So you want your wedding day photos to be the best they can be. How can you ensure this? Get to know your wedding photographer and make sure they get to know you on a personal level. The best advice I can give is to take advantage of the engagement session. Many may think that it is something that they definitely do not want to do, but there are many benefits in taking advantage of this session. It is also great to get the engagement session done before you get into full on wedding mode. Once you chose you wedding date and photographer, the next step is to get your engagement photos done. The earlier you get the photos done the better, so that you can use them on your save the dates. This is a great way to personalize your wedding experience. You can use your photos to personalize your guest book, wedding program, or send them to your hometown paper to announce your engagement. You will see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day; therefore, the engagement session is the perfect icebreaker to take your photographer from being a stranger to a friend. The engagement sessions allows you a few hours to get to know your pro, listen to how they direct you, and just have fun. I know that when I do engagement sessions I take notice of how the couple interact with each other, who is camera shy and who is not, each of your personalities and what makes them unique. Make sure you ask them any questions that may come to mind. This is the best time to make sure they truly understand you. All of these small details will make an enormous difference in the outcome of your wedding day photos. The benefit of seeing professional photos of you and your fiancé before saying “I Do” is an advantage you do not want to miss. This is the chance to go over all your photos and tell your photographer and angles, poses, or shot that you did not like. You can also tell them the shots and poses that you absolutely loved and want to duplicate on your wedding day. Communicating with your photographer is essential. Consider the engagement session as practice for your wedding day. On your wedding day, you will be surrounded by cameras, not just your photographer, from friends and family trying to memorialize the day. The engagement shoot is a great opportunity to become more confident in front the cameras. Your photographer can advise you to forget about the cameras and pay more attention to each other.