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What to Look For When Choosing a Location for Your Engagement Session

I LOVE Engagement Sessions!!! This a golden opportunity for my couples to not only have some fabulous portraits, but typically this is the first time I get to work with my couples and get to know them better. It is SOOOOOO much fun!

As we begin planning their session, one of the first questions my couples usually ask is, “Where should we do our Engagement Session?” While you can ask your photographer for some insight on where they suggest, you should consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to both of you as a couple.

1. Choose a Place That Fits You as a Couple

Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings relaxing on your porch? 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.

No matter what location you choose, remember to relax and enjoy the moment. You have reached an important milestone in your relationship and this is just one way to begin the celebration! Your photographer doesn’t expect you to be professional models, so do not be afraid to ask questions and lean

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