engagement photos

Why are Engagement Sessions so important?


I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of engagement photos out there, on Facebook, Instagram, etc. The background is somewhere really pretty and the couple is usually dressed up.

But why is it so common to do it?

There are a lot of benefits of doing an Engagement Session before your wedding day and I wanted to share some of them with you!


  • Interaction with your photographer(s)

You get to interact with your wedding photographer before the big day and vice versa!

An engagement session lasts for about two hours, and that doesn’t mean we spend two hours looking behind the camera and telling you to pose, nope. That means two hours of chatting, of getting to know each other!

We get to hear your story. It’s important for us we capture your relationship in the most genuine way possible and for that, we need to get to know you a little bit!

  •  Practice

Some people are beyond natural in front of the camera, it’s seriously a talent. And some people aren’t. And that’s okay. Your Engagement Session is the perfect practice to how it feels to be photographed before your wedding day.

It’s our job as photographers to make you feel comfortable and try to get you to have fun, even if taking pictures is not your favorite thing in the world!

  •  Location

You get to pick your location, and that’s so fun! We always advise to choose somewhere that’s special to both of you.

For us it was Yosemite. Since I’m from Brazil I’ve visited Stephan a few times before I moved in for good and honestly, Yosemite was the only place that made me feel home. I have an instant sense of happiness every time I get there. So, of course, our pictures would reflect that!

And even if your place isn’t a National Park, even if it’s a coffee shop where you two had your first date and have been going since, it’s special and it makes you happy, and it will show in the pictures.

  •  Use your pictures

I don’t know who had the genius idea first, but you can use your engagement pictures to make Save The Dates or even your wedding invitations!

Another great idea is to use them on a Guest Book album. We had one done for our wedding and love it! Our guests looked through our engagement album and wrote us the sweetest words that we love reading to this day.

And if none of that sounds too appealing to you, just share them away! Post them on your Social Media, use them as a fun countdown to the happiest day of your life!

 Engagement Photos might seem like a silly thing but, as photographers, we love them! We get to connect with you and vice versa! 

I hope this post helped you understand a little more about the many benefits of doing an Engagement Session, besides taking pretty pictures in pretty places.

Although that’s a pretty good reason too.

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South Lake Tahoe Proposal & Engagement Session

I don’t know how, but California seriously continues to impress me. I’ve moved here a year ago and it seems like there is an infinite amount of things to do and see. When Tanner reached out to me about proposing to his girlfriend at Lake Tahoe I couldn’t be more excited. Stephan had been there before but I hadn’t, and we’ve been talking about making a trip there for a while but, you know, life.

We woke up around 6 am, made tons of coffee and started our drive to South Lake Tahoe. We got there just in time for a picnic in front of the lake and to head up to the proposal spot. Tanner and Hannah were coming all the way from Chicago and he wanted to propose at the Observation Deck because he knew she really wanted to go up the Gondola. He figured it would probably have an amazing view and be perfect for the big moment. But just a little detail: none of us had been up there before.

So Stephan and I went up an hour before and found out right away that the deck did have a gorgeous view, but it was crowded and not intimate at all. So we continued to walk and found a little hiking path just below the deck that was gold. Empty, quiet and with basically the same views from the deck.

I texted Tanner the directions to the spot and pictures of it and he loved it! We captured their sweet proposal, full of laughter and smiles, and then did an engagement session right after. I have to say, there is really nothing like taking pictures after a proposal. I mean, they had just got engaged, were so genuinely happy and plus, it was their first day of their vacation in Lake Tahoe, and also first time seeing the mountains! The joy was real, and it shows in the photos.

Thinking about asking the big question and getting it all documented?

Contact us and we’ll make it happen!