Within one to two months
Aim to have your engagement portrait taken within a month or two of getting engaged. During this time, you’d still be radiating with bliss. With the engagement vibe still fresh, you’d be absolutely glowing in front of the camera. You’d also be able to have high quality professional photos for your engagement announcement in the local newspaper or wedding website. On a side note, check the guidelines for publishing requirements such as specific pose, print quality, or image resolution.
To have your engagement session taken this early, start looking for an engagement photographer a few days after your engagement. It’s not always easy to get an appointment for an engagement photo shoot especially with well-known photographers. Setting your engagement photo session early on ensures that you can grab a pictorial schedule before wedding plans take up your time.
When you set the wedding date
If you do not intend to publish engagement announcements, you can wait until you have set your wedding date before you set your engagement photo session. By this time, you’d already have photo ideas that would look fab on save the date cards and social media posts.
Keep in mind that this should be done at least 8 to 10 months before you tie the knot. This would give you enough time for designing, printing, and sending out the save-the-date cards. If you are having a destination wedding, allot much more time as wedding invitations should be sent 12 months in advance so your wedding guests can arrange their schedules accordingly.
You can also use your engagement pictures for your wedding announcements. Check the guidelines of the newspapers or wedding websites for image quality and date of submission. Usually, they ask to receive wedding submissions at least six weeks before the wedding date. Of course, you must factor in several weeks before that deadline to go over the proofs and select the best engagement pictures.