Continuing my Tips for Brides series – today’s post is focused on engagement sessions! Scheduling your engagement session is typically the next step after booking your wedding photographer. Plus, it’s definitely one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning – the perfect reason to dress up a little, snuggle your person and be intentional about celebrating and soaking up this season!
Engagement sessions are the perfect time to spend time with and get to know your photographer before the wedding day (and for me to get to know you!) – to see how they work and let them know what’s important to you. You’ll feel much more comfortable on the wedding day having already spent time together and behind the camera for an hour of unrushed portraits. My advice? Think of your session as a fun date and schedule dinner (or breakfast if at sunrise) afterwards to continue the night & have more time together!
Timing: Most of my brides ask when they should have their Save the Dates out to keep in mind when scheduling their session. These are typically sent out about 6 months before the wedding day, and you can always send them a little earlier if you’d like! I have a one-week turnaround on engagement session galleries, so my couples don’t have to add too much of a buffer to their 6-month mark.
Setting: Keep in mind the season and type of setting you want your photos taken in. Do you want a downtown look, lots of greenery, fall colors, somewhere by the water or an open field? Do you have any spots that are special or unique to the two of you? Also keep in mind that lighting is typically best in the 2 hours before sunset, or 2 hours following sunrise, so those are the times we will aim to schedule!
Outfits: My couples have the opportunity for an outfit change in the middle of their session to add some variety to their images. You may want to choose one “dressier” outfit and one more casual, two dressy, two casual, etc. – just make sure that whatever you wear fits YOU and feels comfortable! My couples receive my “what to wear” guide as well as a link to my Pinterest Board for outfit inspo!
Ways to use your images: Besides Save the Dates, your engagement pictures are perfect for using in a guest book (check out Artifact Uprising for a high-quality but not too expensive option), to print out and frame for decor at your wedding, frame for your new home, or even give as gifts for family (especially around the holidays!)