Engagement sessions are an ideal way for you to see how well you and your photographer will work together. They are also great for you and your soon-to-be spouse to practice perfecting your poses for your wedding day portraits.
But is there any specific that you should schedule your engagement session? While you can ask your photographer for some insight on where they suggest consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to you and your significant other.
Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings dueling it out over scrabble? Set up a session at home. The location of your engagement shoot should be one you two are comfortable in. You don’t have to go all out and glamorous if you both are more the laid back and casual. Nor do you have to search for an open field to shoot in if you’d rather shoot in front of a street mural. The location can be any place that will allow you two to act naturally and can have a story behind it. – TopTip ideally you’ll want the location to be quiet and empty otherwise you will spend your session with lots of staining eyes
2. Take the Sun Into Consideration.
If you are choosing a location because of the warm light, or the backdrop you’ll have to schedule your session accordingly. I schedule all of my sessions in the afternoon, when you get the best light! You’ll also want to take into consideration the season as well where the sunset starts later or earlier. This also has a massive effect on the foliage around. If you are shooting around rush hour don’t forget to account for extra travel time. Most of my wedding package all include a Pre Wedding Portrait shoot, but we can add or upgrade your package to include one where you can selection the location!
Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photo bombed by a passerby.
They say that it’s always better to overdress than underdress! That is still the case with Portraits, think about what your background is going to be, and go for a colour that will stand out and compliment you, try to stay clear of Greens and Yellows, as you will normally blend into the background. You can also have a little or a large hint to your wedding colours!