Why Do Engagements?

Why Do Engagement Photos?


This is a tough question that has come up several times when talking with clients. As a photographer, I know and have experienced the benefits of doing engagement sessions. Here are a couple of reasons why doing engagement photos will benefit you and your fiancé.

1.You get a trial run with your photographer

I’ve heard, and have even been called by brides, about brides and grooms that had their engagements taken by a professional photographer and the images ended up being completely different than what is represented on the website or their personalities did not click at all. This is a great way to try out your photographer and see if they are consistent with what they show as their work. This is also a great way to see if they are true to their word on timelines and quality of customer service.

2.See if personalities match

There are incredible photographers everywhere, truly. I am based out of Denton, TX, (but I sure don’t mind traveling lol) and I am blown away by the talent here, as well as all over the DFW metroplex. However, you can have the most incredible photographer and y’all’s personalities just don’t click (no pun intended) during the photoshoot. It’s not that they aren’t great at what they do, it is just that the chemistry isn’t working. Since you did a shoot with them and see that you will not feel comfortable with them on the wedding day, you still have time to find another one. It will take some work, but better safe than feeling awkward at your own wedding.

3. More comfortable with your fiancé

Yes, selfies with your fiancé count as photography, but posing and working with each other during a professional shoot is a whole new ballgame. During the shoot, you both will probably be awkward and uncomfortable at first, but it gets easier and more fun the longer the shoot goes. This will lead into the wedding day and help you both know how to pose and what the photographer will probably direct you to do. Also, you get to see yourselves in the photos and figure out if you want to do anything different during posing on the wedding day.

4. It benefits the photographer

I love doing engagements! I’m a huge advocate for them for the above reasons, and many more. I get a chance to figure out the couple and see what type of shots and poses fit their personalities. Plus, we get more comfortable with each other and it makes the wedding day a lot more relaxed and enjoyable. Also, I look at their faces and expressions over a 1000 TIMES and notice what poses and directions compliments them the most.

So, to sum it up, DO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS. I know it is more money, but I’ve heard the stories and have been contacted by a couple of brides because of their bad experiences during these shoots and it helped them tremendously. I’m not saying this to my credit, it just happens and was thankfully fixed in time.

One more thing…CONGRATS!!!

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Dan and Meagan: Coppell-TX-Engagement-Photos

Dan and Meagan Engagement

We met in the evening at a beautiful park that was new to me, Grapevine Springs Park. Dan and Meagan were a lot of fun to work with. They both made each other laugh and Dan could just say one word and make Meagan burst out in laughter. Fun shoot. Enjoy your engagement photos sneak peek.


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David and Stacy: Wedding-Photos-Photographer- Krum-TX-Barnett Estates

David and Stacy

I was honored to capture David and Stacy’s wedding at the Barnett Estates in Krum, TX on June 9th. This is a one-of-a-kind venue with a cool country style and a good amount of land for photos. It had rained that morning and, thankfully, it quit early enough to be soaked up by the hot Texas sun.

I met David and Stacy in Arizona at Delia and Cody’s wedding, her brother. They are both two people that are easy to get along with. It was a wonderful day for all the family and friends. Congrats to both David and Stacy, and THANK YOU for letting me be a part of it. Enjoy.



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Ermir and Mia:Wedding-Photos-Photographer-Denton-TX-Wildwood Inn

Ermir and Mia

The day began with a stormy night before and rainy morning. By God’s grace, the clouds cleared up and it was a beautiful day at the Wildwood Inn. Mia and Ermir and incredibly sweet, humble people. Meeting through the common love of music, they both are brilliant at what they do. It was evident that friends and family loved them both by seeing their large smiles with Mia walked down the isle to the poignant toasts of dear friends and family. I was truly honored to be your wedding photographer and take your wedding photos in Denton, TX. Thank you Ermir and Mia, and congrats!

Venue:Wildwood Inn (

Cake: Spiral Diner

Florist: Vella Nest Floral

Car Rental: DFW Vintage Cars (

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Adam and Andrea: Wedding-Photos-Photographer-Fort Worth-TX-Botanical Gardens

Adam and Andrea

It didn’t seem that long ago since I had the pleasure of photographing Adam and Andrea’s engagement photos on the Square in Denton, TX. Here they are now, married with cute baby. It was a beautiful wedding with the magnificent Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens as the backdrop last weekend, along with a really fun reception with AN AIRPLANE IN THE ROOM!!! Congrats Adam and Andrea, and thank you so much for letting me have the honor of photographing your wedding. Enjoy the pics.

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Whitney and Ethan:Wedding-Photos-Photographer-Denton-TX-Wildwood Inn

Whitney and Ethan

I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this wedding. I shot Whitney and Ethan’s Justice of the Peace wedding at the Denton Courthouse more than a year ago. I was really excited when they contacted me last year about photographing their wedding, again. This time, I was able to be their wedding photographer at the beautiful Wildwood Inn in Denton, TX. It was a wonderful day and cool weather for this time of the year. It was wonderful seeing them both, and being a part of their great wedding. Really sweet couple and awesome family. Congrats, and I enjoy the photos y’all two.


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Carlos and Clarissa: Wedding-Photos-Photographer-Denton-TX-Church-Square

Carlos and Clarissa

It was such a wonderful day with these two at the First United Methodist Church in Denton, TX. Beautiful families with love everywhere. Pastor Don was the first person I met out of the families and he was incredibly kind and easy to speak with. Carlos is a boy at heart and Clarissa is a creative soul. Both were wonderful to get to know and work with on such a beautiful Spring day. I’m so thankful to have gotten to take y’all’s wedding photos and to be your wedding photographer, Carlos and Clarissa, on your big day at such a beautiful church and and honored that you let me be a part of it. Congrats, and God bless!




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Jake and Emily:Engagement-Photos-Photographer-Denton-TX-Square

Jake and Emily

This was a fun shoot at the beautiful Denton Square. We stopped by the coffee shop where they had their very first date; West Oak Coffee Bar (my wife and I also had our first date at a coffee shop). They both made each other laugh a lot and didn’t mind getting close in front of the walking crowds. Brave. The weather was just fantastic, though very windy. Very honored to have this opportunity to take your engagement photos in Denton, TX, Jake and Emily. Enjoy the pics everyone, and please go to West Oak Coffee Bar if you haven’t.



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Maddie and Byron:Wedding-Photography-Photographer-Kilgore-TX

Maddie and Byron

Ok, so who doesn’t want to take wedding photos on a family ranch in East Texas? What made this day even better was their amazing personalities and laid-back demeanors. Plus, they are as cool as they look.

I had two weddings this past weekend, and both days had just wonderful weather. The beautiful sun-shining day really made the countryside look all the more idyllic. The wedding was wonderful with friends and family sitting around a huge tree in front of Maddie’s grandparent’s house, surrounded by tall pine trees. There was celebration and really good food from the food truck. At the end of the celebration, we drove down their road and finished off the photos with some shots in the pine trees, a regular place where Maddie and family would explore and play in. So awesome. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it. Enjoy.

Congrats Maddie and Byron!


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