Najah and Lawrence invited me to New York City to photograph their engagement session around Central Park. What an amazing day! We hit the last warm week of October and the Central Park Conservancy Garden was nearly empty. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
Here's some of my favorite images:
We are getting a lot of engagement session questions these days. These questions range from: "we want photos, where should we do them?" to "how can we do an engagement session when we don't want the cheesy, staring at each other, photos in the park?"
The answer can be really simple: an engagement session can be whatever you want. It could be the pretty sunset photos, drinks at the bar, making dinner together at home or anything your mind can imagine. If you like photos looking at the camera or if you don't like looking at the camera... Your photos should match what you want to look at in 30 years, and it doesn't have to be what's popular now. Your engagement session should be a fun experience and a great way to get to know your photographer better.
With that disclaimer out of the way, here are some things to consider when planning your engagement photos.
Location / Setting: Choose a place you really love. It could be your first date location or your favorite spot in the city. Of course, photographers have their 'go-to' locations but it really sets the tone when it's a location you love or have an attachment to.
Time of Day: Evenings, Evenings Evenings. No matter the season, the light is always best in the evenings.
Time of Year: Spring is popular but, in New England, sometimes very wet. Summer is nice but very busy for everyone, especially wedding photographers. Fall, ah beautiful fall. Again, very busy and time with peak foliage is limited, but it is worth it. Winter... you're just crazy, but we can make it work if that is your thing
Attire: This could be the most popular engagement photo related question and it's important. You're going to want to look your best but still be comfortable. And couples who match their clothing too well are suspicious so Selecting or bringing a pair of comfortable shoes will be beneficial as there's always lots of walking involved.
Using the Photos: What are you going to do with these photos? Every photographer's suggestion will be to print them. At least one big one for the home and maybe a book for the keepsake shelf. Digital files (if ok with your photographer) can be shared on social media or your wedding website/blog.
Style of the Shoot: It's very important to talk to your photographer about what type of photos you like and want to see. Do you like photos looking at the camera? Do you enjoy artsy scenery and silhouettes? These are all important to tell your photographer before your shoot.
This Good Harbor Beach - Gloucester Engagement Session is brought to you by Susan and Stephen. These two amazing people are getting married in August of 2017. Here are some photos of them acting all fun and good looking.
Shelby and Torrey chose a Rockport, MA engagement session at Halibut Point State Park. A Trustees of the Reservation, property, this is truly an amazing spot, and definitely bookmarked. It has a wooded area, surrounding a quarry, but even more beautiful is the quintessential rocky coastline of the North Shore. Not to mention the west facing sunset. Just gorgeous.
These two love-birds are getting married this coming December at The International in Bolton, MA. Looking forward to that winter wedding and hoping for that perfect touch of snow to compliment this summer engagement session.
Chelsey, Brian and I started this North End Engagement Session in front of their apartment building so we could incorporate Waffles and Chandler into the photos. How could I say "no" to those faces. Seriously, the cutest dogs ever. Once we got the obligatory cuddly canine shots we ubered to the North End meander through the cobblestone streets and brick architecture hunting for light.
I couldn't have had a better time photographing an engagement session. Looking forward to April of 2017 to witness these two getting married! Until then, enjoy these photos...