How to Choose Your Engagement Photos Location
It’s time to make the announcement to friends and family…but first, you need some awesome photos to help you share the news! When it comes to locations, there are plenty, so here are a few suggestions and ideas to get you going.
First, talk to your photographer. They are the expert! The photographer may have locations in mind that they know work for the type of style/vibe you want. Do you lean towards light, airy photos? What about black and white, dark and moody, or colorful? Photographs require more than simply a click of a button—other factors, namely, light and background, even your clothes, can affect the outcome. See what your photographer recommends so that you can have a great experience and walk away with photos that wow.
Photograph means “record of light.” Photo, “light;” graph, “to record.” So, photos are best when there’s lots of light! This could mean natural or artificial lighting, but think about places where natural light is abundant.
On to locations. If you love the vintage or rustic aesthetic, see if there is an open pasture near your home (bonus points for the classic white farm fence and a barn). Joyful, playful photos can happen on the beach! (But depending on what coast you’re on, schedule for sunset—east—or sunrise—west.)
Estates can also be a fun place to take photos. Classic architecture often adds a romantic touch. Be sure, however, to check with your photographer—some properties require a permit. Finally, think about local parks or gardens, especially if you live near one that is iconic (for example, Central Park). Generally, these two types of locations offer great lighting and simple backgrounds.
Above all, the location doesn’t have to be trendy—think about a place that is important to you and your partner, and do an engagement shoot there! Pro tip: don’t be too concerned about the background. They can add nice touches and details, but remember, you got engaged, not the location! Your photos are going to focus on you.