We’re ENGAGED! When should we schedule our engagement portrait session? Tips from a professional photographer

Congrats on your engagement!    

there are tons of things on your to do list and life is crazy, but make sure you take time to schedule your engagement portrait session…..

 (BTW:  Bikes and balloon Engagement Session on the beach – more fun HERE)

I believe your engagement session is Chapter 1 of your love story – where your story started, and is your time to really reflect the true YOU!   
It’s also the only time to get to know your wedding photographer
(That way you’re already friends before wedding day!)
 you have a chance to see your photographer’s work while there’s still time to hire someone else 
— there are no do-overs on wedding day so a test run is a great thing!
Romance at the park – more engagement portraits here
So today I thought I would share a bit of advice on how to make sure we capture the engagement portraits of your dreams!

 Here are some things to consider when picking the best time 

to schedule your engagement session: 

  How will you use your engagement photos? 

Will you need your engagement photos for your wedding website?  

Or for your Save the Date cards ?   

Or are you thinking they will be a personal memento to help remember this amazing time in the life of you and your fiance?

 If you plan to send Save the Date cards with your engagement portraits
I suggest you schedule your session as early as possible so guests can SAVE THE DATE.
Schedule your session at least a month before you want to mail them.
If your engagement portraits will be just for your own use,
you could take them at any time between getting engaged and saying ‘I DO!’
Consider the season

When scheduling your engagement session,  keep the climate in mind!  

Are you a summer girl and love all things barefoot and bright?

Surfs up Surfing and Beach Engagement Session HERE

Or maybe you want a winter snow themed session…. or perhaps Christmas is your favorite time of year???


Or maybe walking through colorful autumn leaves in a forest is just what you’ve dreamed of?  
Or maybe the season doesn’t really matter because you want to revisit a special place?
Katie and Blake recreated their First Date for their Engagement Portrait Session
…….the same movie theatre and the same walk on the beach afterwards……
Movies, popcorn and the beach?  Oh my!
Or maybe a picnic in the park with your favorite board game will tell your story best???

Consider incorporating the theme of your wedding into your engagement session-
rustic cowboy boots anyone?  
 Or maybe your favorite city should be the backdrop?
When getting ready to schedule your engagement session, consider how busy your photographer might be….
I generally book portrait sessions two months in advance – 
so schedule your engagement session early! 
 Petco Park Baseball themed Engagement Portrait Session – more HERE
Hey – maybe you want to bring your fur baby with you!
Bull dog themed Engagement Session more portraits

Or maybe we should meet at a place where you first fell in love — like Disneyland?

How about some formal engagement portraits and then have some FUN at the end?
 Want to learn more about how you can savor  a Sweet Life Wedding?
or visit my portfolio to see more….?
Or send me an email with questions or to see if I’m available on your wedding day
– I can’t wait to hear from you!
If you have any questions about anything, let me know –
I can help brainstorm locations, seasons and the best time for your session!  
Please visit my website to see my photography portfolio, get more details or ask a question:


I’m waiting to hear from you – 
to capture a slice of YOUR sweet life!
I am a full time professional photographer based in San Diego, but will travel for weddings. 
Serving San Diego, Poway, Scripps Ranch,La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4-S Ranch, Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, Outdoor Family, Child, High School Senior, Family Reunion, Newborn, Engagement Couples Best Fun Senior Portraits Family Reunion Beach Portrait Shoot Park Portrait shoot Balboa Park On Location Wedding photographer

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