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Tips for an Awesome Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions, also known as "Save the Date" sessions, have a number of benefits. They allow the couple to become acclimated with their photographer prior to the wedding. They provide the couple with quality photos for any Save the Dates, invitations, or websites. Couples also occasionally have a canvas or two at the wedding or reception. Some couples also have a large copy printed for wedding guests to sign the day of. Below are our tips to have an awesome engagement session.

When To Book

Scheduling your Engagement Session somewhat depends on what the intention of the shoot will be. If the intent is to use the photos for a website, save the date, or invitations, you should look to schedule your shoot at around 8-10 months before your wedding date. Some couples opt to shoot around 2-5 months before the wedding date to try out different wedding day looks with hair and makeup if they're looking to get an add in their local newspaper or publication. If a couple would really like to get dressed photos on their programs or party favors, then they could schedule something up to one month out. Once you pick a date, be sure to choose the best time for your session!

Jamica & Darien pose during their Engagement Session in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Be Yourselves

As a photographer, I like to tell couples to think of themselves on a date. Only difference is I will be following them around and occasionally posing them and adding props! However, this is all about the client. The most important thing is that you be yourselves. Let your photographer know what style or mood you are looking for. If you are home-bodies, then think about having your shots done at or around your residence. If you are city-dwellers, don't be afraid to go to some public places. Same for those that are out in the country. If you're aiming for a more rustic wedding, why not start the theme off with your Engagement Session.

Kiera and Lucious share a kiss during their Engagement Session.

What to Wear

Typically, I have a minimum of 2 halves to my Engagement Sessions--Formal and Casual. You'll want to look for solid-colored clothing. Try to stay away from plaids, floral prints, or other patterns. Jewelry for men should be kept to a minimum and ladies should generally have a nice necklace and a simple set of earrings. Remember, it's about the ring more than anything else.

James and Briana embrace each other at their Engagement Session at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.

Bring a Friend

...Or several for that matter. It's always great to have support from a few friends. They don't have to be bridesmaids or groomsmen either. Ladies may want to bring a makeup artist along to touch them up between looks. There may be a need for an extra pair of hands or someone to watch possessions while we're a distance away. They could even come up with some nice poses that the couple might like.

Carol and Shelton pose for a portrait during their Engagement Session at Meridian Hill Park in Washington DC.

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