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Why Engagement Pics are a Good Idea

When David and I got engaged I was pumped to say the least… but next came all the planning, which can be overwhelming. I was studying for the bar when we got engaged and so thankfully my mom rallied and helped out SO MUCH. In the midst of it all though, I decided not to get engagement pictures. “What am I going to do with 3,000 pics of David and me?” “That’s really narcissistic” “It’s just another thing on the to-do list that’s unnecessary”… these are the thoughts I had about engagement pictures.  So I didn’t get any…
Then came the wedding day where we DID take 3,000 pictures. But in the midst of my excitement, emotions, and not even remembering the camera was there, I never really looked at the camera and smiled…. I was completely in the moment the entire day and have so many candids (which are great – I love candids) but only ONE picture where David and I are both looking at the camera and smiling… and we happen to be doing the prom pose. Come on now…
Fast forward to 2 years later and I do not have one single picture of David and I framed in our house. So when the very talented Jenna Kutcher offered to snap some when she stayed with us (she promised to keep it under 40 minutes for David) I took her up on her offer…
I loved reading this that she wrote:
“As a wedding photographer I see the time and care and money invested in documenting moments and in celebrating that one big day but after the wedding day rush, it all stops. The celebrating stops, the focus on preserving moments stops, and the priority of being documented stops.
Each year we do one shoot together. No, we don’t do a million photoshoots, we rarely take selfies, and we hardly photograph the day in and out of our lives but to me, this one session a year proves that marriage is worth celebrating and each year is a milestone . . . I just believe that the world needs a positive image of marriage after the wedding day. If it means getting wet and laying in the bottom of a rowboat, I’ll do it. Because this, my friends is year four and it’s just as beautiful as the day we said “I do.” Celebrate after “I do” and remind yourself that the stage you are in at this very moment is just as meaningful as the one when you wore that pretty white dress.

 

 

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