One of the questions I get asked frequently from my new couples is, “Where should we have our engagement session?”.
Great, question! It’s hard to pick a location! Here is what I advise my couples when they’re trying to find the perfect location for their session:
01. Think of places that are important to both of you!
Where do you enjoy spending time together?
What do you have in common?
Are there places that mean a lot to you as a couple?
Think through these questions together and see if you can come up with a location or two that has meaning in your relationship. I love taking photos for my couples at locations that mean something to them. This makes an engagement session even more unique!
02. Keep Seasons in Mind!
Think about the time of year you’d like to take your engagement photos and what locations may be best during that time of year. For example, if it’s important to you to get photos when all the cherry blossoms are blooming in D.C., then it doesn’t make sense to have your engagement session in December. There will be no blossoms, and you will be highly disappointed in your photos!
You can have BEAUTIFUL engagement photos during all seasons of the year, however some locations are going to be more suitable for a Winter session vs. a Spring session. So keep in mind the season that you’re in, and what will look best during that time of year.
03. What are you wearing?
Make sure that your outfit and your location make sense together. If it’s important to you to wear a super glam dress and high stilettos, then taking photos on a river bank might not make the most sense. You want to look like you belong in the atmosphere you are in! So just think about the look you are trying to achieve.
My couples often pack a dressier outfit and a more casual outfit. We then ensure that we choose locations where those outfits make the most sense. If you’re in doubt that your outfit will look good in a particular location, text a few photos to your photographer and ask! Or bring a few extra outfits with you to your session, and pick out what feels right when you arrive.
04. Communicate with Your Photographer
I promise that your photographer wants to help you achieve beautiful engagement photos! Reach out to them and ask questions! Send them photos of your potential outfit choices and location ideas and get their opinion. They can help you piece everything together! They’d love to help you!
05. Look through Photos that You are Drawn to
When my clients are having a hard time picking a location, I ask them to send me some photos that they like the ‘feel’ of. I’m not asking for poses they like or anything like that, but instead I’m trying to figure out what they are drawn to.
Do you tend to be drawn to photos of couples in cities?
Do you tend to be drawn to photos of couples in the woods?
Do you tend to be drawn to photos of couples on the beach?
See if there are any themes in the photos you like! If you’re loving all beach photos, then hey…go have your engagement session in the sand!
At the end of the day, these are YOUR photos! If you take a little time to really think about your engagement session location you’ll be so happy with the end result!