Congratulations on your engagement!
Your photographer will contact you before the end of the next business day to schedule your session. Until then, here are some ideas to help you prepare. Besides being an opportunity to get some great photos of you two, an engagement session lets you practice loosening up so you can be yourself around your photographer. This is a great opportunity to share your creative vision, practice some fun poses, and get ready for close-ups on your big day!
Best of all, an engagement session is an expression of your personality. Choose a location that tells something about the two of you. First dates, proposals, favorite hang outs, all of these can make great spots for the engagement shoot.
Pick a theme to your session, choose a season you love, or let your photographer guide you through the choices. The engagement session is all about the two of you.
Quick Tips: Making the most of your engagement session
- Locations: Pick somewhere special to you
- Attire: Solid colors that complement work best.
- Mood: Relax, this will be fun! The best images come from having a good time.
Important Scheduling Information
During wedding season (April through October) most photographers will be shooting weddings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Engagement sessions are generally done week day afternoons or evenings.
Location, Location, Location
There are many great locations for your engagement sessions. Think about what “feel” you would like your images to have. Would you like a scenic park or an urban location? Is there somewhere special to you – maybe where you met or got engaged? Choose a location that tells something about the two of you. First dates, proposals, favorite hang outs, all of these can make great spots for the engagement shoot.
Pick a theme to your session or choose a season you love. Of course, if you have trouble deciding, your photographer will be happy to suggest a location.
Pinterest is full of ideas and props to use for your engagement session. While it can be fun to pin a lot to your inspiration board, it can be more challenging to incorporate them all into your engagement session. It’s a good idea to narrow down your choices and consider which ones will be easiest to haul around your shooting locations.
- Chalkboards are a versatile prop for your session. They can help to save the date or share a message.
- Blankets and picnic baskets are perfect for a simple, romantic vibe.
- Hearts, flowers and other fun items can add a playful feeling to your engagement images.
- Complimentary (or competing) jerseys can share your love of your favorite team and work well if visiting stadium locations.
Make sure to share your ideas when you talk with your photographer so they can plan to make the best use of your session time.
- If you plan to include your pet, bring a dog handler with you.
- Bring a bottle of water. It’s important to stay hydrated.
What to Wear
Choose simple patterns or solid colors that complement each other. If one of you will be wearing a pattern, we recommend the other wear a solid. Medium to dark shades create a timeless look. Soft shades enhance lighter backgrounds. Long-sleeved shirts are best since short sleeves can be distracting and sleeveless tops can look too casual. If you want to wear a sleeveless shirt, bring a sweater or jacket for some of the images. Select small accessories that do not detract, such as simple earrings, pins and necklaces. Your shoes will show in some of your images, so it might be best to leave the old sneakers behind.
If your makeup artist for your wedding day offers a trial run of your wedding day look, consider doing so for your engagement session. If you’ll be doing your own makeup, you may want to amp it up a bit. Playing up your eyes is great for photos so going a little heavier with your shadow or using false eyelashes can be a great look. Glitter products and mineral wear makeup may reflect light in an unnatural way so you might want to use them minimally or not at all. Lip gloss is great until you’re outside on a windy day. Choose your lip wear carefully.
What to Expect After Your Engagement Session
2 Weeks After Your Session
You will receive an email link to your online digital proof gallery. You may share your link and password with family and friends if you like.
All proof images from your online gallery will be included on your flash drive. The files come with full personal copyrights for you to share, print and use the files as you wish. If your wedding photography package included additional engagement products or you choose to add them on before your engagement session, our design department will contact you with further information.
Your Engagement Images
All of image proofs receive basic color temperature and exposure correction. These digital negatives from the gallery are not retouched. Images ordered as prints or used in purchased products will receive basic retouching and/or photo enhancement. Images ordered as prints or used in purchased products will be retouched before printing. The basic retouching includes:
- Minor blemish removal
- Minor stray hair removal
- Minor wrinkle softening
- Softening and lightening under eyes
- Teeth whitening
- Skin softening
- Cropping (as requested)
Cards, Magnets and Postcards:
Use your engagement images to create personalized cards, magnets or postcards for save the dates. You’ll work with one of our designers to create a personalized stationary piece to share with family and friends.
Photo guest books are a great way to display your engagement images. Custom designed from your engagement images, space is left in the design to allow wedding guest to leave you messages to treasure forever. You’ll work with a designer to create a unique design with your images.
Prints and Fine Art Products:
Display your images with beautiful print from our professional print lab. Or select from our line of Fine Art Products to create a gorgeous way to present your images.
If your wedding photography package included additional engagement products or you choose to add them on before your engagement session, our design department will contact you with further information. They will walk you through the steps for creating your personalized cards, magnets or postcards. If you’ve selected a guest book, they will put together a customized initial design for you. No worries though, you always have the option of changing the images or layout before it goes to print. Your designer will work with you on any changes you require.
- Turn around time on cards, magnets and postcards is 1-2 weeks once ordered.
- Turn around time on guest books, including design changes is 6 weeks.
Important Things to Remember
- Your photographer will contact you before the end of the next business day.
- During wedding season, photographer availability is limited on weekends.
- Your engagement images will be ready 2 weeks after your session.
- An engagement session includes all of your high res proof files on disc.
- If you’d like to use props in your images, please make sure to bring them with you.
- You’ll probably do some walking. A pair of flip flops is perfect to wear between locations; you can slip on your heels before photography starts.