When Should We Take The Engagement Photos?

Are you wondering when to take your engagement photos? As a photographer, my suggestion is to schedule your session as early as possible, preferably 6-8 months before your wedding day. Why? Let me share with you a few reasons.


Firstly, your photographer's turnaround time.

 One of the most popular uses for engagement photos is creating Save-The-Date announcements. It is recommended that you send them out around 8 months before the wedding, giving your guests enough time to plan ahead. Once your photos have been edited, you’ll need time to decide on a design, order your cards, and mail them out. Cutting it too close may not allow your guests enough time to block off the date on their calendar.

Secondly, Save-The-Date announcements.

When you take a medium shot, you are able to capture the couple and their surroundings. This type of shot is great for showing the couple in their environment and giving a sense of the overall atmosphere of the wedding. By capturing the couple in a medium shot, you can tell the story of their wedding day in a broader context.

Thirdly, seasonal changes.

. Depending on where you live, you may need to consider the weather conditions. For example, if you’re getting married in the summer and planning to have engagement photos taken in the winter, you may need to reschedule your session due to inclement weather. Additionally, sunset times change drastically between summer and winter. If you plan on scheduling your session during golden hour, you’ll need to consider the time of day.

Fourthly, engagement session location permits.

 Many popular engagement session locations require a photography permit. Depending on the popularity or location rules, you or your photographer may need to apply for the permit 30 or more days in advance.


rapport building with your photographer. Doing an engagement session with your photographer gives you a chance to get to know each other and work together before the big day. You’ll feel more relaxed during your wedding photoshoot when you’ve had a chance to work with your photographer beforehand. It also gives your photographer an opportunity to learn more about what works best for photographing you personally. If you’re camera shy, doing an engagement session early on can help you communicate what does and doesn’t work for you.

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