One of the biggest questions we are constantly asked is, “Where should we take our engagement pictures?” This is a totally valid question. You’re so excited & in love! You’re in the midst or planning your dream day or you just got engaged & are excited to get things going! Taking gorgeous Engagement Photos can jumpstart the whole process & give you memories to share & “officially announce” that your forever after journey has started! Choosing where to take your engagement photos will set the tone for your whole wedding planning journey.
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Here are a few things to consider when choosing where to take your engagement pictures as well as suggestions on when to do them:
1.) Different Seasons:
We always suggest scheduling your engagement session 6 – 8 months prior to the wedding day. It not only gives you enough time to order prints, but you also have time to design & mail your save the dates. The main reason is diversity. If you’re having a “winter or fall wedding” then you want to offset with spring or summer engagements. This provides diversity in colors & outfits you can wear. You want to see a difference between your engagements & your wedding portraits. You don’t necessarily want snow in both! Having a gorgeous spring dress in your Engagement Photo on the wall next to your Epic Snow Wedding will be talked about by all your friends & family.
2.) Different Atmosphere:
We always recommend choosing a location that offsets your wedding day as well. If your wedding is on a ranch or in a barn, we will usually recommend a more urban, downtown setting for your engagements. This is by no means a hard rule. We are all about personalizing your experience to fit what you love, but if you’re open, we recommend choosing a location that doesn’t closely match your wedding venue location. You don’t want your friends asking if your portraits were all shot at the same place. Have fun, think outside the box. Make your friends jealous of your engagement photos.
3.) Sentimental Location:
If you have somewhere that is specifically special to you like the coffee shop where you met every week while dating, the location where you proposed, etc. then these make perfect locations for capturing your engagement portraits. Remember it’s all about your relationship & what makes you special. Always seek permission to shoot there, but they can add a more personal touch to your portraits.
Today we looked at our Professional recommendations for Where you should take your Engagement Pictures, but in the end there’s really no set rules or bad choices for places to capture your love! Think about being unique & doing something that is meaningful to you as a couple. Our biggest goal is to personalize each couple’s wedding photography experience to who they are which also includes giving them an Engagement Session experience that they love! It’s a chance for you to have fun, flirt, be playful with each other, & to capture genuine & authentic moments that you’ll always cherish.