October 3, 2011
Up until now we’ve been offering engagement sessions as a part of our wedding photography packages.
Engagement sessions are very popular in Vancouver, as well as pretty much anywhere in North America, and the idea is to get photos done together before you’re getting married.
That’s all fine and dandy, and we dig the idea of doing a photo shoot before the wedding. It’s an awesome way for us to get to know couples and it’s a great way for couples to get an additional set of photos, as well as to get comfortable with us.
What we don’t like, however, is the term ‘Engagement Session’. We think it’s lame, to be honest, and the notion of an “Engagement Session” feels contrived and fake.
Another thing we don’t like is that so many people get the photos done in a place that has no meaning to them, doing things that mean nothing to them. Like awkwardly posing in a park they’ve barely even been to just because it’s nice, it’s safe and it’s what people are “supposed to do”.
That’s not what we want to offer couples.
But we do want to do photo sessions with couples before their wedding. So that’s why we’re replacing the engagement sessions with another, slightly different kind of session. Taking the good parts of engagement sessions and getting rid of the bad ones. Starting with the name.
We call them “Document You“.
We want to photograph people in their element. Document them.
So basically, “Document You” is a photography session where the couple and their personalities are in focus (mind the pun). We document the things that matter to the couple. We join them in their element, in something that is meaningful to them.
It can be as simple as having a beer together at the bar you always go to. Or go bowling together. Or spend an evening on your boat. Or go to a hockey game.
It can be anything, really, as long as it’s real.
That brings us to the experience we recently had at the Sundance Guest Ranch, just outside of Ashcroft in the British Columbia Interior.
Amber and Bryan live at the ranch so we decided to do pictures with them in their element, where they spend so much of their time together, doing the things they usually do. We were thrown into a situation that’s far from what we’re used to, but Amber and Bryan felt totally comfortable doing their thing. Which is exactly the point.
We want to document you and the things you do together. We don’t want to take posey photos of you in a park.
Amber and Bryan’s western Document You session was featured on The Lane.