Each of my wedding packages include a complimentary engagement session and the most common question I get asked is "If I opted out of an engagement session would the package be less?" And the least complicated answer is: No. It isn't to be mean or unjust but it is simply put:
I offer engagement sessions complimentary because I know how important they are. To prove how important they are in my opinion I offer them free. Engagement sessions are one of the most important parts of the process for getting married because it allows you and your significant other to get to know me, it allows you to relax and by the time your wedding day comes along you know me, what it feels like to be in front of my camera and that it won't be half as painful as you think it would be :D
It is a time for me to get to know you, how the two of you relate. It is a moment for you to be with each other and have those moments captured forever before the one of the largest moments of your life.
Plus, it is the start of what I hope to be a beautiful friendship!
So when you are looking for a wedding photographer, me or any other, remember that the engagement session is a great way for you to get to know the person who you will be stuck with on your wedding day: your photographer :D
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