Most of my wedding photography packages come complete with an engagement session. I offer this to my clients for a two reasons. First, it’s a great way for us to get to know each other is a low stress, fun environment. Two, on your wedding day the time can be a limiting factor; an engagement session allows us the opportunity to create portraits that are unique, tell a personalized story, and share your love for one another with friends and family. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your engagement session. And of course, if you are looking for a wedding and engagement portrait photographer, I hope you’ll consider working with me, Irene Jones!

Location, Location, Location-

Often couples would love to do a variety of locations for their wedding photos, but the Seattle traffic, venue time constraints, and of course, the hundreds of guests waiting for you, can make doing several locations impossible on your big day. An engagement session can provide the opportunity you’ve been looking for to do something out of the ordinary.  Your engagement session tells a lot about who you are as a couple and the location adds depth and personality to your narrative.  For example, Jina and John’s engagement session from early November was held at the University of Washington Campus. While this adorable pair didn’t meet during college, they both did attend here and it holds a special place in their hearts.

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Planning is Key-

Unlike your wedding day, which comes complete with a timeline and organized sequence of events, your engagement session needs structure to really become something magical. When I know the color palette of the wedding, some insights into the couple’s personal style, and their history, I am able to design a session that portrays their connection in a deep and meaningful way. After discussing with each couple their ideas for the engagement session, I often purchase props, and accessories to help tell their story. Together these accessories help t define session and gave it a unique twist. It’s my goal to make sure each portrait is not only beautiful, but it has character and a purpose.

Do Something Different-

Most, if not all of my engagement sessions happen during the colder months of the year. Many couples become engaged around Christmas and New Years. Instead of waiting for summer or fall to do an engagement session, I suggest trying something different. I LOVE photographing at night, in the snow, or in the fog. These non-traditional elements can make your session something more than the average. Additionally, don’t forget to use your engagement photos as part of your wedding decor. Engagement photos are perfect for adding to your custom favors, thank you cards, save the dates, table place cards, and much more!

If you are planning a wedding now is the time to book your wedding and engagement session with IJ Photo. Call 425.232.5263 or email [email protected] for more information.