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Happy Monday, friends! This week we have a fun giveaway contest … check back tomorrow for the details! For today, we have a post on engagement sessions from Shawna Noel Photography.

Engagement sessions are a great way to get that perfect photo to announce your engagement in the newspaper, but it’s not the only reasons to schedule a session.

As photographers, we love shooting engagement sessions because it gives us a chance to get to know our clients before the wedding. We get a sense of what kind of a couple they are — do they like to laugh, be serious, smile a lot? Also, our clients get an idea of how we work and gives them an idea of what to expect from us on the wedding day. It’s a win-win for everyone.

We’ve seen really creative uses for engagement photos in the last couple of years. You can use a photo for the newspaper, of course, but there are so many other things you can do. You can use them as part of your centerpieces on your reception tables to add a personal element to each table. They make adorable backgrounds for table numbers, too.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, couples have been using their engagement photos in photo sign-in books. Guests can then leave messages to the couple in the book instead of just signing their name. It makes a great keepsake for after the wedding.

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Other ideas for engagement photos :
• Frame a photo with a large matte for guests to sign on
• Arrange engagement photos on a table with other family wedding photos
• Use in a banner above the head table

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This post was written by Shawna Noel Photography. Shawna Noel Photography is modern wedding and portrait studio in Grand Forks, N.D., that creates relaxed portraits and captures real moments . Here’s a Q+A with Shawna ::

How long have you been in business?
Shawna started Shawna Noel Photography in 2004 as a part-time business while she was working at a newspaper. Eventually she left the newspaper to work at Shawna Noel Photography full-time. Associate photographer
Kory Wallen has been working with Shawna since 2004.

Who is your ideal client?
Shawna and Kory’s ideal clients are modern, creative couples that want unique images from their wedding day.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Shawna loves getting to know her clients and enjoys working with them on one of the biggest days of their lives. Kory loves only working one day a week (he’s kidding, we think!).

Did you go to school for your job or are you self-taught?
Both Shawna and Kory attended college and majored in photography. They started to define their style in college while working at the student newspaper (where they met in the darkroom) and interning for local portrait, wedding, and commercial photographers.

Check out the Shawna Noel blog here to see more examples of engagement photos and wedding images.

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