What is the purpose of an engagement shoot? Well apart from the “let’s announce to the world that we are engaged” Facebook post that will ensue, engagement shoots have another purpose. Think of them as a practice run with your wedding photographer. You and your photographer can become comfortable with each other before the big day, so you will not be guarded when they are trying to capture the moments. They also give you great casual pictures to have around your house, to make save-the-date announcements with, and to incorporate in the wedding reception (if that’s your thing).