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You Are Engaged! Planning For The Engagement Session

Engaged couple kissing while building fire on Yonah mountain at hiking engagement

All of my wedding collections include an engagement session, and I offer “Try It Before You Buy It” engagement sessions as well. I always encourage my clients to take advantage of the engagement session because it gives us the chance to work together before the wedding in a fun and relaxed environment.

The engagement session is a wonderful way for you to see how I work and gives me a chance to get to know you better as a couple and how you interact with each other. It is also a great opportunity to become used to being in front of the camera so you are not uncomfortable on your wedding day.

Not only will you come away with some awesome photos of the two of you, but we will be able to develop a sense of comfort and trust between us as well.

I approach engagement session much different than most wedding photographers. As a documentary wedding photographer, I want to incorporate that same storytelling aspect into engagement sessions as well, so there is no boring “going to the park to take pretty pictures” approach. Engagement sessions are based on your actual love story and can include how you guys met, what you like to do for fun, personal interest and hobbies, and anything else you guys want! This way you end up with truely meaningful photos that tells an amazing story and captures who you are as individuels and a couple.

Forbidden Planet comic book engagement session from New York City Wedding Photographers Matthew Druin + CoLOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Meaningful sites that are a part of your love story in some way are always good – don’t be afraid to think outside the box. I love shooting in places that have interesting elements, color, and textures. Even crazy places! Locations like a comic book shop, a fair, an industrial area, the beach, a remote island, a train station, or even an abandoned building. Do you want to ride bikes through the city streets? Maybe paddle boats across the lake? Jump out of a plane? Let’s go somewhere that is unique, fun, and truly reflects who you are as a couple!


Wear what feels good! For clothing, don’t be afraid of color or pattern if that’s your style. I love color because it adds excitement, personality, and helps make images POP! It’s also a great way to help establish a connection between you as a couple in the images. Additionally, I would suggest you both bring a few different outfits, so you can capture a variety of looks. Many couples like to do some photos that are more dressy and some that are more casual. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and feel like yourselves. After all, this is all about you, so wear what feels good!

Lesbian couple hugging at destination engagement Edisto Island Beach from Atlanta destination wedding photographers Matthew Druin + Co. Photography.LOOK THE PART, BUT NOT TO MUCH

For many couples, this is the first time that they have ever had REAL photos taken of them together. Party, summer camp, and random cell phone photos don’t count. ;) You want to look your best, so be sure to fix your hair, makeup, nails, and anything else that will bring out the best in both of you. For the ladies, clean, matte makeup is always great for photos. Since we will be on location, you might also consider bringing things you might need to touch up with.  

Couple looking at records at Black Gold Records in Brooklyn New York during engagement sessionTIMING IS KEY

Light is what photography is all about, so it’s important we plan for the best light. My favorite time to shoot in is at sunrise or sunset, so we should schedule the shoot accordingly, if possible. Plan for two hours at sunrise or two hours before sunset.


Get creative! Come up with themes that spark your interest or is special to your relationship. It could be anything from your favorite movies, history, sports, or anything you can think of.

Couple standing in woods at sunset filtering through trees at Portland engagement session from Atlanta wedding photographers Matthew Druin + Co. THE FOCUS IS ALL ABOUT YOU

The engagement session can be a lot of fun if you come prepared to laugh, be affectionate, and focus on one another. Most of the time I have you interact and focus on each other rather than me. I’m not the star here, you are, so I don’t always have you looking at me. This is a time for you to have fun together!

You can find other wedding planning tips on my blog at Tips For Clients. :D

Contact me now to check availability, ask questions, and to talk about your unique wedding experience! Use the form below or send an email to [email protected].



Couple running on sand by ocean at sunset during their San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge engagement


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  • MariaMarch 23, 2011 - 9:36 am

    OMG! Thank you so much for this! My fiance and I have been debating on doing an engagement session. We are definitely doing it now. ;)ReplyCancel

  • AydanMarch 31, 2011 - 6:09 am

    What a great post. :)ReplyCancel

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