If you're on the fence about having an engagement session, this one’s for you. Maybe you’re camera shy, or feel like engagement photos are unnecessary. The truth is, I get it. It can be weird having your photo taken. However, I still always recommend having an engagement session, and do not offer substitutions for this element of wedding photography packages... Here’s why.
In short, I find engagement photos to be an essential part in successful wedding planning, and I can’t wait to capture you and your fiance!
This is your big opportunity to become comfortable in front of the camera. I don’t know anyone that’s super comfortable with having their photo taken- myself included! That’s why it’s important to have a “test run” before your wedding day. By having an engagement session you’ll learn how to relax, feel at ease, and even look less tense and awkward in your wedding photos. All of that’s pretty important, especially considering how many things you’ll be thinking about when the big day finally arrives.
While I shoot most of my engagement sessions between April and late November, sessions can take place all year. Most of my couples choose a season based on the location where they want to shoot.
A few things to keep in mind during each season:
snowfall, hot cocoa and cozy coats
If you’re planning to take your engagement photos during the winter, keep in mind that we could begin shooting as early as 2:30pm to catch the sunset. I recommend dressing in layers so that in between photos you can warm up. Make sure you bring a little extra makeup and tissues in case your nose begins running.
walks on the beach hand in hand
In spite of the heat, I'm a huge fan of summer sessions! This is the best time of year for Newport engagement sessions, so dates fill up fast! Because of the later sunset, sessions sometimes begin as late as 7pm. If you’re taking your engagement photos during the summer, I recommend bringing extra makeup and a few towels to make sure you stay fresh throughout your session.
Engagement sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. I’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. I normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” a couple has in mind or based on your schedules.
Sessions typically last about an hour and a half and when when we can — I love to begin sessions about two hours before sunset. I prefer to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows and bright sun patches. The first two hours after sunrise is also an ideal time to shoot.
I schedule sessions during what I believe will be the best light of the day - which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises.
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