When thinking about where to shoot your engagement session, it might hit you right away (that spot where you had your first date?!) but for some, it’s a bit of a head scratcher. Having photographed at countless locations over the years, I’ve stumbled upon some tried and true spots with great light and a beautiful background. First and foremost, though, is choosing a location that suits YOU best!
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?
I prefer to shoot in empty locations because most people don’t like having an audience during our session. If a passerby happens upon us it can make an already nervous subject feel even more uncomfortable. The more you are focusing on each other and not distracted by the environment, the better our shots will be!
Click the photo below to see a few of my favorite spots!
What time should you schedule your session?
My preference is always to start sessions 90 minutes before sunset. This gives us plenty of time to utilize the softest and most flattering light of the day. We also get the opportunity for some beautifully painted skies as a background for an engagement silhouette picture.
How far in advance should you schedule your engagement photos?
For most times of the year 2-3 weeks in advance is usually good. Engagement sessions take place on weekdays, usually in the evening, so depending on your work schedule, you may need to account for more time. Also, the fall is a super popular time for all things photography (and pumpkin) so if your heart is set on a fall session, it’s best to schedule that right away. It’s also very common to get engaged over the holiday season, so most often, we’ll wait until the weather turns around come early spring to schedule your session.
Since most couples book a wedding package that already includes engagement photos, we can talk through ideas at your consultation as well.
What should you wear for your engagement session?
I have LOTS of advice on that! Read my tips and tricks here!