Engagement Session Frequently Asked Questions

You’re engaged – yay and congratulations! With many things on your “just engaged” to do list, I’m here to make this one a bit easier for you. Here are some of my most frequently asked questions the engagement session, but if I missed any, ask away!

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Do you have any locations you recommend?

YES! Check out my list of favorite locations here! Some couples know exactly where they’d like to have the session, others not so much. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – is there a location that’s significant or special to you? Where you first met? Where you got engaged? Perhaps you’re simply looking for a beautiful location that will make for a scenic background.

 

What should we wear?

One of the most popular questions I get from couples before an engagement session is “what should I wear?!” I always want you to feel comfortable and for you to be yourself. But, there are some guidelines I’ve picked up over the years that can make for a foolproof wardrobe that’s super photogenic – those are all outlined in my blog post, here.


Can I bring my dog?

If you’ve got a furbaby, they are more than welcome to tag along – just make sure you bring along an extra handler for the solo shots. If you’re on the fence about this one, check out this blog post for other ideas and ways to include your pet in your wedding journey, and here’s a list of my top 5 favorite locations for your session with a pup!

 

 

What can we do with the images?

Oh, I thought you would never ask! This is my favorite thing to talk about! There are so many cool ways to share and display photos from your session. Get creative! Create a wall collage, display them in a custom guest book, get a collection of mounted prints to share with the family…the opportunities are endless. Visit my products page to see some the options.

 

When should we schedule the session for?

I like to get engagement sessions on the calendar 2-3 weeks prior to when you want to shoot. If it’s during a peak season in the fall, 4-5 weeks before your desired date is recommended. I typically shoot engagement sessions on weekdays, and we’ll start 90 minutes before sunset.


What happens if it rains?

As the session date approaches, if the weather forecast is looking questionable, we will wait until as late as possible to make the call. Even 3 days in advance is too early to know. Typically for AM sessions, the decision is made the night before. For PM sessions, we decide the morning of. Weather can be so fickle! It can look like rain and hours later, those storm clouds are gone. Don’t fret even if it’s cloudy – clouds make for soft, beautiful lighting! There is no penalty for rescheduling due to bad weather.

 

How long until I can see the photos after the session?

After the session, I go through and select all of the top images and apply basic editing to make you look your absolute best! The order meeting will occur about 3 weeks after your session. We’ll either meet at my Raritan office or over Zoom to look over all of your photos. You will also be asked to submit and pay for all orders at this time.

 

Do you charge a travel fee?

There is no travel fee for the first 15 miles surrounding Raritan, NJ. Locations beyond this would incur a travel fee.

 

How many photos will I receive?

I will sift through all of the photos from our session and deliver roughly 60 of them to you.


A few items to keep in mind:

  • Please be on time for your session! We largely base them on sunset times. If you’re late, the sun won’t wait!
  • If there are any photo permits to be obtained or location fees, it’s the client’s responsibility to obtain the permit and pay for any fees associated.
  • Photoshop: We can’t Photoshop everything out. Photoshop exists as a tool to be used in a handful of cases. If you have concerns about a blemish or something similar, let’s talk ahead of time. In depth editing will be an additional cost after the session if requested by the client.

Any more questions about your engagement session that I didn’t cover? Let’s chat!

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I’m Jenna. I photograph the happy stuff in and around central New Jersey. When I’m not capturing a wedding day or family moment, I’m usually scouring the nearest Trader Joe’s for a new & exciting find!

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