One of the questions we get asked a lot by our clients is where the best places for engagement pictures are. Some couples have a favorite spot where they would like to have their engagement photos done, like where they had their first date, their favorite coffee shop, or any beautiful place with sentimental value. Other couples may opt to rely on the photographer’s experience and are open to exploring the hidden gems and other unique places in their area.
Ultimately the choice of location is yours, and it should be a place that you both like and reflects your personality. It could include the beach if you enjoy traveling, a street scene if you want urban photos, and a garden or hiking trail for nature lovers. Choose locations that have various backgrounds to enhance the quality and variety of the pictures.
However, if you choose public places such as the beach, state parks, botanical gardens, monuments, or museums, the time of day you choose for the photo session is a critical factor. Early mornings and evenings are the best hours for two reasons. Firstly, there will be fewer people about, which gives you more privacy for your session, and you can use the best spots for your backdrop without interference.
However, if you cannot make these hours, you can opt for a weekday appointment when the place is less busy with visitors. The second reason is that these are the golden hours when the sun is rising or setting, and it makes for a fantastic photo op. The soft glow of natural light at this time gives your photos a warm and romantic effect.
The season is also another consideration because some engagement session locations are more attractive at a particular time of the year. If you are doing a spring, summer, or autumn engagement shot, botanical gardens, arboretums, and some hiking trails and national parks may be the perfect location because of the colors. However, opt for a season that complements the time and theme of your wedding.