big day. The morning of the wedding both girls fit right in at our parent's houses, capturing the feel of family and excitement. Our first look was arranged perfectly and we truly cannot wait to see our pictures to relive the entire day. Stephanie was incredibly professional but at the same time had us laughing throughout the day.  Both sides of the wedding party commented on how much of a perfect fit she was. Stephanie, you really exceeded our expectations and we really cannot thank you enough! We highly recommend Stephanie as a wedding photographer. She was incredible! xoxo, Deana and Drew”

-Deana C