Engagement Sessions

I believe the engagement photography session is integral to getting the most out of your wedding day photography.  I therefore include the engagement session in all wedding photography packages.  It provides an opportunity for us to get to know each other without the pressure of the wedding day.  It helps me learn your personalities.   Knowing your clients is important in knowing how to coax the best photographs out of you when coaxing is necessary.  I also learn how you communicate, with each other, and with me.  This helps me know what to look for and to anticipate photography opportunities at your wedding.  Is it in the eyes, the hands, the smile, the look, the body language or a combination of any of the above? Having a little advanced knowledge of some of your cues means I get the hand squeezes, the winks, and the glances that I may miss otherwise.


How long is an engagement session?  I include 3 hours and up to 2 locations for an engagement photography session.  Travel time between locations counts towards the time allocation.  There are many great locations in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC Metro areas.  Some locations require advanced permits; others do not, and still other do if you’re caught. ;)

What can we use the engagement photographs for?  Besides the benefit of getting to know one another the engagement photographs are great for a number of things.

  • Save the Date Photographs: for those cards and magnets announcing your impending nuptials and celebration.
  • Guest Sign in Book: for a guest registry with some personality and pizzazz!
  • Reception Flat Screen Slide Show: As an option we can have a flat screen playing a slideshow of your engagement session.  Additionally if the scheduling permits we can have some of the pictures from your wedding day up on the slide show.

Is an engagement photography session available a la carte?  Yes at a cost of $400.00 which is applied to the cost of your wedding photography package if you decide to book one.  This includes an online proofing gallery where you can purchase individual images.