You’re engaged! You’re getting ready to say “I do” but before that special moment comes there is (more than) a few things to do! You may have “take engagement photos” jotted on your seemingly endless wedding To-Do list, but now comes the big question: when should you take your engagement photos?
Here are three things to consider when picking the most optimal time to schedule your engagement session:
Will you be using your engagement photos for a Save the Date card? On a wedding website? Or will they be more for you and your fiancé to remember this time in your life? If you are planning on using your engagement portraits for a save-the-date, we recommend scheduling your session farther in advance. Save-the-dates are generally sent between 4-6 months before a local wedding or 6-8 months prior to a destination wedding. In either case, having your engagement portraits taken between a month to a month and a half before sending your save-the-date cards is ideal to allow time for printing. If you want to use your engagement portraits on your wedding website, you’ll want to have the images in plenty of time to get them uploaded before you start sharing the website link with your guests. And finally, if your images are entirely for personal use, you have much more flexibility! You could take them at any time between getting engaged and tying the knot!
When you’re scheduling your engagement portraits, it might be important to keep the climate in mind! Here in Cincinnati, that mostly means thinking about the seasons! Most couples choose to have their engagement session during the Spring or Fall. In order to work with the heat, a summer session here may entail being up and ready at sunrise for the session or waiting until the hour before sunset. The weather is also a factor if you live in other parts of the country! We suggest imagining your perfect engagement photos (Playing in the snow? Walking through colorful leaves? Splashing at the beach?) and determining which season will best accommodate your vision. Considering your local weather during each season is a great way to narrow down a timeframe that will work best for you.
Planning your wedding can create a busy schedule! Make sure to plan ahead to ensure your availability and your fiancé’s, and then coordinate with your photographer to set the perfect session date. Communication as well as organization is key! We recommend booking your photographer well in advance so you can be sure you are able to find and book your ideal time and location for a dream shoot! When in doubt about any of the above, start by reaching out to your photographer. They will be able to help you with brainstorming locations and figuring out the best timing for your shoot.
We hope these tips help you to determine when your engagement shoot should take place! Before you know it your special day will be here… so enjoy this season and all it has to offer!
If you are thinking about engagement photography, you should probably also be thinking about wedding photography! The engagement shoot is the perfect time to get comfortable with your wedding photographer! Connect with us to find out more about our wedding collection packages.