Jordan Simone is a coastal wedding & portrait photographer providing natural and timeless imagery for life’s most beautiful moments. Based in Cape May, NJ & destination.

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Engagement

Why Are Engagement Sessions Important?

Couple kissing and celebrating their engagement at Longwood Gardens

The decision to invest in an engagement session is a thoughtful one, prompting couples to wonder about its genuine value. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the tangible significance of engagement sessions and why they play a crucial role in enhancing your wedding photography experience. Are engagement sessions worth the investment? Absolutely. Let’s uncover 5 reasons engagement sessions are important.

1. Building Genuine Connections:

Engagement sessions go beyond capturing moments; they provide an opportunity for couples to genuinely connect with their photographer. This connection is the bedrock of intimate, authentic, and emotionally resonant wedding photos. Establishing this rapport ensures that your photographer captures the nuances of your relationship, resulting in a collection of images that authentically narrate your connection as a couple and unique story.

2. Previewing Your Wedding Story:

Consider an engagement session as a preliminary glimpse into the visual narrative of your wedding day. It allows couples to familiarize themselves with their photographer’s style, ensuring alignment with expectations for the final wedding photos. This preview not only adds anticipation to the lead-up to the big day but guarantees a harmonious and visually striking representation of your personalities and love story.

3. Comfort in Front of the Camera:

Being in front of the camera can be an intimidating experience for many couples. Engagement sessions act as a comfortable rehearsal, providing a relaxed environment for couples to feel at ease and confident in front of the lens. Discovering your best angles, poses, and expressions during this rehearsal ensures that you radiate authenticity and confidence on your wedding day, resulting in timeless and effortlessly beautiful photographs.

4. Save-the-Date Memories:

Beyond personal growth, engagement sessions offer practical benefits in the form of beautiful photos for save-the-dates and pre-wedding announcements. These images serve as a visual celebration of your love, perfect for sharing the joy and excitement of your impending nuptials with friends and family.

5. Unveiling Your Unique Story:

Engagement sessions become a canvas to showcase the uniqueness of your relationship. Whether it’s shared hobbies, special locations, or sentimental items, these sessions allow couples to incorporate personal touches, making their photos truly one-of-a-kind. Capturing these moments ensures that your engagement photos become a cherished reflection of the journey that led you to your wedding day.

Embarking on the journey toward your wedding day is an exciting chapter, and engagement sessions play a pivotal role in adding depth to your love story. My engagement sessions, lasting 1-1.5 hours, are crafted to make this experience enjoyable and stress-free. When you choose me, you’ll receive a comprehensive engagement session guide, brimming with tips on outfits, seasons, the best time of day, and stunning locations for your session. I take pride in creating a comfortable atmosphere, leaving couples with lasting memories and the assurance that their wedding day photos will authentically and naturally reflect their love.

Ready to capture your unique love story? Book your engagement session here!

Couple celebrating their engagement at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey
Couple lovingly holding each other on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey
Couple kissing on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey
Couple hugging during engagement session photos with colorful fall leaves
Couple petting their dog on the beach during engagement session photos in Avalon, New Jersey
Couple walking and holding hands on the beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey

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behind the lens

MEET Jordan


Photography has stuck with me ever since I first looked through a plastic Fisher Price viewfinder as a child. Like a “wise” young adult, I talked myself out of studying it in college. But like a true artist, I made my way back to it soon enough.  

Despite working in Exercise Science and Occupational Therapy, my camera came with me everywhere I went—family gatherings, friends’ parties, vacations, or just a walk on the beach. It wasn’t long before I officially photographed my first family; falling in love with their stories and the affection between them. Wedding photography quickly became my primary focus. Through the years and working with over 400 clients, I’ve refined my artistic eye, honed my process, and remained just as passionate about people and the connections that form between us. 

Whatever you’re planning or celebrating, I’d be honored to artfully and intentionally capture meaningful moments you’ll treasure forever.