Engagement Photos // Why are they a good idea?

Do you have an offbeat, free spirit? Do you live in the DC Metro area? Are you ENGAGED!?

Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC spread of engagement photo books

Erika Nizborski is offering complimentary engagement photo sessions to all of her new clients through December 31, 2016! 

Hello, my name is Erika Nizborski! I am a DC area photographer and proud supporter of Catalyst and their mission.  I photograph a lot of different things: people, portraits, political events, and my favorite — WEDDINGS! When I meet with engaged couples and chat with them about wedding photography, it’s rare for them to ask me about engagement photos.  I’m usually the one who asks them if they are interested, and I’m generally met with shrugged shoulders.

Couples frequently ask me what they should be used for.  Personally, I used my own engagement photos for our wedding website and printed the best ones and framed them for parents and grandparents (great gift idea!). My clients who have chosen to have an engagement session have also used the photos on their ‘Save the Dates,’ and I’ve even started to make guest books with the pictures.

Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC save the date card
Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC engagement Picture Photo book

Those may be some of the ways you can use the photos from your engagement session, but do you really want to know why I think having the engagement photo session is so important? Because the couple gets to know the photographer, and the photographer gets to know the couple! Typically, couples come to me about a year to nine months away from the BIG DAY, and we either meet for coffee, or if they are not from the area all we get is a Facetime call. A year is a very long time, and without the engagement session a photographer can literally forget what the couple looks and sounds like! During the session I can also learn how you interact as a couple.  I’ll study your body language, learn your individual preferences and we can all get comfortable being with one another.

Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC engagement photos for two couples
Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC couple holding hands walking down a path

Another great reason to have an engagement photo session is to include something personal that you may not be able to have with you on the big day. I’ve had a few clients that really wanted to incorporate their four-legged family member or a mutual hobby in their photos. Or, you can pick a location for the session that may not be possible to get to on your wedding day.  Many of my couples have returned to the place they first met or a place that is special to them. You can really express your style as a couple in these photos in ways that wouldn’t be possible on your wedding day.

Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC engagement photos of one couple cooking and another couple with their dog
Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC couple holding hands on bridge with dog sitting between them
Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC engagement photos of couple by river

Your wedding day is a detailed event that you plan for a very long time. Many couples I meet with have been planning for months or even years!  There are multiple vendors that need to be hired and countless decisions that need to be made. You might hire a planner, someone who you will converse and meet with multiple times before the big day. At the venue, you may make a few visits and have a final walk thru. For the catering, there will be multiple tastings before you decide on your final menu. The florist will likely be about two consults. You’ll also meet with the band or DJ at least once to decide on a music playlist.

For many couples the wedding photographer is a large portion of the overall budget (typically second next to catering) so I firmly believe that they should meet their photographer more than once before the wedding day. The engagement session is a perfect opportunity to learn about my couples and find out exactly what they want and expect from me.

Erika Nizborski Wedding Photography DC engagement photo and photo at reception

Since I feel that having an engagement photo session is so important, I’m offering complimentary engagement photo sessions to all of my new clients thru December 31, 2016! E-mail me at erika@erikanizborski.com to get the ball rolling!

So, did I open your mind up to the importance of engagement photos?  You can view more of my work on my website www.erikanizborski.com . I’d love to hear from you!

Photo of erika nizborski by victoria ruan


Since 2010 I have been shooting professionally. After earning my BFA in photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art+ Design, I decided to take the skills and craft that I learned and apply it to wedding, event, and portrait photography. I tell stories through my imagery. I believe in arriving early and staying late to make sure I capture everything from the beginning to the end. It takes patience in waiting for the decisive moments, and that’s what I’m good at.
Currently I’m living in Hyattsville, Maryland located just outside the District. My husband, Steve, and I are in the process of restoring our 1920s bungalow, which we purchased five years ago. When I’m not shooting a gig or working on a personal photo project you can find me refinishing things like radiator covers or working on my gardening skills!

Photo taken by Victoria Ruan