SO, YOU ARE ENGAGED!!!
How fun and beyond exciting. You have a lot to do, and a wedding to plan!!! There just isn't a lot of time to devote to thinking about your engagement photography session, and that's exactly the reason so many photographers have their go to spots. Will your images be stunning on the beach with the sun setting in the background, YES of course they will, but 10 years from now will that beach mean anything to you and your now husband.
Will you look back fondly and say "hey there is that random beach we took pics at, soooo many memories there..." insert sarcasm face.
Engagement session have evolved into so much for that a single pose for a newspaper announcement. Your engagement session should be an extension of your story, who you are, what you are all about, what makes you passionate, what makes you tick, and how two individual people are going to become one family. The images from your engagement session should evoke an emotion, the anticipation, the butterflies, the love you have for each other, and the locations that you choose for your session should be a reflection of that story.
It can be as simple as a memento from a date (ticket stubs, a small purchase your made together) or as complected as recreating your very first date, just without the awkward conversation and constant staring at your feet... or a favorite spot you love to visit together.
So when our couples ask us "Where should we do our engagement pictures?" We give them a list of questions. Feel free to ask yourselves the same questions to help chose the perfect spot for your engagement session.
1. Where was our first date and how did we feel on that day (nervous, excited, relaxed)
2. What is our favorite memory together?
3. What are our mutual interests? / What personal interests do we keep for ourselves?
4. Where did he/she propose?
5. What are your favorite activities?
With these questions we help our clients design a unique and custom engagement photography experience. A moment in time you will be able to look back on 10-20 years from now with your spouse and/or children and remember how it all began.
Just remember this isn't about the photography (well it is a little bit) This is about YOU, YOU as a couple, YOU as a new family, and YOU as individuals coming together as one.
Be sure that YOUR engagement session tells YOUR story!!!