By Ashley Gordon with Virginia Ashley Photography

1. SNUGGLE WITH YOUR BAE
This is an excuse for you and your sweetheart to love on each other throughout the entire session. It’s a nice break from the busy wedding planning to snuggle with each other for pictures. Afterward, you can even plan a fun date night. You are all dressed up anyway, why not take advantage and do something special afterward?

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2. PRACTICE FOR THE BIG DAY
This is an excuse for you and your sweetheart to love on each other throughout the entire session. It’s a nice break from the busy wedding planning to snuggle with each other for pictures. Afterward, you can even plan a fun date night. You are all dressed up anyway, why not take advantage and do something special afterward?

3. FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
This is a chance for you to get to know your photographer. It’s the ideal time for everyone to warm up to each other. By the time of your wedding, everyone will feel more like friends and you’ll be much more relaxed in front of the camera. You’ll be able to trust that your photographer will make you look amazing.

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4. HAVE PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS
For a lot of couples, this is the first time they’ve had professional portraits taken with each other. Not only will you get formal pictures in their wedding attire, but you’ll also have casual pictures from your engagement session too. It’s another excuse to have some pictures printed to decorate your new home together!

5. PICTURES OF THE WHOLE FAMILY
This is a great time to include the whole family in photos. Yes, that means your fur babies!

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6. GET PICTURES IN A MEANINGFUL PLACE
When choosing a location, plenty of couples pick somewhere that has a deeper meaning to them. It can be your favorite winery, your local neighborhood hangout or even the location of where you first met. It makes your engagement photos even more special knowing that they were taken at a location that was meaningful to you! What a great story to tell all your invited guests!

7. FEEL LIKE A ROCK STAR
Having a photo session done can boost your confidence. Your photographer will love on you during your session and encourage you the entire time! You’ll leave your session feeling on cloud nine AND get some awesome portraits from it too. After that, wedding day portraits will feel like a piece of cake!

Ashley is a photographer in the Richmond area, but loves to travel all over! Photography allows her to meet couples and shower them with love while making them feel relaxed in front of the camera. If you’d like Ashley to photograph your big day, visit her website: www.virginiaashleyphotography.com.