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Melissa is a wedding, elopement, and lifestyle photographer specializing in photographing candid and emotion filled moments with her clients.

 Based in Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco Bay Area. Available for travel worldwide.

Why Hire the Same Photographer for your Engagement Session and Wedding

Hey friends! I’m here to talk about one of the biggest topics in wedding photography – the top 5 reasons to hire the same photographer for your engagement session and wedding! It’s the smartest decision for a consistent and well-rounded experience! I’m a really big fan of working with clients all the way through their wedding experience. Starting with their engagement session all the way through their wedding day. When I’m lucky, I even get to work with my clients far beyond their wedding day and into their futures with their families.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should hire the same photographer for your engagement session and wedding:

Familiarity

Working with the same photographer for both your engagement session and your wedding, you’ll become more familiar with your photographer’s style, personality, and shooting preferences. This can lead to a way more relaxed and comfortable experience, leading to incredible images.

Consistent Style

With the same photographer for both your engagement and your wedding, you can expect a consistent style and quality of photos from beginning to end. This ensures a truly cohesive look for your entire engagement and wedding albums and allows you to tell your story in a way that feels true to your personalities. It really brings out the honesty in who you are as a couple!

Time Savings

Engagement sessions and weddings both require a lot of time and effort to plan, and hiring the same photographer for both can save you time in finding and interviewing new photographers. That process can be a BEAST. You can also use your engagement session as a chance to get to know your photographer better! This will give you the inside opportunity to become even more comfortable with your photographer for your wedding day as well!

San Francisco engagement session at the conservatory of flowers in San Francisco
5 Reasons to Hire the Same Photographer for your Engagement Session and Wedding

Cost Savings

Sometimes, when you choose to work with the same photographer, it can lend to a savings in your investment with them. Photographers often offer different rates for booking multiple events, as they have already invested time and resources into building a relationship with you. For example, I offer all my wedding clients a 10% reduction on their engagement session investment because I deeply believe that working together for both sessions is so important!

Better Planning

When a photographer is familiar with your and your preferences, it can help them plan and execute your engagement session and wedding day in a way that best suits your needs. They’ll be better equipped to provide guidance on locations, direction for your photos, and other details that will help create a memorable and meaningful experience from beginning to end.

engagement session on rooftop, in Petaluma, San Francisco, Bay Area.
Bride and groom walking through hills at sunset at Olympia's Valley Estate in Petaluma, CA.
5 Reasons to Hire the Same Photographer for your Engagement Session and Wedding

To wrap this up, hiring the same photographer for both an engagement session and a wedding is a brilliant choice for any couple who wants to ensure a consistent style and quality of photos, save time and money, and have a better overall experience with yours truly 😉 With the right photographer, you can trust that your memories will be captured beautifully and last a lifetime.

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