Why Are Engagement Sessions So Important? - S&A Photography Blog

Why Are Engagement Sessions So Important?

Yay, you just got engaged! Congratulations! And now you’re probably starting to look up wedding venues, vendors, and etc. You’re checking out photographers and you keep seeing Engagement Sessions galleries, posts, I mean, they’re everywhere! And you’re probably wondering if you should take those types of photos right? Well, that is totally up to you!

But I’m here to tell you that there are a lot of benefits of doing an Engagement Session before your wedding day and I wanted to share some of them with you!


  • Interaction with your photographers

You get to interact with your wedding photographers before the big day and vice versa! An engagement session lasts for about two hours, and that means two hours of chatting, getting to know each other, and how we work. We get to hear your story. It’s important for us we capture your relationship in the most genuine way possible and for that, we like to get to know you two. Just think of it as a double date.

  •  Practice

Some people are beyond natural in front of the camera, it’s seriously a talent. And some people aren’t, and that’s okay. Your Engagement Session is the perfect practice to how it feels to be the center of attention before your wedding day. It’s our job as photographers to make you feel comfortable and get you to have fun, even if taking pictures is not your favorite thing in the world!

  •  Location

You get to pick your location, and that’s so fun! We always advise choosing somewhere that’s special to both of you. For us it was Yosemite. Since I’m from Brazil I’ve visited Stephan a few times before I moved in for good and honestly, Yosemite was the only place that made me feel home. I have an instant sense of happiness every time I get there. So, of course, our pictures would reflect that! And if your favorite place isn’t a National Park that’s fine. If it’s a coffee shop where you two had your first date, or the College or University you met, the most important thing is that it’s special to you and to your story.

  •  Use your pictures

I don’t know who had the genius idea first, but you can use your engagement pictures to make Save The Dates or even your wedding invitations! Another great idea is to use them on a Guest Book Album. We had one done for our wedding and love it! Our guests looked through our engagement album and wrote us the sweetest words that we love reading to this day. It’s an easy way to have your personalities on your wedding day and make it unique. And if none of that sounds too appealing to you, just share them away! Post them on your Social Media, use them as a fun countdown to the happiest day of your life!

Check out more galleries from some of the engagement sessions we got to do around Yosemite and Big Sur! Two of our favorite places in California!



  1. […] We have so many engagement sessions coming up this year and we’re so excited! Seeing so many engagement type photos everywhere, you’re probably wondering if you should get them done yourself, right? I’ve written a post that lists some of the benefits of having an engagement session before your wedding day, click here to check it out! […]

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