Let’s talk engagement sessions! The first step is to have one, period (which will definitely be another Wedding Wednesday post soon!). The second step, and perhaps the hardest, is to choose the perfect spot for the session! I tell my clients the greater Baltimore area is our oyster because it really is true! From parks to city streets to backyards to bars, there are a million options for where to do your engagement photos. So the good news is that there’s no wrong choice! You just want to be thoughtful about what sort of look you’re going for and how you might want to incorporate places of significance. I’ve had some really awesome engagement sessions this year, so I wanted to share some tips on how to choose the spot that’s just right 😉
1. THINK PERSONAL
When it comes to engagement sessions, my first question to couples is if there’s any place of personal significance they want to consider. Maybe the spot of their first date or kiss, or the park where they always take their dog. Whether a special occasion or an everyday spot, it’s always fun to have a personal connection to your location! Sarah and Marcus chose the Baltimore Museum of Art because it was home to some of their early dates and was always a place they loved to visit.
2. GET SOME ACTION
If we’re doing this right, your engagement session should feel like a fun date night! Incorporating some action like getting drinks or ice cream not only breaks up some of the posing, but it lets you get to interact in a natural way. Kelly and Joel started their session with drinks at a local wine bar that they enjoy, and it was so much fun to watch them kick back!
3. GO OUTSIDE
Chances are that we’ll be spending most of our time outdoors during your session. This is a good thing for so many reasons – first and foremost, we’re chasing that natural light; and second, we’ll be moving around a lot! Being outdoors allows us a lot of flexibility in terms of where and how to shoot. Local parks and green spaces can be a great option for this very reason! Katey and Leighton opted with Cylburn Arboretum so they could have plenty of variety and mother nature as their backdrop.
4. GET MOVING
The very last thing we want is a stale session. You can definitely expect to walk and move around a lot during your session because we’re going for variety! Sometimes this involves actually shooting in two different locations, which can be a great option! At least half of my couples choose two different locations for their session, sometimes with a wardrobe change thrown in there for fun! Courtney and Drew spent the first half of their session with lots of neighborhood vibes in Fells Point, before moving to Federal Hill to get more sweeping cityscapes.
And, not to outdo my sweet clients, but my own engagement session spot was fairly epic – Rosenborg Castle Gardens in Copenhagen! It’s where I loved to picnic and read in warm weather, and was one of the first spots I brought Joe to when he arrived in Denmark! Even better – we paid my host brother in smuggled American goods 😉