How to Pick a Date For Your Engagement Photography Session

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Picking a date for your engagement photography session is often done without much thought. However, if you want those super special photos to come out looking just the way you wanted, planning and scheduling the exact date for a photography session is the way to go! Here’s a few tips to get you started. 

Man in cowboy hat, and woman standing in open field during engagement photography session

Your imagination is the limit! 

I often ask my clients to imagine what they want their photos to look like. Do you imagine yourself downtown, with your fiance, surrounded by snow and wearing your favorite coat with a hot drink or coffee? Or, are you rocking a sleeveless gown at your favorite venue with cherry blossoms falling around you? Maybe you love trees and the smell of freshly cut grass. Or wildflowers blowing in a summer breeze? Maybe you’re surrounded by yellow and orange trees wearing your favorite leggings and boots! Whatever you love most, once you visualize it, you will be able pick your engagement session date from that image! 

Timing your engagement photography to align with your wedding

I will often tell clients to schedule their engagement photography session anywhere from three months, to no later than 6 weeks, before they send announcements. If they want to use the engagement pictures for the invitations, they will need enough time to shoot the session, deliver photos, and have time to print them for the wedding invites! So, I suggest at least 3 months to give yourselves plenty of time to get everything taken care of, and to protect you from any weird mistakes or accidents that may happen. 

Man and Woman sitting in front of brick wall during engagement photography session

Golden Hour!

As most photographers, I prioritize natural light. I would schedule engagements around when lighting is best – at least one hour before sunset. My sessions are always 90 minutes. I often tell clients to go online and find a sunset calculator, and figure out when the sun sets for the day you’re wanting to take the engagement pictures. Then, just calculate backwards – 90 minutes before sunset. When you and/or your Significant Other works full time make sure to plan around your work schedules so you have time to get off work and get to the session!


And there you have it! Three ideas on how to pick the best date and time for an engagement photography session! So, why don’t you come and get some amazing pictures for yourself!

Emily Quigley is a wedding, engagement and newborn photographer in Northwest Arkansas. Emily has been featured in Glamor and Grace, Aisle Society and several other online websites. Click here to get your booking today!

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