January 14, 2019
Choosing Time and Date for your Engagement Pictures
I know first hand that there is a lot to think about when planning for your engagement session. From what to where, to where to take them, all the way to when to take them! Today I’m going to share with you how to choose a time and date for your engagement pictures!
I’m a natural light specialist because I believe that natural light, from the sun and its reflections, create photographs that feel fresh, timeless and truest to you. I begin all portrait sessions one-two hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest.
It’s easy to use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. Then, just subtract two hours to figure out your start time. Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year, and much later during the warmer months. So make sure to factor that in when choosing your portrait session date, especially if you’re taking off work or have evening plans afterward.
To get the most out of your engagement session, you should plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early to your session and be ready to start on time. Lots of photographers prefer only to shoot when natural light is still in the sky.
If you’re wearing two outfits, I highly recommend saving your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing one, arrive in that.
Looking for more tips? Find the engagement session checklist here:
Engagement Session Checklist
And See the rest of the series here:
Choosing the Right Time and Date for your Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 1
Choosing the Right Location for your Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 2
How To Plan Destination Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 3
Styling Your Engagement Session | Engagement Session Tips Part 4
Say Yes to The Dress | Engagement Session Tips Part 5
Choosing Colors and Coordinating Looks | Engagement Session Tips Part 6
Flattering Your Features | Engagement Session Tips Part 7
Hair and Makeup | | Engagement Session Tips Part 8
What to Wear for your Engagement Session: For Him | Engagement Session Tips Part 9