5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are my absolute favorite. They give us an opportunity to get to know each other before the wedding day, which I think is key to great photos. You will be able to see how I work behind the camera and I get to see how you both work in front of it.


Put your trust in me—For many people, this session is the first time you’ve been in front of a professional camera. I promise I will make you comfortable. My goal is to capture your love for each other, and to have a great time while we do just that. We will get a few shots of you looking and smiling at the camera, but I will concentrate on getting you two to talk, interact, forget that the camera is there. 


Choose a location that is meaningful to you—Finding a nearby park is always a nice and simple idea, however I believe choosing a location that you treasure will make a huge difference in your photos. It can be where you met or got engaged, where you went for a great date, a place you like to hike, it can even be your home. Not only will this location make you more comfortable, but it says more about your love story, and makes it stand out from other sessions in the personal sense. 


Dress the part—Matching can be a little too distracting and is considered “out of style.” If you're a fashionista who is excited about this, I trust you! If you’re unsure about what to do, here are some tips:

  • Be you—These photos are meant to show who you are, so wear something that you love and feel confident in. This will show in the photos.

  • Dress to fit the location— First, know that you can have an outfit change too! You do not want to hike a windy mountain in stilettos and short dress. I promise. If you want nicer attire in a rustic location, I recommend bringing a bag with comfortable shoes to wear on the way to wherever we’re going.

  • For timeless photos, try more classic attire—Button-ups, simple patterns, and neutral colors will keep things classic. If one of you wants to dress in a bold outfit, have the other balance it out with something simple. If you need assistance, feel free to send me photos of the outfits you’re thinking of. Keep in mind, too, we can make time for an outfit change if we plan ahead.

Sunrise and sunset are the most ideal times—This is when I shoot 95% of my sessions. Light as this time is soft and golden. It also gives us more freedom with the directions we can take the photos. Mid-day photos cast harsh shadows and highlights, giving an unattractive look. Harsh light is also going to cause squinting, which we definitely don’t want in your fancy photos. If we can schedule our shoot to be at either of these times, you will love the look of your photos.


Keep me informed—I want this to be an incredible experience for you both. Let me know what is important to you about these images, as well as what concerns you may have, be it an angle you are self-conscious about, or nerves. We will figure out a way to keep you comfortable and get the shots you want!

Amy Ellis