4 Reasons Why You Should Book An Engagement Session With Your Wedding Photographer

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Hey friend! Recently engaged?! Firstly, let me extended the warmest congratulations to you both! This is such an exciting, happy butterflies fluttering in your stomach, can’t stop smiling time in your life —soak it ALL up! Do your best to remember all the little moments. :)

A question I get from time to time from some of my own couples and others is this: “Should we do an engagement session with our wedding photographer? Is it really that important?” It is a great question and one I understand why couples ask about.

So, I wanted to shed some light onto why (as a wedding photographer), I believe it is so important to schedule one! Sure, it will require finding time that works with three different schedules, but ya’ll, it’s worth it — every single time.

  1. It provides YOU & your photographer the opportunity to get to know each other!

    As a wedding photographer and a relational human, ya’ll I just love getting the chance (as many as possible) to hang out with each of my couples and truly get to know them. Emails, texts, Instagram, Facebook — it’s all wonderful ways to connect, but nothing beats real, in-person human interaction. It’s simple, yet lasts forever. I want to know what you two love doing together on an average weekday evening after work, if you love beer or wine, what makes you smile, (a favorite of mine), or what your enneagram is! I want to hear about your wedding day dreams and how I can help you accomplish them! I want to know something you’d love to accomplish as individuals and as a power couple. Simply put, YOU are important to me and having that time with you elevates my friendship with you guys!

  2. Storytelling…

    Your wedding day is a story. It is a story I have the incredible privilege to tell through pictures. There are so many details that add to your wedding day story. Brides, your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is a part of that story. Maybe you’re going to wear your Grandma’s veil, or the groom is going to wear his Dad’s wedding suspenders or maybe you have a fur baby you’re including in your day, or maybe your Dad passed away and in remembrance of him, you include a unique detail that only those who understand would pick out. These are real examples of details I knew and learned about by having real conversations with my couples and their families. These kind of conversations start to happen as you first start the booking process with me and they continue at your engagement session, at coffee meetups and timeline meetings. What I’m trying to get at is this. I want to have real conversations with you so that I can truly tell your wedding day story and capture the story details. It is so much easier for me to tell your story when I’ve had the chance to work with you prior to your wedding.

  3. Let’s make magic (and chemistry)!

    Here’s a truth bomb for you! Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, needs some time to get comfortable with a camera in front of them and finding that magical connection with their special someone. It also takes time for a photographer to fine tune those perfect angles, find the perfect light and help make the magic happen. I find engagement sessions as like a “first date”. Leading up to the moment we all meet for the first time in person, there can be this anxious moment when you wonder how it will all go. Even me, a people person, who’s been shooting for the last 7 years still gets anxiously excited for the moment I meet each of my couples for the first time!

    Let’s be honest though, all those silly anxious feelings quickly fade as we chit chat and give warm welcoming hugs that just seem to say, “I’m so glad you’re here”, as my little four year old son always says to friends walking in our front door. He speaks truth! I am so glad YOU’RE here and I’m so glad I’m here with you! That my friends is the start of the “chemistry” I talk about with each of my couples. Feeling that chemistry between my couples as I take their pictures and the chemistry we feel all working together, it’s a feeling you trust and it makes you feel good inside.

    When you combine making magic with that undeniable chemistry at your engagement session, just IMAGINE the type of experience you guys & me will have shooting those magical, breathtaking portraits on your wedding day?! Ya’ll it is unreal. It is amazing. You’ll remember having so much fun during your wedding day portraits!

  4. Pretty, pretty photos

    Lastly, if anything else, you get beautiful pictures and memories of you two together, in this moment of your lives. Pictures you can hang in your home that will remind you of such an exciting season. I’d say that’s worth it. :)

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Wine Tumblers - The Perfect Bridesmaids Gift For Your Girls | Product Review | Fine Art Destination Wedding Photographer

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Happy Friday friends!

So. I totally had this super fun girls’ wine night photo shoot planned and then life got in the way for all of us and it just couldn’t happen. Haha! I think we all needed that wine night, so it’ll have to happen another time. Friday nights, before I wake up the next morning to shoot a wedding, I like to unwind after a long week and sit down with a glass of wine. I think having a glass of wine to wind down is most definitely a girl thing. Of course, I always prefer Friday wine nights with a sweet friend to catch up and talk a girl things! :)

I was so excited when Bridebop reached out to me about working together! Bridebop is a super cute website that offer so many adorable customized bridesmaids gifts for brides to give to their BFFs! Wine tumblers, weekend bags, necklaces, fanny-packs, robes and gift boxes are just a few of the options! These wine tumblers, to be specific, come in a few color options and are the best quality! They are so comfortable to hold and keep wine nice and cool! They also come with lids - which I found to be a great feature.

Brides, these tumblers are such a fun and practical gift option for your girls! You can’t go wrong with them! Oh! And bonus, they make for cute props for wedding day prep photos!! Add adorable robes, customized wine tumblers for some bubbly, you (the bride) with your cute girls and you have such adorable photos waiting to be taken! As a photographer, I would definitely approve these as photo worthy. ;)

xoxo,

MK

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Sweet, Springtime Engagement, Memphis, TN | Laura and Isaac | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Spring has officially arrived in Memphis! The cherry blossom trees and thousands of tulips are everywhere! Oh the color! It makes my heart so happy! A few weeks ago just as the warm Spring sun started coming out, Laura, Isaac and I trekked out about an hour outside of Memphis to Isaac’s family farm for their engagement session!

Isaac’s family are farmers and own so much beautiful land! Isaac and Laura plan to build a gorgeous home of their own on the land. I can completely see why! These two are some of the sweetest people you will meet with the most genuine Southern hospitality. It was such a privilege getting to see some of the farm, learn a little bit about Isaac’s family heritage and hear about their home plans! I am so excited for their June Memphis wedding! It is going to be gorgeous! :)

xoxo,

MK

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