Probably 50% of my clients this year asked to trade out their engagement pictures for an extra hour of shooting the day of the wedding. I want to be flexible but I also want clients to see the value of the engagement session.
Getting your picture taken is not easy for some. AND getting your picture taken by a stranger is harder. AND getting your picture taken when there's pressure to produce the greatest shots ever is even harder. The engagement session helps us work out all the bugs...so all these reason it will be a part of all my packages next year!
I usually talk to the bride and groom about a location that is meaningful to them as a couple. Here's a few locations I recommend: Centennial Lakes, Edina , Harriet Island and Harriet Island Regional Park, St. PaulÂ (click here to watch video), Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens, and for more informal shots any kids play area and forest will do!
List of things to bring:
-one or two extra shirts (I take a lot of pictures and it's nice to have a couple different looks)
-any unique "memory-type-things" (eg. stuff animal given on first date, jewelry, a card or anything else that makes you laugh!)