Now for those of you who know Dan, you probably could have guessed that this was not his favorite activity. However, he was a trooper and listened to Laura as she guided us through our session.
Laura did an awesome job of guiding us when we needed it and letting us do what was natural when it was appropriate. I honestly felt awkward at first (really not used to posing for pictures) but it got much smoother as the session went on.
These offered a diverse mix of back grounds that were all meaningful to us. Plus, we were able to get some pictures in our new home. Our wedding will be in New Jersey, so it was really special to be able to get some pictures in Portland as well.
In general, I know a lot of photographers add in engagement sessions into their wedding packages. If that's the case, I'd definitely recommend you take advantage of it. While we ended up not doing that (we have 2 friends who are photographers, so one is covering our wedding and one did our engagement sessions) I'm really glad we took these pictures. It really takes the pressure off of getting every single shot that I want at our wedding. Plus these pictures are much more "us" than our wedding pictures will be. We are usually pretty casual people, so I'm glad we were able to get a bunch of amazing pictures that really feel genuine.
I found it super helpful to browse other people's engagement pictures to get ideas of poses and looks that I liked. Thank you Pinterest. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!