These days, engagement sessions are a rite of passage for any newly engaged couple. Many of my clients choose to have their engagement session anywhere from a few months before the wedding to shortly after their proposal.
For timing purposes, I suggest you consider what you want to use your engagement photos for and then schedule a date from there. For example, if you want to use your engagement photos as the actual announcement that you're engaged, I'd arrange a session within the first two weeks after getting engaged. On the other hand, if you plan to use your engagement session pictures for save-the-dates or wedding invitations, you have a little bit more time to schedule. The same is true for couples who want to create thank-you cards with their engagement pictures.
Leading up to your session, we'll discuss the best locations and time of day to create an entire experience and backdrop that's meaningful for you. I've photographed e-sessions at the restaurant a couple had their first date, at the park where he proposed, at the fair, in an orchard and against urban scrawls. What matters most is that we make this session completely about you as a couple.
Why Shoot an Engagement Session?
We consider e-sessions so important because not only are they a celebration of your exciting future together, they're also prime time for us to capture all that ooey gooey, lovey-dovey stuff on camera.
Seeing how you two are together can prepare us immensely for your wedding day. It also gives you an opportunity to see how we work behind the camera, ensuring you have a brilliant wedding with no qualms or worries whatsoever. Plus, there are a bajillion uses for the photos we take that day, including save the dates, wedding websites, bridal shower, bachelor party and wedding invites, thank-you cards and more.
So what goes into an engagement session? We'll tell you. We start out by discussing the details: themes, locations, outfits, and what you plan to use your images for. From there, Summertime Photography secures location permits, works to find the perfect props (if necessary), and even guides you in your wardrobe choices if you want a little help. We'll be here along the way to address any questions you have.
On the day of your shoot, we'll meet at the location and start snapping away. We always get lots of mushy photos that showcase your love, and you better believe we capture all the details too (including your ring)! If you have any specific requests, we'll make sure to get those taken care of, as well. Pretty sweet, right?
We offer our engagement session shoot as part of several wedding photography packages. Alternatively, we can do your e-session a la carte. Alone, our e-session costs $450 and includes two hours of shooting time, unlimited outfit changes and a $50 print/product credit.