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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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A Romantic, Candlelit High Cotton Wedding | Laura and Isaac | Memphis Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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When I first met with Laura to chat about her wedding day, I was immediately drawn to her precious sweet, Southern spirit and thoughtfulness! She came to our little macaroon and coffee date with the cutest little “happy” for me. (I call them happy’s. Little, thoughtful gifts). Laura had done her homework (ie: watching my IG Stories and reading my posts) and discovered how much I love National Parks. I’m quite a NP nerd. No shame here. We both quickly discovered our mutual love for travel! She surprised me with an official National Park Passport book — seriously, the cutest gift. I cannot wait to go visit all the National Parks and fill up my book she gave me! This is just a hint at how thoughtful Laura is and how much attention she gives to details.

Laura and Isaac are some of the most hospitable people I have ever met! So down to earth, graceful and generous. They sure know how to love well the people in their lives. Getting to know them and capturing their wedding was a joy and such a privilege! They had an intimate, romantic candlelit ceremony and reception at the stunning High Cotton Brewery. It was absolutely beautiful! I was so impressed by Laura, who arranged all the florals for the wedding and again, paid so much attention to the details of the day!

Huge shoutout to them for being so willing to shoot so many portraits and (in three different locations, guys!) in the smoldering heat of the day! They had the biggest smiles on their faces the entire day. Laura & Isaac, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your special day and trusting me to capture it! You guys are rockstars.

xoxo, Mary Kate

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Springtime Engagement at Memphis Botanic Gardens | Juliet and Wesley | Destination Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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They are high school sweethearts who followed each other to Mississippi State University (they just graduated!) and together they have two adorable Australian Shepherd pups! (I can’t wait to meet them!) They’ve been on this life adventure together for the past five years and now they are ready to seal the deal and make it official! Juliet and Wesley are the sweetest souls you’ll ever meet and are sure to put a smile on your face! We had so much fun laughing and laughing during their engagement session!

Juliet and Wes! I am so thrilled and honored to be your wedding photographer! I am getting so excited and counting down the days till March when we celebrate your beautiful Annesdale Mansion wedding!

Xoxo! Mary Kate

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