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How to Plan Your Engagement Session

How to plan your engagement sessionEngagement season is just around the corner. After you have taken time celebrating being engaged, it’s time to start thinking about your engagement session. Today we want to talk about how to plan your engagement session.

The engagement session is one of our favorite parts of our time together because it gives you both a chance to be in front of our cameras before you get married, which is going to make your wedding day experience feel so smooth, seamless and comfortable. Not only that, but we get to create something so special together. You’re going to be married for over fifty years, but you only get to be engaged for this short period of time. We’ve packed this post with all our best secrets for getting the best out of your engagement experience, so let’s dive right in!

4 Tips for How to Plan Your Engagement Session

Choose the Date and Time

We love natural light and believe it creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and true to you as a couple. It’s our belief that the best time to begin engagement sessions is two hours before the scheduled sunset. This time is called “the golden hour”. The light is the dreamiest at this time. Use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. Then, just subtract two hours to figure out your start time. Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months. Make sure to factor that in when choosing your engagement session date. Especially if you’re taking time off work or have evening plans afterward.

To get the most out of your session, plan to arrive a few minutes early. This will give you a little buffer if you run a little behind. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing only one, arrive in that.


Choose the Right Location

The first thing to decide is what background you want to be featured in your session. Do you want nature or the city? Do you like the desert, mountains, beach, lush fields, city architecture, small-town streets? Think about what feels right for you. If a location isn’t somewhere you would ever want to be at any given point, then it is probably not the right location for you.


Think Outside the Box

This is the time to think outside the box! We encourage you to brainstorm unique locations that you might have special access to. Maybe somewhere that most people don’t. For example, maybe you, or someone in your personal or professional network, can secure permission to a location that would otherwise be off-limits, like a beautiful private estate, country club or resort. Maybe it’s a family ranch, upscale hotel or even an airplane hangar. The sky is literally the limit! Spend a few minutes thinking about it and checking around. You’ll be surprised with what you come up with. Plus, if something seems out of reach, just remember: you never know until you ask!


Style Your Session

Want your engagement images to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way to bring a little extra romance to everyday objects. Whether it’s larger items like classic cars, or smaller ones like blankets or hats, even incorporating just one extra styled item, could be a fun way to make your session more unique.


Read our post on how to personalize your engagement session for more ideas.

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