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Many of my couples find themselves asking, “Should we do an Engagement Shoot?” and the majority of them elect to.

Buckingham Fountain Engagement Photo

Here are the top 6 reasons to do an Engagement Shoot:

#1- An engagement shoot is like a practice/trial run for your wedding day.  It’s a great time to trial hair and make-up so you can see how your look will photograph as well.  That way, you can make any minor adjustments, prior to your wedding day.

#2- An engagement shoot allows you to see how I direct from behind the camera.

#3- An engagement shoot allows me to see what you’re like in front of the camera.  If you’re nervous, it gives us a chance to practice and for me to see what I can do to put you at ease.

#4- An engagement shoot will give me an idea of how little or much instruction you’ll need to fall into natural postures and poses.  If you’re a natural, fabulous, but if not, I can help you feel more comfortable by coaching you.  I want natural, comfortable you to shine through in your images!

#5- An engagement shoot is awesome because you can use the images for your engagement announcement, save the dates, wedding guest book, wedding website, and thank you cards.

#6- An engagement shoot is awesome because it allows you to document a place that is significant to you as a couple.

Some ideas for your shoot:

  • Where you got engaged
  • Where you spend a lot of time together as a couple (wine bars, parks, etc)
  • Doing something you enjoy together such as reading, playing a game, looking at travel magazines, picnic-ing, having a coffee together, or having a glass of wine at your favorite restaurant

You can check out some of my favorite Chicago locations for engagement sessions here or view some of my favorite engagement photos here.


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