What to Look for in a Location for an Engagement Session
May 5, 2020 | By: Andrea DeLong Photography
Engagement sessions are an ideal way for you to see how well you and your photographer will work together. They are also great for you and your soon-to-be spouse to practice perfecting your poses for your wedding day portraits. But where should you schedule your engagement session? While you can ask your photographer for some insight on where they suggest consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to you and your significant other.
1. Choose a Place That Fits You as a Couple
Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings dueling it out over scrabble? Set up a session at home. The location of your engagement shoot should be one you two are comfortable in. You don't have to go all out and glamorous if you both are more the laid back and casual. Nor do you have to search for an open field to shoot in if you'd rather shoot in front of a street mural. The location can be any place that will allow you two to act naturally and can have a story behind it.
2. Take the Sun Into Consideration.
If you are choosing a location because of the sunset or sunrise you'll have to schedule your session accordingly. You'll also want to take into consideration the season as well where the sunset starts later or earlier. If you are shooting at multiple locations for your engagement session don’t forget to account for travel time. If you're going for a sunset or sunrise backdrop you may want to keep your locations closer together to give you more time.
3. Consider the Visuals and Background
Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photo bombed by a passerby or can make you feel uncomfortable having eyes on you while you try to get your modeling on.
3. Consider the rules
This one is not fun but it needs to be considered in choosing a location. Many locations have rules pertaining to photography. Some will only allow it at certain times, while others may charge a fee. If it is private property there is no guarantee we can shoot there so make sure to ask your photographer if they know what the rules or limitations are and contact that location to double check if it is allowed, what they charge or any limitations that they have so you can arrive prepared. It is also important, if you plan on bringing a pet, to know if they allow dogs. Many places that allow us to shoot there do not want dogs. Most natures sanctuaries, for example, do not.