Oh man. I love, love, love engagement sessions! They are such a good time for us to get to know each other before the big day.
Engagement sessions are kind of like practice for your wedding day, but are much more low-key and with out all the wedding guests watching. Here are some basic tips making the most of your engagement session.
Picking a Location:
Engagement session is a great time to show off your personality as a couple. Often there isn’t time on a wedding day to travel to specific locations that are meaningful to you so an engagement session is a great time to do that.
I often ask couples, if you had a free Sunday afternoon, just the two of you, what would you spend it doing? Would you go on a hike? Go to a museum? Drink coffee at your favorite coffee shop? Take your dog for a walk? Hit up an amusement park? Maybe you’d go antiquing? Or if you got engaged or met someplace unique, these are also a great starting points.
How you spend your free time is a great indicator for what we should do during your engagement session. My hope is always to show an authentic and real representation of you and your love.
If the idea of picking out an engagement spot on top of wedding planning feels overwhelming already that’s okay too! I have lots of ideas and I never want to add stress to the situation. I can suggest a few of my favorite spots and we’ll go from there.
Timing/Scheduling Your Session:
Good light is what makes great photographs. When I’m shooting I’m always looking for locations with the best light. Good light can make almost any location into a great location. We want to shoot when the light is the best, which is usually at the beginning or end of the day. Engagement sessions usually take place around 2 hours before sunset or two hours after sunrise.
Since weekends are often booked with weddings, weeknights tend to be the best time for engagement sessions. But depending on the time of year I’m happy to shoot on the weekends if I’m available.
What to Wear:
My goal is always for you to feel comfortable and confident, so wear your favorite-go-to outfit. I often recommend nothing super tight and try to limit the number of contrasting patterns… for example if one of you is wearing a plaid shirt the other might want to wear a solid color so you don’t have competingpatterns.
Another thing to consider is make sure you are both dressed to the same scale… someone in a fancy dress will look funny if the other person is in jeans and a t-shirt.
You are welcome to bring a second outfit along if you want two different looks, or accessories are a great way to mix things up without changing an entire outfit.
Below is an example of two outfits a pervious couple wore for their engagement session. They decided to have one outfit that was a little dressed up and then a second more casual outfit.