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January 17, 2017

Hooray, you’re engaged, congratulations!!! Now what?! It’s the million dollar question brides-to-be always ask us here at I Love Love Events. After you have a budget, a guest estimate, set a date and choose a venue it’s time to hire a photographer and that means, engagement photos! When should you take engagement photos? If you are thinking of using a photo for the save-the-date you’ll want to schedule the session at least 7 to 8 months before the wedding. Once you have the photos taken they will need to be edited, then have the save-the-dates printed in time to send out about 5 to 6 months before the wedding. If you are not planning to use the photos for your save-the-dates, your timeline is more flexible. You can work with yours and your photographer’s schedule and shoot according to season if you have something specific in mind.

I’ve had clients ask me if engagement photos are “worth it,” and to that I answer with a resounding, “YES!” First, many photographers include the engagement session in their package, so it is no additional charge to you. Second, it is the most important time to bond with your photographer. You will be spending your entire wedding day with this person, you want to develop a trust and a rapport. Finally it’s a chance to dress up and take photos in a setting much more relaxed than your wedding day, and best of all, you get to let your personality shine. Photographers love unique engagement shoots that allow the couple to show their colors. In case you are stumped, I have rounded up 15 great ideas as a jumping off point for you. And, as a bonus, I’ve included my top five must have shots!

15 Awesome Ideas for Your Perfect Engagement session.


FOR THE OUTDOORS TYPE, HOW ABOUT A CAMPING SESSION?

A camping session is perfect for the outdoorsy couple. photo: Gina and Ryan Photography // via: Inspired By This


TAKE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS ON THE ROAD

ROAD TRIP ENGAGEMENT photo: Gabe Aceves // stylist: A Trendy Wedding // via: Green Wedding Shoes


A BIKE AND BALLOONS MAKE FOR WHIMSICAL SHOTS

BIKE AND BALLOONS photo: Pricila Valentina // via: Green Wedding Shoes


DON’T OVERLOOK A COZY COFFEE SHOP

COFFEE SHOP photo: Caroline Frost Photography // via: Style Me Pretty


ANYTHING CUTER THAN A RETRO LAKESIDE SESSION?

LAKESIDE ENGAGEMENT photo: Christina McNeill // via: Snippet & Ink


HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER WHILE ON VACATION!

ROME photo: In Love in Itaaly // via: Fly Away Bride


USE THE WEATHER AS YOUR BACKDROP

SNOW ENGAGEMENT photo: Stephanie Sunderland // via: Le Magnifique Blog


IT’S SO PERSONAL TO TAKE PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE PLACE, EVEN A BAR OR BREWERY!

If you love beer, go to a brewery to shoot your engagement photos. photo: Sara Logan // via: Coastal Bride


NATURE MAKES A BREATHTAKING BACKDROP

Find a breathtaking landscape to use as your engagement photo backdrop. photo: Phil Chester


IN LOVE WITH THE TREND OF ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS AT HOME

Take a relaxed engagement photos at home. photo: Kathy Davies Photography


LOVE WINE? HOW ABOUT A VINEYARD!?

A vineyard makes a lovely backdrop for engagement photos. photo: Heather Anderson Photography // venue: Europa Village


DON’T BE AFRAID TO INCLUDE YOUR HOBBIES

Don't be afraid to include your hobbies in your engagement photos. photo: Brian Whitt // styling: Type A Society // hair & make-up: Jessica Wilcox // via: Once Wed


SUNRISE AT THE BEACH IS THE MOST LOVELY TIME

Sunrise make the perfect engagement backdrop. photo: Jo Photo // via: Something Turquoise


PLAY TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY, ESPECIALLY IF IT’S NEW YORK CITY!

TOP OF THE ROCK photo: You Look Lovely Photography // via: Style Me Pretty


BONUS: FIVE MUST HAVE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS


MUST HAVE SHOT: BOTTOM HALF ONLY

Must have engagement shot: bottom half only photo: Sweet Monday Photography // via: Ruffled


MUST HAVE SHOT: THE EXTREME CLOSE UP

Must have engagement shot: extreme close up photo: M.K. Sadler // via: Once Wed


MUST HAVE SHOT: THE BLING

Must have engagement shot: the ring photo: Still 55 Photography // via: Style Me Pretty


MUST HAVE SHOT: THE WIDE ANGLE

Must have engagement shot: the wide shot photo: Max Wagner // via: A Cup of Jo


MUST HAVE SHOT: THE TWIRL!

Must have engagement shot: the twirl photo: Sean Carr Photography // via: Junebug Weddings


Lauren of i love love events

Lauren Koster is the owner of I Love Love Events, a New York based wedding planning company that specializes in the unique and handmade look. Her eclectic style and modern hipster vibe always has us entranced. We always love when she graces our blog with her monthly “Steal This Style” article. Want to know more? You can personally follow or find her from these links below:

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