I came across an article in Huffington Post last week that I thought was absolutely fantastic and it said in far better language than I could have written, why you should have an engagement session. I HIGHLY recommend reading the entire article. It's not that long, but I thought it profound.
I, like so many other photographers and couples, have the typical list of reasons to have engagement photos made. I asked my Facebook friends what their reasons were. Here are some of them:
- Save the Dates
- To get comfortable in front of the camera
- We barely have any photos of us together
- Guest Sign-In Book
- Engagement photos represent the more authentic you as a couple
These are all absolutely 100% great reasons to have an engagement session. These are the main reasons I used to share with my clients at our consultations, but since last week when I read an amazing article about "The Real Reason to Have Engagement Photos Made" by G.E. Masana, I've changed my mind. (The article is short, so you should read it, but I'll summarize.)
A lot of times articles that have titles like that are just like all the rest, but this one was different. This one hit me right at the core of why I do what I do. If you read my previous post about this, you'll know that for me, the heart and soul of good photography is the story it tells. Engagement photos are part of that story.
Masana goes on to talk about how this decision, this moment in life, affects everyone around you and the generations to come.
One of the reasons to have engagement photos made that was shared on Facebook was "Because in 26 years you will look back and smile at the memories." I thought this hit the closest to the article and was a perfect reminder that:
They are for when our memories have faded and our bodies have grown old. To be able to show our memories to future generations.
And, as Masana closed the article, "that's the real reason to have photos like these made."
Couldn't have said it better myself.