What’s an engagement photo shoot?

weddings-past 5Are you getting married this spring, summer or fall? If so, you may still be looking for a photographer to cover your wedding. As you search and meet with wedding photographers in Montreal, you will certainly be offered an engagement shoot in addition to your wedding shoot. So what is it and why would you want to do it?

As a wedding photographer in Montreal, I like the idea of an engagement shoot. One of the main benefits it yields is a great opportunity for you and your photographer to get to know each other and work together. As well, as much as it is important and fun to get wedding photos on your actual wedding day, it can also be a hectic and stressful day for bride and groom. Having a day or an afternoon to just focus on yourselves and maybe revisit places around town that are important to you as a couple can be both rewarding in and of itself, and yield some fun and truly memorable photos.

Engagement shoots can be done with studio lighting setups, but they are also fun to do out in the wild. By that I mean in places that hold special meaning to you as a couple. That may be a walk along one of Mt. Royal’s beautiful paths, or a drink at a cafe or bistro where the first sparks between the two of flew. You may even want to wander around the grounds of your soon-to-be wedding to help de-jitter the place for you and scope out areas you’d like to revisit in your full wedding clothes.

Whether you choose to include an engagement shoot with your wedding package is up to you. As usual the decision will entail balancing the additional costs against the additional gains you will make in terms of creative and highly customized photos of you and your beloved in those heady days leading up to THE BIG DAY. Whatever you decide will be the right choice (stay zen especially when making decisions about your wedding) but keep it in mind as a fun, and worthwhile option if your budget and time allow.

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