Engagement Session When to Schedule | Cincinnati, Ohio Photographer

Here are three tips that will be helpful in planning!

1. How will you be using your engagement photos? Will you be using your engagement photos for a Save the Date card? Or will they be more for you and your fiancé to share with friends and family to remember this time in your life? If you are planning on using your engagement photos for a Save the Date, I recommend scheduling your shoot farther in advance. Save the Dates are generally sent between 4-6 months before a local wedding or 6-8 months prior to a destination wedding. In either case, having your engagement portraits taken 1-2 months before sending your Save the Date cards is ideal to allow time for printing. Finally, if your images are entirely for personal use, you have much more flexibility! You could take them at any time between getting engaged and tying the knot!

2. What season is best for your engagement session? When you're scheduling your engagement photos, it might be important to keep the climate in mind! Depending on where you live, most couples choose to have their engagement anywhere from the spring to fall. I suggest imagining your perfect engagement photos (Playing in the snow? Walking through colorful leaves? Down by the lake in the summer?) and determining which season will best accommodate your vision. Considering your local weather during each season is a great way to narrow down a time frame that will work best for you.

3. What is your availability? Planning your wedding can create a busy schedule! Make sure to plan ahead to ensure your availability and your fiancé's, and then coordinate with your photographer to set the perfect shooting date. Communication as well as organization is key! When in doubt about any of the above, start by reaching out to your photographer. They will be able to help you with brainstorming locations and figuring out the best timing for your shoot.

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