How to Determine the Length of Your Engagement Shoot
Before you can decide how long your engagement shoot should or needs to be, there are few things you should know beforehand. Here are some questions you can ask yourself so you can have an idea of this planning process.
How does an engagement shoot work?
Recently, engagement photo shoots have become a fundamental part of pre-wedding activities. Many couples now include engagement plans along with their wedding plans. It has become a norm that a wedding is not complete without this exciting event. Many photographers even add an engagement shoot as a package deal.
On a typical engagement photography session, we’ll ask you to express certain poses so they can capture the shot. You will most likely have to perform the same pose multiple times so they can get multiple angled shots.
How the engagement shoot runs is entirely up to you, but the key is trusting your photographer’s abilities. They are there to follow your lead and capture your vision.
What do you want to accomplish at the engagement shoot?
In order to have a successful, enjoyable engagement shoot, both sides need to be on the same page. Once you are set on the idea, you should inform your hired photographer so they too can prepare. It would be beneficial to also hear what they have to say about your plans to see if they have any valuable insights or ideas to add.
Be sure to plan ahead to achieve everything you and your partner want. For example, if you want ocean-themed engagement photos, you’ll want your photos taken at your favorite beach.
Usually, our photographers will let you know how many shots they can take and will offer you deal options. Additionally, you will discuss how long you want to hire them for or for how long they’re available.
How long is an engagement photoshoot?
Obviously, the length of your engagement session will last according to how long you want it to go for. The majority of photoshoots are about an hour. This is the ideal time length that many professional photographers suggest. This one-hour engagement photo session is usually enough to take all the photos that couples need.
However, if you have planned such as changing into multiple different outfits, or traveling to multiple different locations during the shoot, then you might need to allocate more time to the session to accomplish everything you want for the day. Keep in mind that your photographer has a timeframe to work with, so sure to plan ahead.
The time of the day to have your engagement shoot session is also your choice, highly recommend having your photos done before the sun goes down, typically 30 minutes before sunset. This time of the day, which they refer to as the golden hour, gives them the perfect sunlight or lighting that makes photos look exquisite. So, it would be worth it to at least have a few pictures during this time.
How can you ensure the best engagement photo results?