Choosing an engagement session location sounds easy enough, no? You have a location in mind that looks pretty so you tell your photographer that’s where you want your pictures. And then you end up with images looking identical to everyone else’s engagement photos. For my engagement sessions I try to guide my couples into a location/style/theme which will truly reflect them as a couple, because really, who wants engagement photos which look identical to the last three couples? Think outside the box to make your engagement photos uniquely, you. What do you guys like to do on the weekends? Have a favorite spot that you like to go? Activities you like to do? Try something different like shooting on a boat, a canoe, on a dock, by a barn, in a field, a vineyard, a fancy modern hotel, because the possibilities are endless and the more creative, the more the images actually reflect you as a couple.
Before engagement photo sessions I always plan to arrive early and scope out the location for the best light. Because although creative locations set the stage for different photographs, the lighting is what ultimately makes the image. I happily suggest places to shoot, to my couples based on what they are looking for by searching out good lighting and different locations. By trusting and working with your photographer on what locations and lighting works best, you’re setting up a beautiful scene for some amazing photographs.
Cat and I came up with the idea to shoot a nautical engagement session in Annapolis. I had these amazing docks in mind, and made an inspiration board for her to see if we shared the same vision. Here’s a peak at that inspiration board.
And here are a couple of the images from their nautical engagement session in Annapolis.
And Jamie and Joe were going for a more country feel to their engagement photos. We shot their images in Frederick, Maryland; by starting off near a barn and finishing up in a corn field.
I’m starting off this new blog series, Megan Beth | White Notes, to answer some of the frequently asked questions directly from brides. This series is going to cover locations, timelines, bridal party photos and many other little details that couples have relating to their wedding. If you’d like to have one of your questions answered on the next Megan Beth | White Notes, email me here!