Engagement Photos: Yay or Nay?

Without a doubt, “YAY!”

One of the coolest perks you get as a soon-to-be-betrothed couple is the chance to grab some heartfelt, goofy or just plain cool candids of you and your honey before you say, “I Do.” It might sound cheesy at first, and you may flirt with the thought that there’s no way you’d ever need professional pictures of yourselves hanging in and around your house.

But, couples… BUT, the world of engagement pictures has come a long way since you stood posed on the stairwell with a corsage pinned to your lapel. It’s come farther than the stark black and white (or crazy tropical colors) backdrops. You don’t have to pose at all, really.

Especially not with The Decisive Moment – we infiltrate that same sense of capturing raw emotion and real interaction with an engagement session. The goal is to make you comfortable – whether that’s choosing your favorite local hangout and knocking back a few, or kicking off your shoes to romp around the local park. Plus, we use this session with a few different intentions – all guaranteed anti-cheese and using only authentic backdrops.

First off – Brides, it’s the hands down best way to get you your groom comfortable in front of the camera. In other words, this is a glamorous and memorable way to practice your photogenic-ness before the big day. It gives you guys and your shooter the chance to get to know each other a little bit better too. He/She can gain a know-how for your best sides, your coolest expressions and know exactly the light to try and get both in.

Secondly, the logistics – They make for a professional, flawless, photo-enthused Save the Date, a pristine coffee table book with space for your wedding day guests to sign in, or they become sophisticated replacements to those spring break ’07 pictures you used to hang around the house.

Whichever point you focus on, the bottom line is they’re a must. An unforgettable must. But in the famous words of wise men, don’t take our word for it – judge for yourself. We put together some of our favorites from the past year to show how fun, sentimental and special these off-the-cuff camera shots can be.


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With over a decade of experience documenting wedding celebrations, they have built a legacy of creating timeless images for couples and families. The Decisive Moment is a team of seasoned photojournalists and curators who work together to deliver an exceptional experience.