The fifteen or so photographers that make up the large Latte Productions team capture about 175 weddings combined each year. It’s a number that very few wedding photography studios in Ontario reach. And one thing that this many weddings have taught Latte owner, Justin, and his team, is that engagement shoots are critical.
- Engagement sessions are usually awkward at first, especially if this is your first real exposure to professional lifestyle photography. It’s better to learn the ropes and get comfortable during your e-session than to try to do so on your wedding day. The e-shoot is a prime opportunity to make accommodations for your own personal style. For example, if you’re not comfortable with public displays of affection, that’s okay! There are other equally great ways to highlight true affection without pushing you out of your comfort zone.
- Latte’s photographers take a casual approach to direction and posing. This is about forgetting traditional poses and stiff mannequin style positioning, and instead, embracing who you
really are in front of the lens. Latte’s shooters often put themselves in your place to help show how you look natural. This also helps everyone appreciate that we’ve all got our quirks, and it’s about highlighting the authentic, unique you, letting people see you for who you really are.
- Since Latte delivers all images (not just their select favourites), you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Engagement sessions build trust, confidence, and show Latte couples that they can in fact have the lovely photos they desire without having to be anyone other than themselves. This translates to a more casual and realistic expectation for the big day.
- Many Latte couples have children or pets, providing the team with the ability to further customize the lifestyle shoot by incorporating a family element into some of the experience.
- Latte couples get their engagement photos back within days to a week of the shoot, further building the trust between client and photographer.
- Couples who opt out of doing engagement sessions often approach the wedding day with a certain pessimism or worry about what to do for the camera, unaware that it is the photographer that will find the best angles and methods to generate stunning outcomes. Doing an engagement session takes the wedding day photography off the pedestal and places a more realistic expectation on both couple and photographer, achieving more unique outcomes and more natural moments.
- Since the engagement photos are often the last collection of photos the couple has had before the wedding day itself, they often get used on guest signing books, Save The Dates, seating charts, slide shows, as part of centrepieces or table numbers displays, and more.
This expert tip is written with Latte Productions Wedding Photography (latteproductions.ca), and was published in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine.
Latte Productions includes a free engagement session in each wedding package. Since Latte is a full time operation, they can accommodate most daytime or evening e-session times, catering to the couples unique schedules. Couples are encouraged to book one to two weeks out from the intended e-session date so that they are more aware of work schedules, social calendars, expected weather, and that the chosen site looks the way they anticipate it. You can also check them out on Facebook.