Now that we’re well into the winter months, it’s the perfect time to talk engagement sessions and the seasons. Believe it or not, being strategic with when you have your engagement session is actually important! So many factors go into planning the perfect session (I blogged about how to prep for your session and you can read that post here), and deciding the time of year is a great place to start. I’m bringing you some pro tips to help you decide when!
- It’s ok to just choose a time of year that you love! If you love hot, summer days do a summer session. If you love spring, freshly blossomed flowers, and pink sunsets, do a spring session. If you can’t wait to snuggle up in the fall with hot cocoa and a blanket…then do the fall! There is no written rule that says you have to do your engagement session in any certain season. Choose your favorite and go from there!
- Consider having your engagement photos in the opposite season of your wedding. This can help create contrast between the two sessions. If you have more than one favorite season, this is your opportunity to have photos in both!
- Keep your save the dates in mind when choosing when to do your engagement session. Couples often like to use an engagement photo for their save-the-date, and customarily save-the-dates should go out 6 to 8 months in advance. So, for example, if your wedding is in August, you’d want to have your engagement session shot no later than December/January to give yourself time to order your save-the-dates.
- Lastly, I recommend steering clear of the winter months. Unless you come prepared and dressed for the weather (I’m talking coats, hats, maybe a blanket to snuggle under, and a few indoor places to pop into if you get cold), it can sometimes lead to a super long session. Cheeks get extra pink from the cold air, your bodies have a hard time relaxing as you try to stay warm, and being uncomfortable is something that will show in every photograph…there are some things I just can’t Photoshop out!
Planning a wedding is hard enough, so planning your engagement session should be a breeze. I hope these tips help!!