Engagement sessions, or “e-sessions” for short, are fun shoots that couples do before their actual wedding. At Luminous Weddings, our engagement shoots in Toronto usually take place in 1-3 locations around the city, and can last anywhere from 1-3 hours. This is a pretty big range which leaves you with a ton of options and decisions to make. If you want to keep things short and sweet, we suggest picking one location for all your shots, and sticking to one outfit change. If you’re looking for more of a range, we can definitely switch it up — the choice is yours. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide on how to make planning your engagement shoot in Toronto a breeze, which is a great place to begin your planning efforts. It’ll help you decide on the ideal time and place for your shoot, as well as all of the details in between. Another important thing to note is that our engagement shoots in Toronto aren’t rain or shine, unless you’ve chosen an indoor venue. However, don’t let erratic Canadian weather influence your decision — we can always reschedule if necessary.
Still not sure about having an engagement shoot in Toronto? They’re awesome for a number of reasons, and I always encourage our couples to have an e-session, even if it’s a short one. If you’ve yet to be convinced that you need an engagement shoot, keep on reading.
Engagement Shoot in Toronto: Why Do You Need One?
Get to Know Your Photographer
I personally love e-sessions, because it allows me to get to know clients a little bit better. Chances are if you’ve hired a photographer for your big day, then you already know what their vibe is like, but it’s still a good idea to spend some time together and actually get to know them, and an e-session is the perfect opportunity.
Having an engagement shoot in Toronto will also make you more comfortable in front of the camera. Most people won’t have done a photoshoot or even spent much time in front of the camera before their wedding, which can result in some stiff poses and uncomfortableness on the day of. An e-session will be much more relaxed and low-key, allowing you to get a feel for what it’ll be like on your wedding day, putting your nerves at ease.
Test Out Your Hair and Makeup
If you’re going to have a hair and makeup trial, an e-session would be the perfect time to test it out. You’ll have the chance to see what your makeup looks like in photographs, which can put a lot of brides at ease — wearing more makeup than usual can be a little unsettling, especially when you’re having hundreds of photos taken. You’ll get a little preview of how stunning you’ll look on your wedding day, and will be that much more confident when the day finally arrives.
You’ll Love the Photos
Photos from your e-session will be much more casual than your wedding pictures, and you’ll have some more creative freedom. You can be pictured doing something that you both love, and take some liberties to make your shoot something you’re proud of. Modern engagement sessions are a great way to express your individuality and your relationship — without the stress of the big day, you can just be yourself, have fun, and end up with some creative and unique photos. Some couples even use their engagement photos when sending a save-the-date card, on their wedding website, or in a signing book that they have out on their wedding day.