When I first meet my couples and talk about my wedding packages I always recommend doing an engagement session with them first. Maybe this is much more popular in the US market where I started out, as many of my couples initially think I’m talking about photographing the engagement party. That’s not it at all. An engagement session is simply a relaxed and informal photo session with the bride and groom to be that gives us a chance to get to know each other better and helps you get comfortable in front of my camera.

With the engagement session the only thing that really matters is for you to have fun together. On the wedding day things move a lot faster and it’s a great advantage to have already developed a great relationship and trust. This is so important to me as I reestablish my photography business here in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, that I currently offer complimentary engagement sessions as part of my wedding package. On your wedding day you’ll spend a lot of time with your photographer. Don’t underestimate the benefits of getting to know them better before the big day!

Here’s some photo’s and the slideshow from Rachel & Aaron’s engagement session last week at Waimarama Beach, Hawke’s Bay. After what seemed like endless rain for days (seriously – what happened to summer?) the sun came out on the day we’d scheduled the session.

 

High Tide Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

High tide created a few unexpected challenges and some dashes for high ground, but Rachel and Aaron didn’t let that stop them from having a great time and letting me capture some great moments. You guys are awesome and I can’t wait for your wedding!

 

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

Engagement Photo Session at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand