Engagement sessions are the best way for you and your photographer to get to know each other. They help us get a feel for your natural chemistry and figure out how we can tell the absolute best version of your story in a way that will last forever.

The entire experience from session planning, wardrobe styling, on-location shooting, right through the product selection and design process is exciting and fun. I want to ensure that the photos I create are meaningful and special, so I’ve created this guide to help you make the most out of your engagement session.

I know that wedding planning can be stressful and your engagement session might even feel like just one more thing that you have to do. Do your best to put everything that’s going on aside, relax, and get excited about your photo shoot. It’s normal to feel a little bit nervous or camera shy before the shoot but take a deep breath and let it go. Engagement sessions can be fun and your photos will be better if you relax, have fun and trust that your photographer has the skills to make you look your very best!

Choose a Meaningful Location for your NYC Engagement Photos

I highly recommend choosing a location that’s meaningful to you and your fiance, not just a pretty place. An experienced photographer can make almost any location look great and NYC engagement photos are always iconic. Rather than focusing on having a pretty background, choose a location that tells your story. Years from now when you look back on this time, you’ll want it to be about more than just frolicking in the park.

Take a little time and think about your favorite places to spend time together. Even if it’s not picturesque, I promise that you won’t regret doing your engagement session in a spot that is special to you.

Dress Like YOU!

You’ll get the best results from your engagement session when you style your wardrobe in a way that fits your personalities. If you normally wouldn’t be caught dead in a sundress, don’t wear one to your session. Embrace your ripped jeans and leather jacket or whatever clothes make you feel your best. Forcing yourself into an outfit that doesn’t feel “you” will only make you uncomfortable and hate the way you look! Let’s stylize a session that allows you to BE YOURSELF and tell a story.

Need a little wardrobe inspiration? Check out some of my past engagement sessions in my galleries.

Do Something Fun!

I can’t stress this one enough! DO SOMETHING fun, something that you love doing together. Something that will allow you to actually hold each other close, smile, laugh, and playfully kiss. You can’t fake natural chemistry and there’s nothing quite like a genuine smile and capturing pure happiness. If you’re in an environment and doing something that you really enjoy, those emotions & chemistry will flow naturally and the photos will be more authentic.

Pinterest is Great for Inspiration

ALL PINS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY. I love using Pinterest to help inspire clients to create a vision for their session. It can be a great tool to help you come up with a few ideas that fit your personality. Keep in mind, however, copying the newest quirky way to spell out save the date, will only look tacky and outdated by the time your wedding rolls around.

It’s About More Than a Magnet!

Most couples approach the engagement session with the mindset that they need “just a few good photos for the save the date” but the truth is, the engagement session is SO much more than that. It’s a time when you will embark on one of the biggest adventures of your life. There will be times of extreme joy, times where the stress level is through the roof, and times when you just want to hold each other and never let go.

These little moments (and how well you deal with them) will define your marriage. One day you’ll look back on these photos and think “remember the euphoric feeling right after we got engaged, we were so happy and excited, so in love.” Your love will surely only grow stronger and deeper, but the love you feel at this moment in your engagement will forever make you smile as you remember the energetic love you have for one another. Think about how you really want to remember this time. Budget for things like framed prints and engagement albums because if we’ve planned the session appropriately you will fall in love with WAY more than “just a few images” and you’ll want to keep them all.

Engagement Sessions Help Us Get to Know Each Other

One of my favorite things about engagement sessions is that they give me the chance to get to know my clients as individuals and a couple, before their wedding day. It also gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and to get a feel for the way that they work. I’ve found that engagement sessions build trust, and trust is important. When you trust your photographer, you will be more relaxed on your wedding day and that will show in your pictures.

It’s Time for Your Engagement Session!

I hope that you enjoyed these tips for getting amazing engagement photos and that they got you excited to schedule a session! As I said earlier, an engagement session is the best way for us to get to know one another, get a feel for your natural chemistry, and figure out how we can tell the absolute best version of your story in a way that will last forever.

The entire experience from session planning, wardrobe styling, on-location shooting, right through the product selection and design process is exciting and fun. I love what I do and can’t wait to start planning a meaningful and special engagement session with you. Please respond to this email to schedule a free phone consultation. I’m looking forward to talking with you!