Engagement sessions can be a great way to get to know your photographer. Sometimes you can book them separately to try out your photographer, and often you can get one as part of your package. To get the most out of your session remember to meet with and book your photographer early enough before your wedding day. Remember, most photographers will have weddings booked on Saturdays so you should try to plan your engagement session for a weekday afternoon or maybe a Sunday. Usually, they are standard portrait sessions for you and your fiance and typically last about an hour. When planning one, think about places that are meaningful to you.
Picking out coordinating outfits will help make a more pleasant composition. Solid colors usually work best, but you don’t have to stick to the classics (ie matching jeans and white shirts). Bring your own style with you and have a little fun. A good session should have time for classic shots as well as pictures unique to you as a couple. You can even ask your photographer if there is enough time for multiple outfits. But most importantly wear clothing that you can feel comfortable in and remember to be yourself.
Now that you have your images (remember to find a photographer who will give you your images – see post on printable discs), what will you do with them? With enough planning you can use them as save-the-date cards or magnets. For a good list of consumer products visit mpix. You can also use them as your wedding invitations or just include them with traditional invites by printing them as wallets. Some couples use them to replace traditonal guest books. For example, you can print a small album with space for your guests to sign or you can have them sign a large photo matte which can later be framed. Your photographer can help you with designing and printing your guest book, or you can use a webservice like picaboo.