August 6, 2020 /
Engagement Photography Misconceptions Pt. 2
Welcome back friends! A few weeks ago we started a new blog series about engagement photography misconceptions. You might remember part 1, where we chitchatted about needing more than 15 minutes and 1 photo from a session. Well today, we’re deep diving into engagement photography misconceptions Pt 2: Engagement Photos are overrated and the whole experience is going to be awful.
Wait – what?! Did we actually call out the people who think their photo time is going to be awful?!
Heck yes we did!! Because here’s the thing….a good chunk of you (mostly male), don’t look forward to taking photos. And if we’re being honest? We get it. Surprisingly enough we actually fall into this camp too. Which may or may not be why it took us 7 years to have our own engagement photos done! Yikes, friends, don’t be like us.
So why do people dread having their photos taken so much?
Odds are at some point you’ve had a not great experience with a photographer. Whether it was the super-fake-posey family photographer your mom hired a few years ago, or the super-cheesy and over the top senior portrait photographer that did your senior photos, someone has likely rubbed you the wrong way. The crappy thing about that is that photographers have a bad reputation for that.
Or… TBH – maybe you’re a little self conscious about something. A lot of people have their “not best” sides or features that they HATE having photographed. And if a photographer doesn’t ask if there’s anything you’re self conscious or worried about for your photos? You won’t know to bring it up. Which means when you got those last photos done? They were definitely not your favorite.
The good thing?
And the thing that’s hard to keep in mind sometimes? Not all photographers are the same. Especially in 2020. Having your photo taken can be an absolute blast. And it will likely be unlike any experience you’ve had with a photographer before.
Your boo-thang will be right by your side.
Which we know instantly makes everything better. It means you’re not stuck doing something brand new on your own. You can lean on each other.
Photography has changed immensely over the years.
Engagement photos used to be super-posed and stuffy and formal. Luckily, now engagement sessions are full of laughter and giggles, games and happiness.
Photos just turn out better when you’ve loosened up and are fun.
Which means that your photographer will likely do anything and everything in their power to help ensure that happens. We WANT you to LOVE your photos, friends!
It’s going to make your honey so incredibly happy to get these photos back.
Odds are you two have never had photos taken together before, professionally. And when you get your photos back? Friends. It’s going to make both of you so incredibly happy to have something to share with your friends and family that you both LOVE AND look amazing in.
Engagement photos are a GREAT trial run with your wedding photographer.
It gives you and your honey a chance to get all of the nerves out of the way. And it gives you a chance to get comfortable with your wedding photographer. By the end of the session you’ll be so comfortable together that you won’t even believe it. Which means wedding day photo time? Will go that much smoother and you’ll feel that much less awkward.
As for the whole experience itself?
Speaking personally, we pride ourselves on giving our couples a really custom, really high-touch and involved experience. That translates over into welcome gifts, private viewing sessions instead of just link sending, the opportunity to give us feedback about what you did and didn’t like, and finally, the ability and options to print your very, very favorite photos to hang in your home.
We know it’s hard to get over the idea of taking pictures. Trust us. Been there, done that.
But what did we learn that we want you to take away from all of this?
Be open. Be willing to go with the flow and your photographers’ process. In the end you’ll likely wind up enjoying yourself so much more than you ever might have anticipated. (At least that’s what our couples tell us when we finish their session!)
Erika and Will – thank you both so incredibly much for letting us create your engagement photos! We had such a blast with you both and are so grateful for our time together!
KC Engagement Session Locations | The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Liberty Memorial Park
Feel like you’re missing something? See Erika and Will’s sneak peek here.
Find Engagement Photography Misconceptions Pt. 1 here.