Choosing the Location & Photographer:
This is the first post in a two-part series on taking engagement pictures!
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life! Once he pops the question, it is your innate instinct to immediately start planning the wedding. And, with that comes taking engagement pictures!
But first – WAIT! It is so important that you don’t quickly run off to get just any friend or photographer to take your pictures. It is helpful to research, network, & find the best photographer in your price range (HINT: sometimes the most expensive photographer is NOT the best!!!) The photographer is the person who will not only be taking your engagement pics, but your bridals, your first look, & your entire wedding ceremony/ reception!
Although some people take their pictures RIGHT after they get engaged, I think it is more important to wait to get the RIGHT pictures. For example, we knew we wanted our pictures in a beautiful place that meant a lot to us as a couple. We were deciding between the mountains, the beach, and the place where we met, Clemson University. We ended up deciding on Charleston because, well it’s Charleston!! No — but really, Charleston has always been one of our favorite places, is a photographer’s dream, & I knew it would be absolutely gorgeous in the spring (THINK: window boxes on every house filled with blooming flowers!!!!!!). We got engaged in December and didn’t take our engagement pictures until April (when the weather was nicer and when I had a break from school). If you have a longer engagement, this is the perfect timeline, as it still gave me plenty of time to get my save-the-dates out six months prior to the wedding.
Choosing Charleston ended up being one of the best decisions I have made in this wedding planning process. We absolutely LOVE our pictures and our photographer was amazing to work with. It helps to have a photographer who is well versed in the area where you are hoping to take pictures. For example, if you want to take engagement pictures at the Grand Canyon, I would look for a photographer who is familiar with it and who has photographed there before. Trust me, it will be a much more pleasant experience; they will know all the hidden places to get the best shot and you won’t waste any time wandering around!
If you have any questions at all about my timeline, finding a photographer, or picking a location, shoot me an email or a DM and I will be more than happy to help you out! The engagement period is supposed to be one of the happiest times in your life — it is important to not let the little things stress you out 🙂
All pictures were taken by https://sunshowerphotography.com/
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