Wondering where on your wedding planning timeline you should put that checkmark for shooting your engagement photos?
Or how the current season, which is not the same season as your wedding date, effects your engagement photo shoot?
What about the actual logistics on what time we should meet for your chosen (normally very crowded & happening) choice of shoot location?!
I am breaking it out all out for you, step by step in this post!
Your engagement photo shoot is going to show up on your pre-wedding day timeline in the 6-8 month bracket. You’ll want plenty of time to have your engagement photos in hand so that you can send out your save the dates or print and organize your photos as needed for display at any other upcoming pre-wedding day celebrations!
Wait, what about the season?!
“I’m getting married in the summer and that puts our engagement photo shoot right at the end of winter!” I can hear your stress level rising from here, so let’s debunk some myths right now! The first one being that heck yes, we can shoot your engagement photos in the winter, and yes again that they will still be utterly gorgeous!
Here’s a quick and easy break down of the best time frames to shoot for each season:
Winter Engagement Photo Shoot
Shooting your engagement photos from December to around the middle of March? Then you can plan on your session taking place around 3:00 – 5:00 pm. However, the time changes in Mid-March and that will make our start time one hour later.
Spring Engagement Photo Shoot
Does your engagement photo shoot fall during Spring (April-May)? The time that the sun sets during these months drastically changes and can affect our shooting times as well. An approximate timeframe for April would be 5:30 – 7:30 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm in May.
Summer Engagement Photo Shoot
Are we shooting your engagement photos from Jun-Aug? Summer engagement photo shoots should take place about 2 hours before sunset. Bonus, this will also place your shoot at the cooler part of the day! The time frame for a summer engagement photo shoot is 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fall, much like Spring, is a bit more of a variable when it comes to shooting times. From September – November, the time that the sun sets drastically changes from month to month. If we are shooting in September, you can plan on 5:30 – 7:30 pm, until the third week of the month, and then you can plan on 5:00 – 7:00 pm until at least mid-October. Once the first week of November hits, the best time frame will be 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
Bonus Tips & Logistics!
Days of the Week
I typically photograph engagement sessions on weekday evenings during Wedding Season, and occasionally on weekends throughout the fall & winter.
Location & Outfit Changes
I love shooting gorgeous locations!! I recommend no more than two locations max for your engagement photo shoot. A general rule of thumb when we are in the preplanning phase is the more locations and outfits, the fewer images we will be able to capture, but the more variety you’ll have in your photos!
I can shoot sunrise sessions if necessary! Sunrise shoots are required for those who want to take portraits in normally very crowded locations, such as popular tourist landmarks or museums!
Have bag, will travel! I love to travel for shoots! However, if I have never been to the desired location of your shoot, I may need your advice on where to park along with a general layout of the area!
Preparing outfit choices for your engagement photo shoot and need a few tips? Check out my previous post >> Preparing for Your Engagement Photo Shoot <<
Phone: (719) 321-7738
Hello lovely! I’m Jenn, Lake Bluff, Chicago, and Destination Photographer and mom to a Threenager! My end goal is to bring back that Heirloom Wedding Experience for each couple and create a personal and lasting relationship!
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