Engaged couple walking along the beach in Malibu, Ca.

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  You’re probably starting to look at different vendors for your wedding day and you might be thinking if you even need an engagement session?  One of the most commonly asked questions from new couples is, “Is it really necessary to have an engagement session?”.  The short answer is YES.  From meeting & working with your photographer before your wedding day to seeing what your hair & makeup trial looks like on camera.  As a seasoned wedding photographer, I can attest to the many benefits of an engagement session and listed some below.

A little background on the couple below:  Abby & Tim knew immediately that they wanted their session at the beach (she said think beachy/dreamy vibes). I immediately thought of Leo Carrillo State Beach as it provides a laid-back atmosphere. Without a lot of beach goers, this beach is perfect for candid moments and intimate captures. The versatility of this location offers a balance of close-up, heartfelt shots and sweeping, panoramic ocean views.  Beyond the stunning photos, engagement sessions are definitely a valuable investment in your love story.  

Work With Your Photographer Before Your Wedding Day

Working together first allows you to establish a rapport with your photographer. This familiarity ensures a smoother collaboration on your wedding day, as you’ll already be accustomed to their style and guidance. My couples who choose to do an engagement session are pros after just one session and generally feel more relaxed in front of the camera on wedding day.  

A couple smiling and gazing at each other during their photo session.

Practice Time In Front Of The Camera

Practice is so important!  Practicing provides an opportunity to learn how to be comfortable in front of the camera and how to establish a deeper connection with each other. This ease and connection will eventually reflect in your wedding photos, creating timeless memories. It also allows you to see what poses & angles you love…and even those that you might not.  

Malibu Engagement Session: Capturing Love on the Beach.

Trial Run For Your Wedding Day Hair & Makeup

Take advantage of your engagement session to do a trial run for your wedding hair and makeup. This will allow you to see your makeup and/or hair in photos, how well they photograph and then make any necessary adjustments before the wedding day.

A couple posing for a photo during their engagement session in Malibu, Ca.

Save The Dates, Wedding Decor & More

Beyond digital sharing, engagement session photos can be turned into printed keepsakes such as save-the-dates, canvas prints, photo books, or framed art, becoming tangible memories of this special time. Your photos will also make a lasting impression on your guests and set the tone for the celebration to come. They also make great wedding decor from guest sign-in boards to table centerpieces, incorporating these images adds a personal touch to your celebration and ties everything together seamlessly.

The view of the pacific ocean in Malibu, Ca.

Abby’s Dress

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xo,

Teresa

xo,

Teresa

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