5 Pro Photographer Tips to Finding the Perfect Engagement Shoot Location

You just answered a very important question from the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. One of the first things on your new to-do list is deciding where you’re going to have your engagement photo shoot. These photos will not only be printed for save-the-date cards, but they’ll be displayed around your home—and let’s not forget posted on Facebook and Instagram. How else is the world going to know of you and your partner’s happiness and commitment to one another? (No pressure, right?) As a photographer, I know what we’re all longing to capture in these photos: love, comfort, and happiness. Here are some tips on how to find a location that’s perfect for your engagement shoot.

1. Incorporate Your Hobbies as the Photo Shoot Theme

The first question I ask my clients is what they like to do together. Are you an adventurous couple? Your photographer could join you on a beautiful morning hike. Are you homebodies? An in-home shoot filled with comfy pillows and twinkle lights might be more your speed. Do you share a love for baseball? Buy some tickets and have a great time at a game! Capture moments of hot dogs and Cracker Jack. Your engagement shoot should be all about who you are as a couple. Whether it’s making nachos in the kitchen, scaling waterfalls, or never missing a sports game, use your favorite activity as your photo location.

2. Choose Somewhere Significant to Your Love Story

A couple holding hands and standing in an historic brick courtyard at their engagement photo shoot.

Another option for a location is somewhere that means something to both of you. Maybe it’s the coffee shop you met at on your first date. It could be the park you were walking through when you first held hands. You don’t even have to tell your guests that the photo with the restaurant booth is where you kissed after you said “I love you” for the first time. It can be your little secret. You could even talk to your wedding venue to see if they would allow engagement photos on the property. You’ll have these photos forever, and going somewhere that holds a special memory will make them even more sentimental and personal.

3. Consider the Season and Weather Conditions

Something to consider is the time of year you’ll be taking these photos. Obviously, you can’t get a snowy wonderland in the middle of July. You can, however, use the seasons as inspiration. Fall is a great time to walk through an apple orchard, find some beautiful colors, or snuggle up in warm blankets by a campfire. Take advantage of spring’s blooming flowers and trees. Also think about the season your photos are scheduled to be in and what you’d like your outfits to look like. Want to wear those adorable strappy high heels? A summer session would be best. Plan ahead and make more memories with your photo shoot.

4. If Including Pets, Make Sure They’re Safe

A trio of dogs and standing next to their owners in a park at an engagement shoot.

If you have an animal in your life, chances are it’s more like a child with fur than just a four-legged roommate. Don’t be afraid to include them in your photos. If you plan on bringing your fur baby to your session, make sure that they’re allowed to be at your chosen location. Also, it’s important to think about where they’ll be comfortable and well-behaved. We all know noses get excited in new environments, so think about doing a test run before your scheduled photo shoot. Animals add a lot of love to every photograph, but make sure they’re safe in the process.

5. Incorporate Your Career if It’s Meaningful

For some people, their career says a lot about who they are as an individual, couple, and now a family. Finding ways to incorporate pride in your career and showing what your future life is going to be together makes your session personal. If you’re a military family, think about having your session done on base, in uniform. Use the same idea for any first responders. Take your photographer to your classroom, studio, or even mechanic shop. Don’t be afraid to show your love and support for one another.

Overall, think about who you are as a couple and how you’d like to remember this important time of your lives. This is your time to shine and tell your love story. Make it personal, relax, and remember to have fun!

All photos are taken by me, Jenna Lynn Photography. You can find me on Instagram at Jenna_Lynnphoto.

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