Engagement Sessions: When Should You Have One? | Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

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Okay, Okay let’s first get this out of the way. 

I must scream and yell from all of the excitement I am feeling for you:


Alrighty, now that that’s out of our system lets talk engagement sessions. 

You might be wondering:

What Is An Engagement Session?  

An engagement session, put simply, is a photo session with you and your fiancé.

You both dress up nicely, choose a special location and giggle a ton!

Personally I like to say that the engagement sessions I shoot are like little dates. You both get to have some fun, maybe have a drink of champagne, play around and after you can go to dinner! 

I mean why not! You’re already looking incredible. 

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When Is The Best Time For An Engagement Session? 

Now that we know what an engagement session is, when should you have one?

When you first get engaged there are tons of emotions surrounding you. The largest and most consuming emotions are love and excitement. 

This is why I, as a Los Angeles wedding photographer, suggest having an engagement session very soon after the actual proposal. This allows you the chance to LEAN in to those emotions and they really shine through in photographs. 

Some couples like to book their venue and then schedule the engagement session so they can make sure the photographer is available for their wedding date. This is also a great route to take. 

One piece of advice - Do not wait too long after the actual proposal its self to book your venue and photographer. Couples book 1-2 years in advance and you want to make sure you get the date you’ve had in mind as opposed to what’s available. 

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What Do You Do With Those Engagement Pictures? 

You mean, besides posting them to instagram? 

I’m joking, I’m joking (right?). 

Many of my couples have this question during the initial call or meeting. 

“I’m not sure what we would do with engagement pictures, what do people do with them?”

Here are a few ideas:

  • Create a signature/guest book for the wedding reception

  • Create an engagement album

  • Use the pictures for save the dates

  • Display them around your house

  • Display them at your bridal/wedding shower

  • Use them in your wedding count down posts

  • Use them on your wedding website

  • Line your wedding invitation envelopes with your favorite

  • Create holiday cards

  • Make a calendar

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Now that you know what an engagement session is, that it’s best to have one soon after the actual proposal and what to do with the images I say you get to planning. 

Think of a few nice locations that are special to you or that you just find jaw droppingly (is that even a word) gorgeous. **Hint: Heisler Park on Laguna Beach, Newport Beach Vineyards. Just to name a couple. 

Choose a photographer that is fun and can match the style you’re looking for. 

For example, I like to say that I photograph genuine emotions in an artful way that includes a beautiful light and bright feel. 

If you’re looking for more wedding advice, have questions or want to talk more about scheduling an engagement session you can contact me here

Crystal Stewart