Make Your Wedding Photos Stunning


August 28, 2018




Destination Weddings







When you fall in love, the world feels new. It's as if everything is happening for the first time. That's why we love photographing weddings. Each wedding has us falling in love over and over again—it reminds us that there is wonder and mystery in this shared life we all build together. The most aspirational thing to us is rekindling that initial spark of falling in love. We want to give you that experience with your wedding photos, perfectly captured and forever remembered. It's here, in our journal, we celebrate your love story so all can enjoy it.


How can I make my wedding photos stunning?  The easiest way is to have your wedding photographer shoot your engagement session.  That’s right, your wedding photos actually start with your engagement session and it is the secret to getting stunning wedding photos.

How It Works

As a newly engaged couple, you and your fiancé will have plenty of items on your plate.  You will have everything from selecting a venue for your big day to creating your A and B guest lists.  There’s also the band versus DJ debate and the type of cake that you’ll select. 

It’s easy for some things to get lost in the shuffle.

That said, a wedding photographer is undoubtedly on your list of to-dos.  Along with finding someone to take your engagement photos, this decision is important.  How important?  We think as much as picking the wedding venue.  Your engagement and wedding photos will be one of the most cherished memories of the entire experience. 

Often couples hire one photographer for their engagement photos and an entirely separate photographer for the actual wedding ceremony.  While there is nothing wrong with this.  However, there are benefits to hiring one photographer to shoot both your engagement photos and wedding day photos.

Wedding Photographer Benefits

So what are some of the best reasons that you should the same photographer for your engagement and wedding photos?

First, you feel more comfortable with your photographer on your actual wedding day.  Your wedding day is going to contain a flurry of activity—with or without a wedding planner.  You’re going to be wanting to spend time with your (now) spouse, friends, and family instead of those assisting with your wedding.

You Will Feel Less Awkward

You can minimize the burden on you and your spouse on your big day by getting to know your photographer during your engagement shoot, rather than on the day of your marriage. After completing the engagement shoot, your photographer will not only have met you before your actual wedding day, but they will already have a sense of your preferences for your wedding photos. They can begin doing their job without going through the traditional formalities.

The Style Is Consistent

Next, selecting the same photographer for your engagement and wedding photos ensures consistency in style. Each photographer brings his or her own unique style or perspective to each and every photo. By doing this, the photographer creates a style that is evident across the entire collection.  It maintains the same aesthetic feel that you selected when you were searching for photographers. This creates peace of mind and eliminates another thing that you have to think about on your wedding day.

It’s Cheaper

Finally, hiring one photographer for both engagement and wedding photos may result in a lower price. This obviously depends on the photographer. That said, it is often the case that selecting one photographer for both your engagement and wedding photos will result in a lower cost than choosing one photographer for your engagement shoot and a separate photographer for your wedding day. Oftentimes, wedding budgets are tight, so a lower total cost for photos—no matter how small—will help you stay within your budget.

Looking to hire a wedding photographer in Michigan?

Now that you know that by having your wedding photographer shoot your engagement pictures it will make your wedding photos stunning, be sure to check out our Engagement Session Guide to get the MOST out of your engagement pictures!

While you and your fiancé have many things to juggle for your wedding day, rest assured that your engagement and wedding day photos will be one of the most treasured possessions in your lives. Booking the same photographer for both sets of photos will not only make your life easier, but will result in better photos.

If you are interested in booking a wedding photographer in Grand Rapids Michigan for both your engagement photos and wedding day photos, we are happy to help!

Make Your Wedding Photos Stunning

  1. Any advice for someone considering to have a wedding photographer for their wedding? Yes get to know your photographer, know their style, and tell them exactly what you are looking to create. Some of the best advice I could give is to have your wedding photographer do your engagement pictures too. The feedback you give your photographer will improve your wedding photos. And you get to practice being photographed with your spouse to be! We wrote a blog post on the subject here:

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