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Apr 28, 2022


Engagement Session Planning

What is an Engagement Session?

An engagement session is a portrait session for you and your partner to announce and celebrate your engagement. As a Virginia engagement photographer, I love documenting this special occasion for the couples I get to work with.

Take a look below for the reasons to have an engagement session, where, and to gather some ideas for your own.


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Why You Should Do An Engagement Session

An Engagement Session Allows You to Connect With Your Partner

It’s not a secret, wedding planning takes over your life for about a year – and it can get stressful. Your engagement session is a perfect opportunity to have a private moment with your partner. Within this session, you are preserving the emotions you have for each other. These images are an incredible landmark to revisit when things get hectic.

Your Images Have More Purpose

During wedding planning, a lot of couples have discovered that an engagement session is a perfect way to announce their wedding. The purpose extends beyond “just pictures” to Save the Dates, invitation, guest books, programs, Thank You cards, albums and wall art.

You Get to Know Your Photographer

Your session is a really great way to get to know your wedding photographer. You will develop an idea of how you connect. If they make you feel comfortable during the session, answer all your questions, and you have a great time together, chances are, the experience will only get better on the wedding day.

Why I Love Engagement Photos for My Couples

Personally, I am thrilled when a couple books an engagement session with me. This opportunity allows me to see what you love about each other, your connection, your style, and what you want for your wedding. I also learn so much about who you are together, and individually. Afterwards, I develop a visual story for you to hold on throughout the rest of your wedding process.

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How Long Before the Wedding Should You Take Engagement Pictures?

I get asked this question a lot so many times. And the answer is dependant on a lot of factors. What time of year do you want your photos taken? How will you use the images? When are you getting married? When you reach out, I will ask these questions to help you determine the right time to take them.

How to Find an Engagement Session Photographer in Virginia

There are so many great photographers in Virginia, but our styles and working processes are uniquely different. Begin your search by finding the styles you love. Then, take a look at their website to learn how you might connect with your photographer. If you like what you see, reach out and start the process. I can help you get that process started so feel free to check everything out on my website or give me a shout at 757.218.0247. Also, feel free to add me on Pinterest and let’s get a board started!

“The final product was a series of amazing photos that I will cherish for a lifetime!”
— Kyle

“Nicole is a dream to work with. Her dedication to capturing the perfect shot is evident.”

Here Is My List of Tips to Planning an Engagement Session

  • Start by doing a simple Google search of the styles you like. When you find them, save them to a Pinterest Board
  • Also, start checking out different Virginia Engagement Photographers to see who you relate with 
  • Develop a purpose for your engagement session – whether it’s just documenting this moment, or if you will be using the images for other reasons
  • Lastly, Use your engagement session for spending time together and intentionally focusing on what you love about your partner

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If I am available for your date, we will meet in person to talk about your values and what means the most to you. From there, we will create a custom package with exactly what you need. Nothing more, nothing less. 

You deserve the BEST wedding experience, which is why it's important to make sure we work well together. 
I only accept 15 weddings a year to ensure I can devote the proper attention to each couple. 

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