Sarah Beth & Gavriel Wedding Sneak Peek - St. Louis, Missouri

Mazel Tov Sarah Beth and Gavriel! Such an honor to be able to photograph another second generation wedding! Your day was filled with special touches that were uniquely yours, including the many speeches during the Bedeken, Tisch, Ceremony and Reception. As you look through your photos there are many smiles captured throughout the day which just shows what a joyful day this was to everyone. Wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

Why are Engagement Photos so Important?

Engagement Photos Are Special

You’re engaged. Congratulations! And now you’re thinking about engagement photos, right?

Muny at Forest Park -        St. Louis, Missouri

Muny at Forest Park -        St. Louis, Missouri

Family Estate

Family Estate

SLU Campus - St. Louis, Missouri

SLU Campus - St. Louis, Missouri

Engagement photos commemorate a very special moment in time. Engagement photos mark the beginning of your journey together. You’ll look back on these photos for years to come. You will remember where you were in life and your relationship. Capture this moment in time.

Beyond the sentiment, why should you have engagement photos taken?

Family Estate

Family Estate

Engagement Photos Perks

Family Estate

Family Estate

Engagement photos can set your expectations for wedding photos. When choosing your photographer for engagement photos, choose the same person to photograph your wedding. By doing this, you’re giving yourself and your soon-to-be spouse an opportunity to get to know your photographer. Getting to know your photographer and their process means that you will have greater confidence on your wedding day and after. You know what to expect from them.   

Calm your photography-related wedding jitters. Take the opportunity to become more comfortable with having your photos taken. Take the opportunity to practice focusing on each other while you’re being photographed. Try to relax and be yourselves while your photographer does all the work. 

Engagement photos serve more than one purpose— you can use your beautiful engagement photos for announcements, save-the-date cards, your guest book at the wedding, or a signature board. If you’re choosing Joel Marion Photography for your engagement photos, you can have them taken anywhere in the St. Louis area. So, if there’s a special location that holds a lot of sentimental value to you both, then you can use that spot as the backdrop that sets the narrative for your entire engagement.

Use your engagement photos to let your friends and family know about the engagement and your excitement for this new chapter.

Choosing a Photographer

No matter who you choose as your photographer for your wedding photos, the engagement photos are a great opportunity for you to get to know your photographer. It’s also the perfect chance for your photographer to get to know you, your soon-to-be spouse, and your preferences. They will get a chance to see how the two of you interact before your wedding, which is good to know so they can accurately tell your story through photography.

Because your photographer will have a chance to interact with you both as a couple during your engagement photos, they will know how to coax a smile from you both when one is needed on your wedding day. It means that you’ll be able to see how they work first-hand.

Central West End -            St. Louis, Missouri

Central West End -            St. Louis, Missouri

West St. Louis County

West St. Louis County

Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium

Additionally, you’ll have experience with your photographer’s workflow before the wedding. You’ll see their professionalism, their turnaround time, and the quality of images delivered to you before the wedding. It can take a little weight off your shoulders not to have to worry about how your wedding photos will turn out.

When you’re choosing your photographer, start by looking at their portfolio. Do you like their style? Are the photos of the same, consistent quality? What is the general impression you receive from their work?

Layfette Square - St. Louis, Missouri

Layfette Square - St. Louis, Missouri

Central West End - St. Louis, Missouri

Central West End - St. Louis, Missouri

Once you’ve picked a few photographers whose style aligns with your personal style and photography expectations, check out their testimonials. Learn more about their experience. How long have they been in business? Are they full-time photographers? How many weddings have they photographed? Many years of experience is a good thing.

After you’re sure they are experienced and their style is what you’re looking for, schedule a time to meet. Get to know them. Take a look at their albums. See if your personalities work well together. Make sure you like your photographers because you need to feel comfortable while getting your photos taken for the best possible result.

Muny at Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Muny at Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri

Why You Should Choose Joel Marion Photography

And of course, consider Joel Marion Photography. Our approach is to capture the emotion and the beautiful moments of your life, such as an engagement. You focus on being relaxed and in the moment; we will gently guide you with poses. We will find just the right angles and distances to capture the emotion of your engagement in the most complimentary way.

Because editing and retouching is an important part of the process to capture the most beautiful images possible, we complete all editing and retouching ourselves. This allows us to choose the images that best represent you both, edit them, and get them to you quickly. We are also experienced in coordinating with other wedding and engagement vendors on things such as save-the-date cards. We will make sure they have the images needed in the best format in a timely manner.

Central West End - St. Louis, Missouri

Central West End - St. Louis, Missouri

Because we understand that this is the only opportunity to capture these important moments in your life, we document the moment in a lifestyle fashion that freezes that moment in time for you to look at and live in the moment over and over for years to come.

To see more of our work with weddings, please check out our Wedding Gallery.

Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park

Forest Park

Forest Park

Layfette Park

Layfette Park

Downtown St. Louis, Missouri

Downtown St. Louis, Missouri

Caleb's Bar Mitzvah - Shaare Emeth & Marriott West - St. Louis, Missouri

In a galaxy... not so far away Jedi Caleb graduated in his torah training and completed his Bar Mitzah at Shaare Emeth. For his celebration, the Marriott West was transformed into a Star Wars extravaganza, which included lightsabers, glowing orbs, a Mos Eisley Cantina for cocktail hour, and Star War props to fill out the room and Monkey Business Photo Booth. The evening ended with all the fellow stormtroopers dancing the night away to RPM's beats. Mazel Tov Caleb! 

Kelly & Pat Wedding Sneak Peek - Marriott Grand - St. Louis, Missouri

Congratulations Kelly and Pat! We were so excited to photograph another one of Kelly's family weddings. The both of you were an amazing couple to work with and we were so happy to have some amazing late fall light to capture your moments. We wish you both the best! Congratulations!