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!
FOR THE OUTDOORS TYPE, HOW ABOUT A CAMPING SESSION?
TAKE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS ON THE ROAD
A BIKE AND BALLOONS MAKE FOR WHIMSICAL SHOTS
DON’T OVERLOOK A COZY COFFEE SHOP
ANYTHING CUTER THAN A RETRO LAKESIDE SESSION?
HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER WHILE ON VACATION!
USE THE WEATHER AS YOUR BACKDROP
IT’S SO PERSONAL TO TAKE PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE PLACE, EVEN A BAR OR BREWERY!
NATURE MAKES A BREATHTAKING BACKDROP
photo: Phil Chester
IN LOVE WITH THE TREND OF ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS AT HOME
photo: Kathy Davies Photography
LOVE WINE? HOW ABOUT A VINEYARD!?
DON’T BE AFRAID TO INCLUDE YOUR HOBBIES
SUNRISE AT THE BEACH IS THE MOST LOVELY TIME
PLAY TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY, ESPECIALLY IF IT’S NEW YORK CITY!
BONUS: FIVE MUST HAVE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
MUST HAVE SHOT: BOTTOM HALF ONLY
MUST HAVE SHOT: THE EXTREME CLOSE UP
MUST HAVE SHOT: THE BLING
MUST HAVE SHOT: THE WIDE ANGLE
MUST HAVE SHOT: THE TWIRL!
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: