Some of the most common questions I receive when working with engaged couples (other than needing help planning out their wedding day timeline) is about how to plan their engagement session. Often times they are unsure where to go, or they wonder what to do with their time. Today I’m going to talk more about engagement photo ideas – complete with examples and ideas that will help spark conversations to plan your own engagement photos.
The biggest piece of advice I can give is to select locations or activities that are meaningful and important to the two of you. This will almost always result in better images. Think about how you like to spend time together, as well as activities and locations you both enjoy, when considering options. If you select something important to you both, then you are well on your way to creating a memorable experience that works best for you. Engagement sessions last around 1-2 hours, depending on the location and activity you’ve chosen. We generally work in the last two hours before sunset when outdoors, or almost any time when indoors.
Some location and activity ideas include: a park that is a favorite hangout; a beer brewery or winery; an art museum; the college campus where you met; riding a rented trolley, canoe or boat; a fair or carnival with rides; a destination or public garden; a picnic in a park or by a river; a barn; a bowling alley; an antique store; a skating rink; a playground; or a baseball field.
As a side benefit, an engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get some practice in front of a camera before your big day. The photos we capture from an Engagement session are also perfect for Save-the-Date announcements, Guest Books, Engagement Albums or Gift Prints. They are often cherished by couples simply because they showcase the two of you spending time together, often doing an activity you enjoy, without the formality of wedding day activities, wardrobes, locations and timelines. Couples can really have fun with their engagement photography!
As a Minneapolis engagement photographer, I am always available to offer suggestions or give advice for engagement photo ideas. Contact me soon if you have any questions, or if you’d like to work together for your engagement photography session!
Also, take a look at my article with more information about working with me for your Engagement Photography too!